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Local Abalone Diving Banned With Population in Danger of Collapse

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Roasted abalone with artichoke and lardo at Saison in San Francisco
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Northern California abalone diving prohibited in 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife voted late last week to forbid sport abalone diving in Northern California next year because biologists warn that the fishery could be on the brink of collapse. The edible sea snail is imperiled as its source of food, kelp forests, are devastated by changing ocean temperatures and as more purple sea urchins compete for resources. During the typical April to November season in Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino next year, abalone divers will have to hold off.

Repose has closed, becoming Native Twins coffee

Repose, a coffee shop at 262 Divisadero near the intersection of Haight Street, closed suddenly last week, and with limited notice apparently given to employees. But a new coffee tenant is already lined up for the space: That’s Native Twins, from twin sisters Jennifer and Ashley Rubin, who run a Mill Valley granola brand of the same name.

via Fellow

Coffee paraphernalia “playground” opens on Valencia

Local coffee accoutrements retailer Fellow has opened in the former Dijital Fix space at 820 Valencia Street, where they’re inviting potential customers to test their high-end pour-over electric kettles, drippers, and glassware — just in time for possible holiday gift giving. Fellow demos their pour-over products in a coffee “playground” with four brew stations Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Illy returns to the Castro as a pop-up
Speaking of coffee paraphernalia, the ghost of a coffee shop past, Illy at 2349 Market Street, will return to the Castro as a holiday retail pop-up shop. The cafe itself, located in the coffee-saturated Castro District, closed in June, but Illy will soon return with coffee and espresso machines for sale.