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Welcome back to another segment of The Scoop, where you can find the latest news on all things trending.

HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:

Georgia farmer’s markets to return, pop-up style, as farmers struggle (WSBTV)

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, the University of Georgia’s agricultural college, and its networks of farm cooperative extension offices are working to create markets for Georgia produce. The first scheduled pop-up market is scheduled for May 20th in Dalton.

Ri Ra Irish Pub Closes Permanently in Midtown (Eater Atlanta)

After ten years in Midtown, Ri Ra Irish Pub is closed for good. But don’t blame the COVID-19 pandemic for this closure. The pub temporarily closed in late March due to the dining room shutdown caused by the ongoing pandemic. Eater Atlanta reached out to Ri Ra’s owners after a reader sent in a tip saying the restaurant’s sign, outdoor television, and furniture had recently been removed.

Ford Fry Reopens Marcel and BeetleCat for Dine-In Service Beginning May 18 (Eater Atlanta) Beginning the week of May 18, Ford Fry’s Westside Provisions District steakhouse Marcel and Inman Park seafood bar BeetleCat reopen for dine-in service. JCT Kitchen, The Optimist, and Superica at Battery Atlanta also reopen next week for takeout.

Cookbook of recipes by Alpharetta chefs will benefit charities (AJC) Alpharetta’s restaurants have contributed recipes to a digital cookbook with proceeds benefitting North Fulton Community Charites and The Place of Forsyth County. The two charities provide emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, and other services.

Dunkin’ is now selling plain doughnuts you can decorate at home (NBC Today Show) This week, Dunkin' (which officially dropped the "Donuts" from its name last year) started selling DIY decorating kits and, according to store managers, people can't wait to get their hands on the customizable sweet treats.

BUSINESS / RETAIL / REAL ESTATE:

Saks Fifth Avenue Reopens Phipps Plaza Store (What Now Atlanta)

Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, May 12, reopened its Atlanta store in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza, joining a list of neighboring retailers that resurfaced last week in the high-end mall.

Georgia’s farms face ‘a very sobering time’ as food demand craters (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Georgia’s dairy industry has taken the hardest hit, while poultry production has not seen a serious impact.

New survey asks what business owners need during pandemic (AJC)

A COVID Business Impact Survey has a new round of questions for North Fulton business owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Roswell Inc. are conducting the survey through May 17.

Peachtree City, Henry and Fayette counties to open public buildings Monday (AJC)

Peachtree City and Henry and Fayette counties said public buildings such as City Hall, county administrative offices and the Henry County Airport will open on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic closed them in March.

ARTS / LIFESTYLE / GENERAL INTEREST:

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs special rendition of “Georgia on My Mind” (WSBTV) It’s the official state song of Georgia, and it’s even more fitting today during the coronavirus pandemic. “Georgia on My Mind” has been around for decades and remains a special song to Georgians. But the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed its version of the classic while practicing social distancing. The ASO released this version on Tuesday to honor the front line workers for International Nurses Day.

Air National Guard to fly over Atlanta, other parts of Georgia to honor health care workers (WSBTV) Many of you are going to be in for a treat as another flyover is planned for Georgia Friday morning. This time, it’s the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing that will be in the air. The Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard posted on Facebook that its aircraft will begin its flyover at 10 a.m. The route will hit Ellijay, Gordon County, south over Atlanta to Phoebe Putney Medical Center in Albany, Waycross, Brunswick, and areas around Savannah.

Zoo Atlanta announces its reopening date (WSBTV) The zoo will reopen to the public on Saturday but with some changes to help keep visitors safe. Here are the new procedures for visitors: timed ticketing, outdoor experience, one-way experience to optimize social distancing, promoting wellness, encouraging recommended self-care.

Ludacris, Mike Will Made-It partner to give masks to MARTA employees (AJC)

Atlanta rapper Ludacris and music producer Mike Will Made-It partnered with a local sewing company to distribute masks to MARTA employees, the transit agency announced Wednesday.

Oakland Cemetary to host virtual Atlanta history trivia night (AJC)

The Oakland Cemetery may be closed, but they’re finding creative ways to interact with visitors at home. The historic cemetery is hosting a virtual trivia night to test residents’ knowledge of Atlanta history.

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