Food trucks are coming back to downtown San Francisco next week
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- After more than a year of hiatus, food trucks are retreating to downtown next week, which is expected to coincide with California’s official reopening on June 15. Lamas Peruvian Truck, Bacon Bacon and Rice Bucket will be among the offerings when Off the Grid launches its food truck spots at Salesforce Tower (Tuesday and Thursday), Levi Plaza (Tuesday through Wednesday), as well as further south at Menlo Park (Wednesday only). Other food trucks are expected to join the rotation in the coming weeks.
- San Francisco-based chocolate company Dandelion Chocolate laid off a number of staff and slashed hours and salaries for remaining employees last week, as SFist first reported. The cuts follow an organizing drive earlier this year, with employees seeking to address pay issues, worker safety and management’s failure to address staff concerns. Union organizers said the layoffs were targeted, saying all dismissed employees were members of the organizing committee and said they planned to file an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The company responded by saying the cuts were purely economic and those affected by the layoffs and cuts included both union and non-union supporters. [SFist, SF Chronicle]
- Upcoming fine-dining restaurant Osito is finally set to debut in Mission, reports the SF Chronicle, with tickets now on sale from Oct. 15 through the end of 2021. Originally planned as a joint wood-fired dining experience serving 15-course tasting menus for $ 200, chef and owner Seth Stowaway has since scratched the part common and moved the menu to about 10 rounds of over 20 dishes for $ 295. All cooking will still be wood-fired, and the restaurant, located at 2875 18th Street, will open with a separate cocktail bar serving Tex-Mex snacks. [SF Chronicle]
- The founder of Boavida Cafe left the cafe at the end of June, citing “a necessary separation from the silent business partnership behind it” and months of negotiations. Andrea de Francisco, who previously owned Cafe St. Jorge in Bernal, first opened Cafe Boavida in the Outer Sunset in 2019, and it quickly became a thriving Portuguese egg tart destination. While she hasn’t announced next steps, de Francisco says she’s open to pursuing new businesses, including small business counseling.
- Berkeley Lalime’s Mediterranean restaurant will not return in any form, reports Berkeleyside, the 35-year-old staple owners citing a combination of pandemic-induced losses and their desire to retire. Despite hopes that new owners will take over the business, real estate investor Ito Ripsteen has purchased the building and plans to renovate and replace the restaurant, but with a restaurant that will “honor Lalime’s legacy”, he said. he told Berkeleyside. [Berkeleyside]