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Early Morning Fire Damages Union Square’s Pacific Cocktail Haven

Early Morning Fire Damages Union Square’s Pacific Cocktail Haven

Filed under:The popular cocktail bar had just reopened with outdoor food and drinks, from longtime SF bartender Kevin Diedrich, was seriously damaged in an early morning fire Monday, February 22. According to Diedrich, no one was injured, but the bar — which reopened for outdoor service earlier this month — was significantly damaged and lost all its inventory in the blaze.According to San Francisco Fire Department Spokesperson Lt. Jonathan Baxter, the one-alarm blaze at 570 Sutter Street — a commercial building that houses PCH — was reported at around 3 a.m. on February 22. Forty-four...

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Doordash Kidnapping Victim Better Served by GoFundMe Than His Actual Employer

Doordash Kidnapping Victim Better Served by GoFundMe Than His Actual Employer

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Doordash’s CEO is a newly minted billionaire. Its drivers can’t afford child care.Folks across San Francisco were jolted awake Saturday night, as their phones blared an Amber Alert...

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SF Mayor Says ‘We Have No Control’ Over Easing Restrictions on Outdoor Dining

SF Mayor Says ‘We Have No Control’ Over Easing Restrictions on Outdoor Dining

Filed under:Restaurant workers and doctors continue to question the city’s “indefinite” stay-at-home orderBetween so-called , the lack of federal financial support, skepticism over the dangers of sit-down dining, and , some San Francisco restaurant industry workers say they’ve had enough, and are calling on city officials to reopen outdoor dining and drinking as soon as it can. But in a press conference Tuesday, January 5, Mayor London Breed said their ire is misplaced, as the city cannot make its own decisions on what can and cannot reopen.RelatedThey made their case in front of San...

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New California Law Raptures Thousands of Restaurants From Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub

New California Law Raptures Thousands of Restaurants From Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub

Filed under:From January 1, apps like GrubHub and DoorDash can only offer delivery from restaurants they’re directly partnered with — instead of listing restaurants without permissionA California law that took effect on January 1 has prompted the removal of tens of thousands of restaurants from food delivery apps like SF-based Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and Caviar. The law, which was approved last fall, requires apps to offer delivery only from restaurants with which they have a direct partnership and to pull listings from any restaurants with which they do not have a current...

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San Francisco’s Lockdown and Quarantine Has Been Extended ‘Indefinitely’

San Francisco’s Lockdown and Quarantine Has Been Extended ‘Indefinitely’

Filed under:Outdoor dining will be shut down well into 2021San Francisco’s stay-at-home order, which was tentatively expected to lift as of January 7 2021, has been extended “indefinitely,” Mayor London Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced Thursday. In addition, officials say, the city might keep its stay-at-home in place even after the state lifts it, depending on “key health indicators.” That means that activities including outdoor dining will remain forbidden in San Francsico for an unforeseen length of time.The announcement was a surprise to those who attended...

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Tenderloin Restaurant Advertises Sit-Down New Year’s Eve Bash, Despite State and Local Health Orders

Tenderloin Restaurant Advertises Sit-Down New Year’s Eve Bash, Despite State and Local Health Orders

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Also: A restaurant faces $20,000 in fines for violating CA’s stay-at-home order, and more news to know todayWelcome to p.m. Intel, your bite-sized roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant...

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California Shuts Down the Entire Bay Area Until January 7 (At Least)

California Shuts Down the Entire Bay Area Until January 7 (At Least)

Filed under:San Mateo County and wine country must join the region in lockdownWe knew it was coming. Less than two weeks after California’s skyrocketing COVID-19 case rate would trigger a stay-at-home order in the hardest-hit regions — and only 10 days after — it’s official. As of December 16, the full area the California Department of Public Health has denoted as the Bay Area has a critical shortage of intensive care unit beds, and it must shutter several activities, including all sit-down dining.RelatedAccording to the latest numbers from the state DPH, there are 200,518 reported cases of...

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That Price Hike Delivery Apps Threatened If Prop 22 Failed? It’s Happening Anyway

That Price Hike Delivery Apps Threatened If Prop 22 Failed? It’s Happening Anyway

Filed under:Prices on every Uber Eats and Doordash order are expected to rise by December 16Folks who voted for Proposition 22 in hopes that it would keep gig worker-supported services like food delivery cheaper might be in for a surprise the next time they place an order on their favorite app. This week, companies including Uber Eats and Doordash say that customers will pay higher prices across California, as fees are increased to offer workers a benefits package in lieu of classifying drivers as employees.The ballot measure, which in the November 2020 election, was the most expensive in...

