Food

Nearly 400 Restaurants In Metro Area Close Permanently

SAN FRANCISCO—According to a report from Yelp on Thursday, July 23, nearly 400 restaurants in the area have permanently closed since March, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A restaurant named Nopalito in the Sunset District has closed its doors. There is a sign saying "thank you 9th Avenue we will miss you." According to Yelp,  the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward...

Trader Joe’s Responds To An Online Petition To Change Package Labels

UNITED STATES—Trader Joe’s will comply with an online petition to remove "racist packaging" from its stores. Trader Joe’s opened its first store in Pasadena, California, in 1967 and sells original brand food at a low price. Trader Joe’s is also known for its friendly store culture and unique labeling of ethnic food products. However, some of their product labels...

Pushing Yourself To Eat Healthy

UNITED STATES─There were both good and bad things that have come out of this pandemic. For starters, I have been doing much more cooking at home. On the flipside, I’ve wanted to eat out a bit more from doing so much cooking at home. So it is a double edged sword. We all know, and it is no absolute...

Local Tea Salon Maison Danel Reopens

SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, July 17, San Francisco tea salon and pâtisserie Maison Danel reopened the store to welcome their guests back after the 4 months long shelter-in-place. Maison Danel is located on Polk Street. They are currently offering takeout, delivery, and pick-up services. The updated operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays....

SF Japantown Peace Plaza Opens For Picnics

SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, July 15, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced via Twitter that Japantown Peace Plaza will be set as an outdoor seating venue for people to consume their take-out food from Japantown’s restaurants. It will open to the public on Saturday, July 18 and run through Sunday, September 27. According to an event poster, operating hours...

Local 83-Year-Old Restaurant Closes Permanently

SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, July 13, Louis’ Restaurant (Louis’) announced via social media that they will permanently close the business. Louis’ is a family-run restaurant founded in 1937. It is located on Point Lobos Avenue in the city of San Francisco. Tom and Bill Hontalas, the grandsons of the original owners, are currently in charge of the restaurant. According to their...

Vegan Sushi Bar Reopens With New Dishes

SAN FRANCISCO—Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya (Shizen) reopened its doors for business on June 22. On Friday, July 10, they introduced their new specialty sushi roll via social media to their customers. The new dish named “Miss Foxy Scarlet," includes avocado, Panko-crusted bean curd, and sweet potato purée inside with roasted bell pepper, with black truffle hummus on top. “She’s...

San Francisco Greek Restaurant Souvla Reopens

SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, July 10, the Greek restaurant group Souvla announced on Facebook that they are reopening with new schedules. Starting on Saturday, July 11, the Hayes Valley and the Marina locations of Souvla will be open for online ordering and pick-up services from Wednesday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will also open on weekends from...

Lithuanian Restaurant Closing, Owner Running For Parliament Instead

SAN FRANCISCO—Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant and Tea House, located on Park Street in Alameda, will close on July 31, 2020 because the owner is running for a parliament seat in his native Lithuania. Widely known as just “Mama Papa Lithuania,” the business has operated for nearly 7 years, and is the only Lithuanian restaurant in the Bay Area. As per...

Plant-Based Restaurant Coming To Hayes Valley

SAN FRANCISCO—The new restaurant Taste of BAIA, a plant-based Italian-inspired concept will be coming to the San Francisco neighborhood Hayes Valley starting August 1. Diners can expect to see their favorite Italian classics reinvented with plant-based cheeses, fresh pasta preparations, and more. The restaurant will offer lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, with a full bar. The restaurant anticipated opening its doors back...
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