Rum on the Rise; Del Posto Goes Green

• As tropical drinks move to the forefront of mixology, rum is making a comeback. [NYT]

• Brunch service is on the rise in bars. [NYT]

Del Posto has instituted a variety of ecofriendly initiatives, including biodiesel production for Joe Bastianich’s car. [NYO]

Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren is angry about competition from Las Vegas–based candy shop Sugar Factory. [NYP]

• Prior to last month’s Park Slope labor crackdown, workers were getting paid well below minimum wage: In one case, a deliveryman/dishwasher at Olive Vine Cafe allegedly worked 72 hours for $260. [Brooklyn Paper]

• McDonald’s president Ralph Alvarez is stepping down at the end of the month owing to health-related concerns. [NRN]

• Former Saveur staffers have started Canal House Cooking, a self-published triannual food magazine. [NYT]

• An influx of wealth has made Hong Kong a new hub for wine. [WSJ]

• Sam Adams’s new Utopia beer, which is 27 percent alcohol, is banned in thirteen states. [NYDN]

• Restaurateur Jan Mitchell passed away at 96 last week. [Lost City]

• A Queens woman was raped at the same nightclub where Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg last year. [NYP]

Rum on the Rise; Del Posto Goes Green