“I’m broke as f—,” said Lahlou, who canceled his honeymoon this year because of the steep drop in revenue at his restaurants. “People think I can do this because I have investors or something, or like money in reserve for this, but do you think investors are giving me money right now? I just don’t want to die, and I don’t want other people to die simply to make some money.” … [Read more...] about Some of SF’s most popular restaurants are turning away diners as coronavirus cases surge
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Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the advocacy group Coalition on Homelessness, said of Hashiri’s action, “It’s often hard to tease out whether the restaurant is responding to legitimate issues or the restaurant is responding to affluent diners who feel guilty about eating expensive meals in the presence of destitute people.” She added: “No matter where people come from on the issue, lifting people up who are in the worst place in their lives is something that benefits all of us.” … [Read more...] about SF restaurant turns to dome dining amid growing homelessness on streets
His fourth business, Bar Agricole, is still on track to reopen in spring or summer 2021. Earlier this year, Vogler announced that he was relocating the 10-year-old, James Beard Award-winning restaurant from its original location in South of Market to the ground level of a luxury residential complex at 1550 Mission St. He’s still planning to add a liquor store there, too, where he’ll sell single-origin spirits imported under his own label. … [Read more...] about SF bar star Thad Vogler permanently closes 3 of his 4 ambitious restaurants
Despite the drastic changes and a debate over the value of awards, many in the fine dining industry don’t see this as the end for high-end offerings in San Francisco. One Market restaurant in San Francisco, an elder statesman in the city’s power lunch and upscale dinner scene, is continuing to cater to diners interested in multicourse service, even if it’s through delivery apps. One Market has a prime rib dinner, which comes with multiple sides and a butterscotch pudding, for $45. Ordering this dinner for two people, and including service charges and a tip, just tops $100. … [Read more...] about SF had the country’s premier fine dining scene. Do Michelin stars matter now?
FILE - Volunteers from the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank line up in a parking lot adjacent to Oracle Park to hand out boxes of food to lined up cars. Four of the food bank's delivery trucks at the Marin facility were vandalized early Monday morning, their fuel tanks filled with an "acid-like detergent" that prevented them from running, according to spokesperson Keely Hopkins. … [Read more...] about ‘Heartbroken’: Five Bay Area food pantry delivery trucks sabotaged