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THE MISSION—Buzzed carries the good news that Range bartender Brooke Arthur has made a glorious return behind the bar at the restaurant after having a close call with smoke inhalation from a New Year's Eve apartment fire and months of rehab. [Buzzed]
SOMA—Round one must have been such a hit that WhiskyFest is back for a second consecutive year. The event description: "The 2nd Annual WhiskyFest San Francisco will take place at the San Francisco Marriott on Friday, October 10, 2008 from 6:30pm – 10pm. Attendees will be given the opportunity to sample over 200 of the most exclusive whiskies in the world, enjoy a gourmet buffet, and learn about whiskies from master blenders and distillery managers." General admission tickets cost $110; more info here. [EaterWire]
SANTA CLARA—Like it did with a similar ordinance in San Francisco, the CRA has sued Santa Clara because of menu labeling legislation: "The California Restaurant Association recently sued the county, trying to block June legislation that would require chain restaurants in unincorporated areas to include calorie counts on their menus. The county legislation, which does not apply to cities within the county, is slated to go into effect Sept. 1." [SJMN]