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The residents of Ménerbes, Peter Mayle's former home immortalized in A Year in Provence, are up in arms again. Eli Zabar, who owns New York's haute deli E.A.T. and gourmet emporium The Vinegar Factory as well as a getaway house in this Lubéron town, has bought the scruffy local hangout Café du Progres. Does this mean lox and bagels and $18 chicken salad sandwiches? Locals are hoping he will be a good neighbor and just leave it as it is.

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