Senator Wiener is determined to drink until 4 a.m.
Wiener’s last attempt got the ball rolling, but was basically killed in an appropriations committee to become a task force to study the issue, though two-thirds of the California state senate voted in favor of his previous late-night last call bill. “Nightlife is central to the culture and economy of many of our cities, and they should be empowered to choose to extend alcohol sales hours if it makes sense for that city,” said Wiener at a press conference. The revisions to the bill include limiting the 4 a.m. option to six California cities — San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Hollywood, and Long Beach — with the intention of helping those cities compete for conventions and conferences against late night stars like New York.
Native Burger opens in Laurel Heights
A new burger outpost has opened on the cusp of Laurel Heights, in the former Buzz Burger location. It’s serving pretty standard combinations like an egg-topped burger, and a swiss and mushroom burger, but it’s also offering a vegan option made with a meatless Beyond Beef patty. A hefty offering of fried things includes both jalapeño poppers and brussels sprouts.
Red Hot Chili Peppers playing fire relief benefit concert
The North Bay still needs support following the destructive fires in October. Head over to Bill Graham Auditorium on December 14 for a fundraising concert featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers (and others), with 100 percent of proceeds going to relief efforts. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1 at 10 a.m.
Latest Cheeseboard spinoff is Dimond Slice
Those not blessed enough to live near the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood in North Berkeley can now snag a slice of its favorite pizza place in Oakland’s Dimond District. From Cheeseboard alums Artemio Maldonado and Dwight Ferron comes Dimond Slice Pizza (2208 MacArthur Blvd.), who offer one pizza combo per day. Pizzas there are vegetarian (and vegan) by the slice, half or whole.
Boba Guys expanding Mission shop
The bubble tea behemoth is getting a little more wiggle room at its Valencia Street location by taking over the next door space that was formerly home to Valencia Eyes. That owner is leaving the city and struck a deal with the guys; now they can add more room for employees to take breaks, an espresso steam wand to speed up orders, and more waiting room for throngs of boba-lovers. That location is at 3491 19th St.; the construction will hopefully be completed by spring.
Beer Week Tickets are on sale tomorrow
Beer week, the longer-than-a-week celebration of craft brewing in the Bay Area, is upon us. Buy tickets for the event — which runs February 9-18 — starting tomorrow, November 30, at 10:30 a.m.