Exactly one year ago today, a couple good friends opened a needlessly delicious establishment called Vinal just blocks from where Jessie and I live in Cambridge, MA. Like, just gratuitously tasty. And like many places, they closed their doors when quarantine started. But now… they are risen. And giving a damn good account of themselves in the new to-go paradigm.
I tried to lend a hand by making them a custom crossword to offer alongside their indefensibly scrumptious wares, and I’m offering a version of that grid to you today, along with a recommendation for y’all aspiring constructors out there: make puzzles for local businesses! Print them out and carry them over and tell them, “Here, maybe your customers will dig this as a little promotion to go along with your falafel/kung pow/tikka masala/etc.”
The folks at Vinal apparently sold out their goods in minutes, which I assume goes down to how much their customers love hot cross…words. But this idea is endlessly repeatable.