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The Premier Cru Embezzlement Drama Takes a Sordid Turn

And more A.M. intel

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More details on where that embezzled Premier Cru money went

After the owner of Berkeley’s Premier Cru plead guilty to wire fraud this week, it felt safe to assume that the saga was on its way to winding down, at least for now. Turns out that’s not the case, as Berkeleyside now reports that (the married) John Fox allegedly used a significant portion of that money to pay young women he was dating, and the he used Berkeley coffee shop Artís as his staging ground. Read all the sordid details here.

The Mr. Holmes FiDi stand is on pause

Due to a permitting snag, the recently-opened weekday Mr. Holmes kiosk at Montgomery and Bush has closed for a moment. You can always, of course, get the eminently Instagrammable pastries at the Tenderloin original, but the stand will reopen as soon as permitting issues are cleared up.

Two SF chefs will be on the Food Network

It’s time again for the next season of The Great Food Truck Race, local chef Tyler Florence’s television masterpiece where food trucks race across the roads to ultimate glory (and $50,000). This new season, which starts Sunday, August 28, has two local chefs in the running. Brothers Michael and Charlie Kalish will be making grilled cheese sandwiches on the show.

Brian Means joins the Mina movement

Dirty Habit is down a bar manager, as Brian Means makes the jump to the Michael Mina group as corporate lead bartender & mixologist. “I feel so fortunate to be a part of this fantastic restaurant group and can't wait to see what the future holds,” Means wrote on Instagram.

Want a North Bay cat cafe?

If you’re into all the cat cafes that been popping up countrywide, then support this Kickstarter, with two women trying to raise money for a North Bay cat cafe called Catfeinated. Cats will be present and adoptable, should they raise the necessary funds.

It’s-It green tea is here

The latest It’s-It flavor will be matcha, the ice cream company announced yesterday on social media. If you want to try it for free, be one of the first 1,000 people at the factory in Burlingame today.

Another legacy business is safe under the new designation

Two Jack’s Nik’s Place, an almost 40-year-old business in the Haight, is now enjoying a more secure future as a legacy business. Thanks to the designation by the city, the restaurant was able to secure a longer lease with the landlord, and a grant to support them. Owner Nikki Cooper says that though the process was “tumultuous,” she couldn’t be happier.

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