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That Price Hike Delivery Apps Threatened If Prop 22 Failed? It’s Happening Anyway

That Price Hike Delivery Apps Threatened If Prop 22 Failed? It’s Happening Anyway

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Prices on every Uber Eats and Doordash order are expected to rise by December 16Folks who voted for Proposition 22 in hopes that it would keep gig worker-supported services like food...

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High-End Indian Restaurant August 1 Five Closes Permanently

High-End Indian Restaurant August 1 Five Closes Permanently

Filed under:The four-year-old spot from a former Google manager will shutter on December 20, the Civic Center–area modern Indian restaurant known for its lushly designed dining room and ambitious menu, will permanently close, founder Hetal Shah announced Friday morning. The four-year-old restaurant will continue to serve takeout and delivery through December 20.Shah, a former Google manager, opened August 1 Five in November of 2016 after “a huge gap in the San Francisco dining scene” when it came to modern takes on traditional Indian dishes. After a brief search, she found the...

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Beloved Dive Bar Lucky 13 Closes For Good

Beloved Dive Bar Lucky 13 Closes For Good

Filed under:Also: SF Mayor London Breed regrets her French Laundry trip, and more news to know todayWelcome to p.m. Intel, your bite-sized roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant news. Tips are always welcome, .Sign up for our newsletter.Sign up for our newsletter.Filed under:Everything you need to merrily eat, drink, and shop your way through the rest of 2020Filed under:Filed under:

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Bar Owner Says Union Square Should be ‘Preserved’ From Homeless People

Bar Owner Says Union Square Should be ‘Preserved’ From Homeless People

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Also: Some NorCal restaurants are flouting coronavirus shutdown rules, and more news to know todayWelcome to p.m. Intel, your midday roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant news from...

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 in San Francisco

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 in San Francisco

You don’t need us to tell you that Thanksgiving is different this year. Large gatherings of far-off friends and family members are out, as are jam-packed buffets or family-style restaurant meals. (Travel is also ill-advised, unless you’re ready to quarantine for 14 days when you get back.)That means that 2020 is everyone’s opportunity to start new traditions. Some might opt for an outdoor and socially-distant feast at a popular restaurant, bundled up in blankets against the autumn chill, while other households might prepare a meal together, from fresh ingredients picked for them by a cadre...

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San Francisco Shuts Down All Indoor Dining After 250 Percent Increase in COVID-19 Cases

San Francisco Shuts Down All Indoor Dining After 250 Percent Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Filed under:A spike in COVID-19 cases prompted the city to shut dining rooms back downThis is a breaking story, and will be updated as more information is made available.Six weeks after the city and county of, cases of COVID-19 have skyrocketed by 250 percent, city officials say. That’s why, as of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020, restaurants will be required to shut their indoor dining operations down again, and to revert to an outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery model for an unknown period of time.RelatedThere were warning signs that a reopening rollback was on the horizon: On...

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Underage Booze Sting Targets Delivery App Drivers

Underage Booze Sting Targets Delivery App Drivers

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San Francisco Pauses Restaurant Reopening After COVID-19 Cases Increase

San Francisco Pauses Restaurant Reopening After COVID-19 Cases Increase

Filed under:Dining rooms were expected to open at 50 percent capacity on November 3, but an increase in coronavirus cases has stopped that plan in its tracks.San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Friday, October 30, that the city will temporarily pause most reopening efforts planned for early November, following an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the city.Just 10 days ago, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (DPH) , restaurants would be allowed to expand indoor dining from 25 percent capacity, with a cap of 100 patrons, to 50 percent capacity/200 patrons,...

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Bay Area Culinary Icon Cecilia Chiang Dies at Age 100

Bay Area Culinary Icon Cecilia Chiang Dies at Age 100

Filed under:Known as the woman behind Chinese food in America, Cecilia Chiang was one of the Bay Area’s most beloved food figuresCecilia Chiang, the Shanghai-born restaurateur who revolutionized the national food scene with her approach to Northern Chinese cuisine, died this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. She was 100 years old.Born on September 18, 1920 to a wealthy family in Wuxi, Chiang was raised in Beijing . During China’s war with Japan, Chiang and her sister, “disguised as peasants” () fled hundreds of miles to Sichuan. That was the first of many escapes from war-torn...

