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The ‘Red Violin’ Surfaces at FIG; Dan Akroyd Will Bartend at Beverly WIlshire

• Stradivarius’$2 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” violin, the legendary subject of the film Red Violin, was played by owner Elizabeth Pitcairn last night at a small gathering at FIG restaurant at The Fairmont. [Grub Street]

• A federal advisory panel seems to be leaning toward endorsing genetically modified salmon. [NYT]

• Dan Aykroyd is guest bar-tending at BLVD Lounge at Beverly Wilshire this Thursday night. [Feast]

• L.A. City Council approved concession contracts for Florida-based Areas USA and THS-Marbella Food Services, which is connected to longtime concessionaire Delaware North Companies. The local chef-driven SSP will have to rebid. [L.A. Times]

• West L.A.’s The Arsenal has closed for interior remodeling. [Eater]

• Andrew Meieran, the Edison owner who will take over Clifton’s Cafeteria on Wednesday, swears, “It will fully be Clifton’s as people know it…What it’s historically been will continue.” [L.A. Times]

• A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife is arguing that he had too much caffeine before the crime and thus, was temporarily insane. [NYDN]

The ‘Red Violin’ Surfaces at FIG; Dan Akroyd Will Bartend at Beverly WIlshire