Burmese favorite Grocery Cafe finds a new (hopefully forever) home
Get ready for the return of Grocery Cafe’s stellar tea leaf salad, because chef/owner William Lue has found a new venue in Oakland for the beloved, yet little-known Burmese restaurant. After closing in late December with some health violations related to the old building, Lue has found a better spot at 63 Jack London Sq., in the old Hahn’s Hibachi space. He signed a nine-month temporary lease that includes two months free rent and a five-year extension options, so it’s a good situation to test the waters in the 2,500-square-foot-space, EBX reports. Anticipate charcoal grilled meat skewers, Fabula Tea, Ubuntu Coffee, and more. Lue is planning for an early spring opening, though he may change the name.
SF bars could potentially stay open until 4 a.m.
SF state senator Scott Wiener has introduced a bill that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., the Chronicle reports. Of course, there is a lot of support and opposition to the proposition, mainly from restaurant and bar owners for the former, and from neighborhood associations for the latter. A similar bill failed to get enough votes back in 2013, so best of luck to Wiener. Stay tuned for more.
A fake fish scam out in Morgan Gill
If you’ve ordered and eaten petrale sole at Odeum in Morgan Hill in the last two years, you’ve likely been scammed. That’s because the Mediterranean restaurant has actually been serving tilapia, a significantly cheaper fish, in its place, KTVU reports. When baller Morgan Hill resident Bill Sueksdorf found out, his reaction was to ask, “Can we use counterfeit money to pay for the meal?” Well the answer to that is no, but the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office has ordered Odeum to pay $120,000 for false advertising and misbranding as well as offer $30 gift certificates to customers who ordered the fish between October 2014 and March 2016.
Ayesha Curry is coming to your kitchen
Ayesha Curry may be a new entrant into the lifestyle diva category, but she’s quickly becoming a prolific one. Her latest venture is a kitchenware collection with Meyer U.S., who also produces Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, and The Cake Boss’ goods. Curry’s resume is quickly growing, now with a restaurant, cookbook, Food Network show, soup line, and meal kit delivery under her belt.