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SF Bars Without Food Will Open for Outdoor Drinking Next Month for the First Time Since March

SF Bars Without Food Will Open for Outdoor Drinking Next Month for the First Time Since March

Filed under:Indoor dining rooms will also double their capacity on Nov. 3After three weeks in the “orange” stage of , San Francisco’s COVID-19 numbers are low enough that the county can move into the final stage of reopening (with infection risk within the city deemed “minimal”), state officials are expected to announce Tuesday. As part of that improved new stage of reopening, San Francisco restaurants will be allowed to operate indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, and bars that do not serve food — all of which have been closed since the pandemic began — will reopen for outdoor...

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Oct 20
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Woman Killed, Seven Others Injured When Driver Slams Into San Jose Outdoor Dining Spot

Woman Killed, Seven Others Injured When Driver Slams Into San Jose Outdoor Dining Spot

Filed under:The driver of an SUV “accidentally accelerated” into an outdoor dining setup in a Bay Area parking lotOne woman was killed and seven other people were injured Sunday, when a driver accelerated into an outdoor dining area outside a popular Bay Area dim sum restaurant, striking several seated parties with his SUV., the crash was reported at 12:27 p.m. on October 11, in the parking lot of San Jose’s Grand Century mall, when a 69-year-old male driver behind the wheel of a 2000 Toyota 4Runner slammed into three women and five men — “all of them sitting at various tables,” — as they...

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Bizarre Robot Heist Rattles Beloved Ice Cream Shop Toy Boat by Jane

Bizarre Robot Heist Rattles Beloved Ice Cream Shop Toy Boat by Jane

Filed under:“Who steals toys from an ice cream store? And why?”Shoplifting and petty theft are part of the game when you own a small business, any restaurateur can tell you. But a crime that went down this week at , of , is anything but usual, as it involved costumes, an elaborate setup, and the theft of items with little to no financial value.When Jesse and Roberta Fink, the founders of Toy Boat, announced their retirement in June, a city mourned: The Inner Richmond snack shop had fed generations of San Franciscans ice cream and treats in an environment of toys and collectibles assembled...

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Postmates Is Over $929.3 Million in the Hole

Postmates Is Over $929.3 Million in the Hole

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SF’s Indoor Dining Rules: Televisions Forbidden, Employee ‘De-Escalation’ Training Mandatory

SF’s Indoor Dining Rules: Televisions Forbidden, Employee ‘De-Escalation’ Training Mandatory

Filed under:San Francisco’s restaurant dining rooms are open for businessAs of September 30, , with a capacity limit of 25 percent and a maximum of 100 people. Of course, to reopen, issued by the city’s Department of Public Health Wednesday morning.RelatedThere are a number of requirements and prohibitions to note, especially if you’re a restauranteur or a diner concerned about only visiting spots that follow every single rule. The entire guidance document is embedded below, but here are some of the most interesting aspects to note:Food and beverage service must end at midnight, though...

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Sep 30
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SF Officials Reverse Position on Capacity Limits for Indoor Dining

SF Officials Reverse Position on Capacity Limits for Indoor Dining

Filed under:A day after city officials angered restaurateurs by saying that far fewer diners would be allowed indoors than expected, San Francisco’s health department has apparently changed its mind.Update: Saturday, September 26, 7:14 p.m.: On Friday, officials with San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (DPH) shocked restaurant owners by announcing that when indoor dining resumes in the city at 25 percent capacity, that 25 percent would include restaurant workers — a decision that would leave many of the city’s smallest and most at-risk restaurants out of that level of reopening, or...

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Sep 25
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Tenderloin Streets Close to Cars, Transforming Into a Gigantic Outdoor Dining Space

Tenderloin Streets Close to Cars, Transforming Into a Gigantic Outdoor Dining Space

Filed under:Restaurants across the Tenderloin will spill out onto the street every Thursday-SundayAfter months of work by neighborhood groups and political officials, several restaurants in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood will soon spill out beyond their smattering of sidewalk-bound tables and chairs, taking over area streets with expansive outdoor dining setups where cars used to speed through.RelatedAccording to Honey Mahogany, a legislative aide to District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney (who represents the Tenderloin), the street closure will begin on Thursday, September 24 and will...

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Worries Mount Over Fate of 40-Year-Old SoMa Leather Bar the Eagle

Worries Mount Over Fate of 40-Year-Old SoMa Leather Bar the Eagle

Filed under:Also: BART will help restaurants turn train seats into dining room fixtures, and more news to know todayWelcome to p.m. Intel, your midday roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant news from publications near and far. Tips are always welcome, .Sign up for our newsletter.Sign up for our newsletter.Filed under:

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