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The Palm’s Copley Place outpost closed, and a brand new, spacious iteration takes its place in the Financial District. Why go? If you want to remember what it’s like to live in a balmier economic era. Leisurely midday meals are supposedly extinct, with workers hunkered down in cubicles skipping their breaks. But here the business lunch is alive and well, as wine and cocktails are poured for patrons looking less than rushed on the sunny patio. (One sign of our times is the “Modern Power Lunch” menu, $25.90 for three courses.) As for the after-work hours, a bartender says, they are “controlled chaos.” The bar is a fine place to overhear other people’s office gossip and look at the locally flavored caricatures that cover the walls.
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