Food

The Rise Of Backyard Pop-Up Catering By Brokeass Cooks

OAKLAND—Brokeass Cooks, a backyard pop-up restaurant, was founded by three out-of-work chefs, Bilal Ali, Hoang Le, and Keone Koki, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brokeass Cooks sells family-style jerk chicken in the West Oakland backyard they share. They offer a whole chicken ($50), a half jerk chicken ($25), and organic soy milk ($4). According to their ordering site,  “To order a...

Ricky’s Sports Theater and Grill At Risk of Closing

SAN LEANDRO—Ricky Sports Theater and Grill faces closure due to major financial complications that come as a result of the closure of indoor dining due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the negative impact that the closure of indoor dining has had on their finances, Ricky's owners Ricky and Tina Ricardo are also having to deal with Ricky's Alzheimer's...

DoorDash Expands DashMart, Online Convenience Store

SAN FRANCISCO—On August 5, DoorDash, a food delivery technology company, introduced its expanding project, DashMart, a new type of convenience store on their blog site. “For our customers, we’ve accelerated our efforts to bring household essentials to their doors. In April, we launched the Convenience category on DoorDash, powered by partnerships with 7-Eleven, Walgreens, CVS, Wawa, and more. Now our...

Enjoy County Fair Food Via Drive-Thru

SANTA ROSA—Sonoma County Fair will be arranged different in 2020 as the event has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis. Visitors will be able to pick up their county fair food from August 7 through August 9 and from August 14 through August 16 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm via drive-thru. There will be popular traditional fair 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...
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