Owner of Shuttered Mountain View Restaurant Sued by Landlord for Missed RentA restaurant owner on the Peninsula is being sued by his landlord for failing to pay rent even though the business has been closed since March. John Ramos reports. (7-26-20)
Morgan Hill Goes All-In With Outdoor Dining as Pandemic Wears OnMorgan Hill is showing how much can be accomplished when you embrace change rather than try to resist it. John Ramos reports. (7-25-20)
Valencia Street in SF Mission District Goes Car-FreeA car-free Valencia Street has energized a neighborhood hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Betty Yu reports. (7-24-20)
Sonoma County, Early to Reopen Indoor Dining, Hit Hard by New State DirectiveThe governor's restrictions have dealt another economic and emotional blow to many businesses in Sonoma County. Betty Yu reports. (7-13-20)
Alameda County Restaurant Owners Slam State-County Confusion Over ReopeningSeveral cities in Alameda County pushed back on Saturday after the Alameda County Health Department suspended outdoor dining due to stricter state guidance. Da Lin reports. (7-11-20)
With Tech Campuses Deserted, Food Trucks Make House CallsIn Silicon Valley, instead of waiting for people to come to their food trucks, operators are taking their food trucks to the people. Len Ramirez reports. (7-10-20)
Berkeley Restaurateur Battles Insurance Companies Withholding Pandemic PayoutsMany insurance carriers are denying claims from businesses hard hit by the pandemic. In Berkeley, famed restaurateur Alice Waters is turning up the heat and fighting back. Da Lin reports (7-9-20)
Crowded Santana Row Restaurant Prompts Warnings of New ShutdownSouth Bay leaders warned that businesses could be shut down if they do not comply with social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines after troubling images emerged on Friday of crowding at a San Jose restaurant. Maria Medina reports. (7-3-20)
San Rafael Boosts Outdoor Dining as New Virus Cases Prompt Reopening RollbacksSan Rafael's Dining Under the Lights is a weekly event and is expected to last through the summer, so long as restrictions are not tightened again. Andrea Nakano reports. (7-2-20)
San Francisco Restaurants Report Mixed Results After ReopeningKPIX 5's Kenny Choi revisits several San Francisco restaurants to see how business has picked up in the past two weeks. (6-25-20)
Pleasanton Shuts Main Street to Traffic to Allow Al Fresco DiningMain Street in downtown Pleasanton was closed to vehicle traffic so businesses could take advantage of the new outdoor-dining rule. Da Lin reports. (6-20-20)
Battle Over Outdoor Dining at Fisherman's Wharf Threatens Longtime Seafood SupplierA parking lot between Scoma's restaurant and Pioneer Seafoods at Fisherman's Wharf has become a battleground for these businesses to survive. Kenny Choi reports. (6-12-20)
San Francisco Restaurants Reopen for Outdoor DiningThe city of San Francisco took its first step toward allowing restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining. Andria Borba reports. (6-12-20)
Santa Clara County, Former COVID-19 Hotspot, Enters Reopening Phase 2Beginning Friday, Santa Clara county will allow outdoor dining at restaurants, in-store retail shopping, swimming and outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people for religious or cultural ceremonies. Kiet Do reports. (6-5-20)
Pandemic Business Falloff Claims Pleasanton-Based Specialty's Cafe & BakerySpecialty's Cafe & Bakery, a Pleasanton-based chain that had locations around the West Coast and as far away as Chicago, announced Sunday it is going out of business after 33 years. Betty Yu reports. (5-17-20)
Napa Valley Pizza Chef's Online Cooking Demos Draw Global AudienceA celebrated Napa Valley chef offered a simple online cooking class to draw business to his pizza restaurant and it has become so popular that people now tune in from around the world. John Ramos reports. (5-16-20)
Carmel Restaurant Defies Coronavirus Lockdown OrderThe Tuck Box restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea is being fined for violating the shelter-in-place order by allowing table service and serving customers without masks or social distancing. Len Ramirez reports. (5-15-20)
North Beach Restaurants Ask City to Close Streets for Al Fresco DiningRestaurants and businesses in San Francisco's North Beach say they need breathing room and the North Beach Business Association has voted unanimously to do just that. Andria Borba reports. (5-15-20)
Berkeley Considers Opening Streets, Sidewalks, Public Spaces to Outdoor DiningBerkeley mayor Jesse Arreguín and vice mayor Sophie Hahn introduced legislation that would pave the way to safely reopen many of Berkeley’s popular dining establishments. Andria Borba reports. (5-14-20)
S.F. Restaurateurs Hope City Will Permit New Outdoor Dining Options After ReopeningThe coronavirus economic disaster has landed squarely on the service industry. So what can be done to mitigate a crisis that has already forced some restaurants to close for good? Wilson Walker reports. (5-9-20)
San Jose Plans to Let Restaurants Use City Streets, Property for Outdoor DiningA San Jose ordinance will provide local restaurants access to public space and private adjacent property for open-air operations. Devin Fehely reports. (5-8-20)
Famed Bay Area Restaurateur Leads Chefs Suing Insurers Over Denied Virus ClaimsLed by Thomas Keller, who made Yountville's The French Laundry a world-famous landmark of fine dining, a group of chefs who say they have paid millions in insurance premiums over the years are now organizing to demand their claims be paid. Anna Werner reports
S.F. Mayor Caps Third-Party Delivery Fees to Help Struggling RestaurantsSF mayor London Breed said to ensure the survival of restaurants, she executed an emergency ordinance to cap the fees at 15% that a third-party can charge a restaurant for delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Betty Yu reports. (4-10-20)
Bay Area Bars, Restaurants Get Creative to Stay Afloat During PandemicFrom takeout cocktails to "drink futures," Bay Area drinking and dining establishments are coming up with some clever ways to keep from going under. Andria Borba reports. (3-27-20)

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