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ABV Ditches Brunch, There’s Hope for Grand Bakery, and More A.M. Intel

Six things to close out the week

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ABV is ending its brunch service

New Year’s Day will mark the last brunch service for ABV, which will instead focus on newer offerings, like the brand-new “New F**kin Burger with Spicy-Ass Chips,” an addictive creation of 1/3-pound, grass-feed beef patty with white cheddar cheese, raw red onion, shredded lettuce pickles, and a tangy special sauce, all on a Japanese sweet potato bun. The team will be sending off brunch in style, since we’ll all need some love come Sunday, January 1.

There’s hope yet for Oakland’s Grand Bakery

After the owner of Oakland’s Grand Bakery announced his retirement, and thus the closure of the 60-year-old kosher bakery, many were upset to lose such a rare kosher option in the Bay Area. But, JWeekly.com now reports that owner Bob Jaffe is in talks with several potential buyers, who will keep the legacy of Grand Bakery moving forward. Nothing is set yet, but stay tuned for more.

Dirty Habit has a new chef

Thomas Weibull has joined the Dirty Habit team as executive chef, along with Raul Ayala as bar manager. The two are creating new food and drink menus, which will debut in early 2017, hopefully along with a renewed, optimistic outlook on life.

Mission Chinese has paused for the holidays

Mission Chinese’s mapo tofu
Mission Chinese’s mapo tofu
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You’ll have to temporarily live without kung pao pastrami and thrice-cooked bacon, as Mission Chinese is closed from December 23 through January 4. It will reopen with business as usual on the 5th. For all those looking for a spicy, numbing kick in the meantime, we recommend heading to Z&Y Kitchen or Chili House instead.

Triple J Cellars joins the Ferry Building Farmers Market

As of December 31, Pacifica’s Triple J Cellars will start selling its wares at the Saturday Ferry Building Farmers Market. That means organic plum and apple wins, as well as vinegars and ginger ales. Hidden Star Orchards is also selling hard cider, making them some of the only alcoholic options available at the market, Inside Scoop reports.

Two Bay Area kids to compete on the Food Network

Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship will return on Monday, January 2 with not one, but two Bay Area contestants. To cheer on San Francisco’s Keili Gorczyca (age 10) and Napa’s Justice Faustina (age 12), tune in at 8 p.m. One of them might win $25,000.

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