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- After a hiatus of more than a year, food trucks will roll back downtown next week, coinciding with California’s official reopening on June 15. Lamas Peruvian Truck, Bacon Bacon and Rice Bucket will be among the offers when Off the Grid opens its food truck spots in the Salesforce Tower (Tuesdays and Thursdays), Levi Plaza (Tuesday to Wednesday) and further south in Menlo Park (Wednesdays only) . In the coming weeks, more food trucks will take part in the rotation.
- San Francisco-based chocolate company Dandelion Chocolate laid off a number of employees and cut remaining hours and employees’ salaries last week, as reported by SFist for the first time. The cuts follow a union organizing earlier this year, where employees care about pay, worker safety, and management’s failure to address employee concerns. Union organizers say the layoffs were targeted, claiming that all of the sacked workers were members of the organizing committee and said they intend to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board of unfair labor practices. The company responded that the cuts were purely economic and that those affected by the layoffs and cuts included and did not include union supporters. [SFist, SF Chronicle]
- The upcoming fine-dining restaurant Osito will finally make its Mission debut, reports the SF Chronicle. The tickets are available now from October 15 until the end of 2021. Originally planned as a communal dining experience by the fire with 15-course tasting menus for $ 200, chef and owner Seth Stowaway has since scratched the communal section and postponed the menu to about 10 rounds with more than 20 dishes for $ 295. Cooking will continue over a live fire and the restaurant at 2875 18th Street will open with a separate cocktail bar serving Tex-Mex snacks. [SF Chronicle]
- The founder of Boavida Cafe is leaving the café at the end of June, citing “a necessary separation of the underlying silent business partnership” and months of negotiations. Andrea de Francisco, who previously owned Cafe St. Jorge in Bernal, opened the Boavida Cafe on Outer Sunset for the first time in 2019 and quickly became a thriving Portuguese pancake destination. Although she hasn’t announced the next steps, de Francisco says she is open to new ventures including small business advice.
- Berkeley’s Mediterranean restaurant, Lalime’s, won’t be returning in any form, reports Berkeleyside, with owners of the 35-year-old staple citing a combination of pandemic losses and a desire to retreat. Despite hopes that new owners will take over the business, real estate investor Ito Ripsteen has bought the building and plans to renovate and replace the restaurant, albeit with one that “honors Lalime’s legacy,” he told Berkeleyside. [Berkeleyside]