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— An oh-so-Brooklyn bar (of sorts) has quietly been selling drinks since January out of a shipping container that is half D.J. booth and half bar, with some makeshift chairs and tables outside. The Lot Radio has set up shop at 17 Nassau Avenue.

— Landmarked Brooklyn restaurant Gage and Tollner will be permanently returning to its state as a restaurant soon, but before that happens, Downtown Brooklyn is hosting a restaurateur’s roundtable in the space to talk about the industry and the neighborhood. Esther Choi of Mokbar, Anna Castellani from Dekalb Market, Noah Bernamoff from Mile End, and Stan Liu from The Wei will be on the panel. Tickets cost $20 and include snacks from Brooklyn Brewery.

— Upper East Side candy store The Sweet Shop has been shuttered by the Department of Health. After an inspector found a violation, the shop did not grant access to the back prep area, resulting in 33 points of violations. The owner points to lost keys as the reason, but the DOH says the shop has not yet requested a reinspection.

— Of course there’s now a backlash to the prevalence of Wifi at coffee shops: A new trend of refusing to offer Wifi at a coffee shop, led here in New York City by Cafe Grumpy.

— Homegrown Cambodian sandwich chain Num Pang now has a location in Boston.

— Test your dumpling knowledge at a blind tasting this Sunday, May 31 at Dumpling Galaxy in Flushing. Teams of up to six people have the potential to win a night of 1,000 dumplings, AKA an all-you-can-eat dumpling fest. Tickets and more details here.

— And finally, a video on the best way to brew coffee at home to help you through the rest of the week:

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