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  1. Celebrity Settings
    Cameron Diaz and Diddy Cross the Friend Line at PH-D; Ryan Reynolds and BlakePlus: Julie Macklowe throws herself a party at the Box, Brian Mazza and Tinsley Mortimer fuel engagement rumors at the Ainsworth, and more, in our weekly roundup of celebrity dining.
  2. Openings
    Lola’s Zombie Is Finally Zonked Out by New Pizza PlaceTresanti is finally poised to invigorate the old Lola space.
  3. Slideshow
    First Look at Lina Frey’s Retractable Skylight and Sidewalk CrêpeThe former owner of Boucarou opens a new spot across from his old digs.
  4. Closings
    Ghosts of Soho Restaurants Past: Tailor, Lola, and the MottThree closed restaurants shrouded in mystery.
  5. Reopenings
    Lola Is Down, But Claims Not to Be OutThe embattled soul-food spot may reopen at another location.
  6. Mediavore
    Andrew Carmellini’s Plans for Ago; Ciprianis Give Up Rainbow RoomPlus: restaurants really want your business, and Lola shutters, all in our morning news roundup.
  7. In the Magazine
    The Food War Between Old and New ContinuesThe attentions of New York’s food staff are divided between modernity and tradition. Gael Greene is vexed with Provence, a reopened French restaurant which was faithfully conventional even in its former incarnation. Rob and Robin, apart from their usual announcements of new places in Openings, extract from Anthos chef Michael Psilakis a comparatively novel recipe for mature dandelion greens. And Adam Platt finds himself caught in the middle of Marco Canora’s half-modern, half-classical menu at Insieme.
  8. NewsFeed
    Lola Scores Liquor License, Teary-Eyed ‘Top Chef’The path to serving booze downtown is especially tricky these days — even for a restaurant, like Lola, with a long, respected track record. The haute southern favorite was sitting pretty for almost two decades on 22nd Street, with two stars from the Times and a loyal clientele, but the usual cadre of community activists opposed granting the place a liquor license when the owners found a new space in Soho. Two years later, they’ve won the right to pour freely. The new Lola will open in early February with emotional Top Chef season-one finalist (and breakout star) Dave Martin as its chef. It remains to be seen whether Martin will collapse into one of his trademark breakdowns; perhaps Top Chef fans can request one when they make reservations. Lola, 15 Watts St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-675-6700.