Trans Woman Calls on SF Cheesecake Factory to Better Train Employees After Bizarre TERF Harassment
An awkward and insulting situation that unfolded recently at the Cheesecake Factory in San Francisco's Union Square was caught on a TikTok stream, and the trans woman who filmed it hopes it can be an example for restaurants to learn how to respond better in the moment.
Nob Hill’s Century-Old Huntington Hotel Has Been Bought (Out of Foreclosure)
Closed for the entire pandemic, and foreclosed and in default for the last six months, Nob Hill’s 101-year-old Huntington Hotel has new owners who apparently bought it on the cheap and claim they will make it “the single finest luxury hotel in San Francisco.”
Beloved Yountville Restaurant Ciccio to Be Reborn Under Ownership of Meadowood Chef
Chef Christopher Kostow was sad to see his favorite, go-to Napa Valley restaurant go under last year, and while he thought about reviving the space as a new concept, he's decided instead to let it live on, much the way it was.
Late-Night Eats Slowly Return to SF With Dragon Horse In SoMa, Extended Hours at Beep's Burgers, and More
The days of SF being moderately well appointed with 24-hour diners and late-night restaurants are well behind us, and even before the pandemic a slew of reliable, after-midnight standbys had shuttered. But that may be slowly changing.
Bay Area's Latest Pizza Pop-Up, From a Chez Panisse Alum, Makes Appearances at Berkeley Wineries
The newest wood-fired pizzas to be had in the East Bay are being cooked in an oven mounted on the bed of a pickup truck, and they can only be found on select dates outside of a couple of Berkeley wineries.
Bay Area Vegan Cheese Company Miyoko’s Creamery Is Suing Its Founder, Alleging Trade Secret Theft
The company alleges former CEO Miyoko Schinner transferred tens of thousands of documents to a non-company hard drive, physically stole unreleased products, and owes backpay on a loan, following her termination last year.
Valencia Street Seafood Spot Ancora, In Former Locanda Space, Closes After Just Eight Months
In a sign that the market for new restaurants in San Francisco may not be as ravenous as it was a few years back, a high-end seafood restaurant that opened last summer on Valencia Street is already calling it quits.
Local Celeb Chef Tyler Florence Plans New Wayfare Tavern In FiDi’s Former Dar Fatma And GNC Store
It’s unclear whether Wayfare Tavern is moving, or if they’re just opening a second space, but Food Network personality Tyler Florence is the latest to make a big new bet on downtown with reported plans for a new Wayfare Tavern location at Pine and Battery Streets.
Fine-Dining Destination Ditas Takes Over Upstairs Trident Space on Sausalito's Waterfront
A space above the storied Trident restaurant and bar, which played host to Janis Joplin, Bill Graham, and the Rolling Stones in the 1960s, has transformed into a new fine-dining spot that opens this spring, from a pair of Delhi-based restaurateurs.
Downtown Four Seasons (the Former Loews Regency/Mandarin Oriental) to Open New Italian Restaurant, Orafo
A new hotel restaurant is coming soon to the ground-floor space at the Four Seasons Embarcadero — the hotel formerly known as the Loews Regency which is not actually on the Embarcadero, but at 222 Sansome.
Valencia Street Irish Pub The Phoenix to Close Next Week, and a Six-Story Apartment Building Will Rise In Its Place
The swan song of the 22-year-old Irish bar, The Phoenix, arrives on Super Bowl Sunday, and the owner has permits to demolish the single-story building and construct an 18-unit apartment building in its place.
SF Beer Week Begins Friday With Kickoff Tasting Events In North Bay and East Bay; SF Kickoff on Saturday
San Francisco Beer Week has very much become Northern California Beer Week over the years, with breweries from as far north as Mendocino and the Sierra joining in, and as far south as Carmel. And this year they're dividing up the kickoff events by subregion.
[Update] Oakland Bakery Owner Dies After Attempted Robbery Gone Wrong
Popular Oakland baker Jennifer Angel, the 48-year-old owner of Angel Cakes in the historic Gingerbread House, is in critical condition after a Monday incident in which she apparently tried to chase down thieves who stole something from her.