• It’s here, and it’s spicy: David Thompson’s Long Chim arrives at Crown after some hot (sorry) anticipation.

• South Yarra, you have a new wine bar. Naked for Satan and Borsch Vodka & Tears alums have turned a century-old terrace into Shadowboxer Bar and Kitchen.

• Nearby in Prahran, The Bird Watching Society has reopened, and the bar – it’s better than ever.

• In the city, Cookie is inviting all gin lovers to its place for a small batch gin bash.

• If beer’s more your thing, head to Westside Ale Works, now serving punchy brews inspired by America’s West Coast in South Melbourne.

• West Coast USA also inspired Big Dog’s Deli, a new American-style sandwich shop in Richmond that believes you can have sandwiches for dinner.

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• In Fitzroy North, alums from Grossi Florentino and Jacques Reymond want you to bring your own wine to The Recreation, their new bistro and bottle shop.

• Suburban Tokyo has come to Yarraville. Try one of 26 Japanese whiskies at Azabu Juban.

• In sad closure news, Footscray’s much-loved Olympic Doughnuts announced it won’t be reopening after temporarily shutting in mid-2016.