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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Closes; Bars Expect to Be Busy Tonight

• The Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Arlington Heights plans to close on January 20. [Daily Herald]

• The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest bar nights of the year, apparently because everyone wants to drink with friends before family obligations. [Crain’s]

• Tallow carvings will decorate military dining halls across the country this Thanksgiving, and other news from the glossy white underbelly of the tallow-sculpture world. [WSJ]

• Turkeys as we know them are actually a kind of breast-heavy Frankenbird that can’t even reproduce naturally. Says one frank turkey scientist, “[They] can’t mount.” [USAT]

• Better step it up, France. If Michelin stars are any indicator, Japan might soon surpass the Gallic nation in culinary accolades. We detect the makings of a really good reality competition here. [Japan RealTime/WSJ]

• Six processed-food companies, including Hostess and Butterball, have agreed to cut sodium levels by 25 percent over five years. [UPI]

• China’s top money guy claims speculators and hoarders manipulated commodity prices and caused the country’s spike in food costs. [WSJ]

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Closes; Bars Expect to Be Busy Tonight