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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Good news for sandwich lovers -- the newly merged Pret-A-Manger clones Pyat Zvyozd and Prime have begun operating as one chain, now to be known as Prime Star. Two Prime Stars have already opened, one on Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka and one on Pyatnitskaya Ulitsa. With plans to soon open a Prime Star on Kamergersky Pereulok, after the existing Prime's rebranding there will be two outlets on the pedestrian street. Although there are no plans to change the existing Pyat Zvyozd interiors immediately, they will slowly be brought in line with the new design concept that aims for a warmer, cozier atmosphere. The menu remains effectively the same, although there are plans to introduce new options such as toasted sandwiches with prawns and ruccola, smoked salmon, and roast beef with tomato grill. There are plans to open 14 to 16 outlets by the year's end, including -- much to the relief of long-suffering office workers forced to eat inferior canteen slop -- inside office buildings.

7/5 Ul. Bolshaya Dmitrovka, Bldg. 1, 629-5011, M. Pushkinskaya.

5 Pyatnitskaya Ul., Bldg. 1, M. Novokuznetskaya.

The Kolbasoff chain of alehouses is gearing up to celebrate Oktoberfest. Running from 8 p.m. this Saturday through to Oct. 6, the festival is to feature four varieties of specially brewed beer: Paulaner-Oktoberfest, Lowenbrau-Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr-Oktoberfest and Hofbrauhaus-Oktoberfest. Prices for all the draft beers are the same -- 145/205/395/595 rubles for 0.3/0.5/1/1.6 liters, respectively. Two special festival dishes have been added to the menu, pork "wings" (ribs) served with mashed potato, cabbage and chili sauce (480 rubles) and Munich pork ribs baked in BBQ sauce served with mashed potato and cabbage (380 rubles). There are to be numerous contests involving beer, with the grand prize being a home brewery setup. In a nod to the Oktoberfest tradition of starting the festival with a ceremonial tapping of the first keg, Kolbasoff is to open its festival with a simultaneous tapping of Paulaner-Oktoberfest kegs in every one of its branches.

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On a similar beery theme, Beer Brother's (pictured) is running, in conjunction with Bakalar beer, a special promotion through to Sept. 20. Customers who buy two mugs of the Czech Bakalar and fill in an entry form, are to be entered into a competition. The main prize is an evening in the beer restaurant's VIP hall for the winner and friends with unlimited free karaoke, beer snacks and beer. Other prizes include a 15 percent discount card plus a case of Bakalar and a 10 percent discount card plus a liter of beer.

15 Leninsky Prospekt, 748-7142, M. Oktyabrskaya.