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)
With On-Premises Dining Prohibited, Restaurants See Boom in Take-OutThe statewide stay-at-home order has forced small business owners to think outside the box. Maria Medina reports. (3-20-20)
Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Announces Sweeping New Measures to Combat COVID-19 OutbreakGov. Gavin Newsom announced at a Sunday press conference that all bars, nightclubs, wineries et. al. would be closed; also that nursing home and hospital visits will be restricted to end-of-life visitation. (3-15-20)
Apps Bring New Popularity to ‘Ghost Kitchen’ Business ModelThey’ve got everything you need to prepare the food but “ghost kitchens” don’t cater to actual customers. They’re helping some eateries expand and helping others get their feet wet in the restaurant world with less overhead. Maria Medina reports. (2-13-20)
Taste of the NFL Recipe: Dungeness Crab Fried Rice With Uni MayoParke Ulrich, head chef of Waterbar / Epic Steak in San Francisco, is representing the 49ers at the "Taste of the NFL" event in Miami with this special Dungeness crab fried rice recipe. Vern Glenn reports. (1-25-20)
Owner of Beloved San Francisco Bistro Sells Business to StaffA famed dining spot in Cole Valley is preparing for a major change and, surprisingly, it's a happy ending. Wilson Walker reports. (1-16-20)
Santa Clara County Website Lets Users Check Restaurant Inspection RecordsSanta Clara County has a plan in place to make sure restaurants are paying workers the correct wages; a pilot program was launched that will puts the information online and searchable. Mark Sayre reports. (12-27-19)
Christmas Day Business Booms at Jewish Delicatessen in BerkeleyWith so many places closed on Christmas it can be tough to find a good meal if you're out and about. At Saul's in Berkeley, though, it's the busiest day of the year -- a party where everyone is welcome. Don Ford reports. (12-25-19)
Crab Fishermen Face Danger To Catch Profit As Delayed Dungeness Season OpensThe commercial Dungeness crab season finally kicked off Sunday and, while local fishermen have been waiting to get back out to sea, this year’s season opener is not for the faint of heart. John Ramos reports. (12-15-19)
Old Skool Cafe At Chase Center Food Concourse Helps Community YouthOld Skool Cafe hires young people out of jail, foster care, or troubled homes and trains them for the restaurant business. Betty Yu reports. (10-10-19)
Popular, Long-Lived Deli Set to Close in Redwood CityWoodside Deli has been serving up subs for 61 years and is still bustling today. Now it has become the latest casualty of a ballooning Bay Area problem. Anne Makovec reports. (9-26-19)
Bay Area Bakery Chain Set to Close at End of AugustFor fans of the Prolific Oven’s chocolate cakes and other decadent desserts, the news was bittersweet: the beloved bakery chain is closing its doors. Devin Fehely reports. (8-16-19)

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