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Berkeley Soda Measure's Money Insanity; Fork Cafe Concept Shuffles

Plus more mini news tidbits and event announcements from the day that was.

BERKELEY—Here's a shocking statistic: so far this year, the soda industry has funneled more than $800K into fighting forthcoming ballot Measure D, which would impose a tax on sugary drinks sold in Berkeley. A recent $500K cash drop was apparently the single largest contribution to a campaign in Berkeley history; with a population of around 115,000 people, current expenditures are running to $7 per Berkeley resident. [Berkeleyside Nosh]

CASTROFork Cafe is pulling a concept shuffle: its new name will be Slurp Noodle Bar, and it will offer pan-Asian noodles with Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Filipino influences. The shift is likely to go down in early October. [Hoodline]

PRESIDIO—To celebrate the arrival of the revamped Presidio Officers' Club (which will include Traci des Jardins' forthcoming Arguello), Presidio Social Club is throwing a special happy hour tomorrow (2-5 pm), featuring $3 PBRs and free Sloppy Joe sliders. [EaterWire]

BERNAL HEIGHTS—With his Kinfolk pop-up popped down, chef Greg Lutes is plotting some pop-up dinners as he builds out his brick-and-mortar, 3rd CousinThe first of them goes down Wednesday, with more to follow multiple times per week until the end of October. The $70 five-course dinners are BYOB, and take place at a secret Mission/Bernal address given to diners after they sign up. [EaterWire]

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