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- San Francisco’s industrial eviction moratorium ends on September 14, and that has numerous restaurants in Japantown nervous about their futures, KQED reports. Solely two landlords personal the properties within the Japan Heart mall, and a type of — Kinokuniya Bookstores of America — has refused to reply to any of its tenants’ makes an attempt to renegotiate hire, although their companies have been fully shut down for a lot of the pandemic. Diane Matsuda, a lawyer for 40 of the tenants, says that along with hire worries, Davis Property Administration, which took over day-to-day administration of the Kinokuniya’s properties in 2018, has elevated common-area upkeep prices by 100 p.c. “Hire is contracted and due by the tenants,” property supervisor Kirsten Fletcher tells KQED in response, however Matsuda says that that insistence means “you’re actually speaking about us dropping actually a complete ethnic neighborhood that has been right here because the begin of the 19th century.”
- After Alameda County well being inspectors shut down chef Mona Leena Michael’s flatbread hustle and headline-making pop-up Broke Ass Cooks, SF Chronicle meals critic Soleil Ho is pleading “please don’t call the cops on pop-ups.” Officers inform Ho that they’ve been getting “quite a few complaints about noticed unlawful meals operations,” as increasingly more jobless restaurant staff launch companies to remain solvent through the pandemic. In fact, these operations wouldn’t be unlawful if Bay Space counties opted in to California Retail Meals Code AB-626, which in 2018 allowed the gross sales of home-cooked meals. However, look out: Enterprise capitalists are additionally huge into permitting residence cooks to launch companies, KQED reports, throwing thousands and thousands at startups that search to Uber-fy the impartial chef recreation. “We’re nervous that these gig financial system tech firms are going to essentially come to dominate the home-made meals sector,” native meals advocate Christina Oatfield says, and that cooks ought to have a look at how trip hail firms moved to enroll, then reduce wages for drivers as a cautionary story for pandemic hustles.
- The Nob Hill Gazette frets over the “Future of Fine Dining,” writing “At a time when so many individuals have misplaced their lives, fallen unwell or been laid off, it could appear crass to mourn the demise of a few of the highest echelons of eating. But there are few higher bellwethers of normalcy than the state of fantastic eating.” That idea appears borne out by this SF Chronicle item from the weekend, which reviews that Napa’s “fantastic eating eating places are seeing greater demand than ever,” particularly since in Napa, you possibly can eat indoors.
- Berkeley is the newest Bay Space metropolis to mull fines for masks scofflaws. Its metropolis council is contemplating an ordinance that might permit its well being officer to cross administrative citations out to companies or people who don’t comply with present well being orders, Berkeleyside reports. “There are individuals who don’t wish to put on masks,” Councilmember Kate Harrison says, “and people folks must be given citations.” They’ll talk about the proposal at their next council meeting, on September 15.
- Mission cocktail bar Trick Dog will launch a burgers-and-fries providing they’re calling “Quik Canine” on September 17. In a press launch, they are saying the takeout-only restaurant-inside-a-bar will serve “burgers, sizzling canine, salads + fries, sodas for teenagers and sodas for adults” from Four-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. There’s additionally a faux-meat Past burger and “QuikNuggets,” which doesn’t seem to be a plea for a lawsuit from an especially litigious quick meals chain in any respect.
- You’ll be shocked to hear that as restaurants run out of Paycheck Safety Program mortgage cash, they’re nervous about shutting down for good. [SF Chronicle]
- Menlo Park chef Charlie Parker most just lately toiled at Mayfield Bakery, which shut down in July. Now he’s launched a brand new weekly meals supply service, “a solution to keep in contact with pals and assist them out,” he says. [Palo Alto Online]