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Heidi Knapp Rinella

Food, Restaurant critic
Twitter: @HKRinella

Heidi Knapp Rinella is an award-winning journalist with more than 35 years of experience as a writer and editor at newspapers in Ohio, Florida and Nevada, and is the author of seven books. She’s been with the Review-Journal as a feature writer and food critic since October 1999.

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Nora’s Italian Cuisine moves to new digs

The new spot, which had a soft opening Sept. 21, seats about 166 (compared to 115 for the old one) and has a patio complete with bocce pit. Upstairs will be a banquet room with its own bar and balcony.

As one Andre’s restaurant departs, expect two more

Joe Marsco, managing partner of Andre Rochat’s restaurants, said the group will open a restaurant in the southwestern valley by the end of the year, and they’re also planning a project downtown. The Andre’s at Mandalay Bay is expected to close Wednesday.

Gold Spike reaching out to downtown hipster crowd

The Gold Spike has morphed into a sort of extension of the nearby Zappos headquarters, with “co-working” space during the day and plenty to do at night, including Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night and Down & Derby disco skating parties.

Takes some looking, but readers find birch beer

Crowded off the supermarket shelves by newer flavors and what seems like a million variations of Coke, those old-favorite soft drinks still strike a chord with many people, including Gerald Garnett, who’s looking for birch beer. And his fellow Taste of the Town readers have sources for him.

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