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One step closer to a 4 a.m. last call

A bill that would allow cities in California to decide if they want bars to serve past 2 a.m. made it through the Senate Public Safety Committee. Former Castro Supervisor and current State Senator Scott Wiener, who introduced the bill, called it a “huge step forward” for later and potentially safer nightlife.

Refugee chefs find a home with Oakland Bloom

East Bay nonprofit Oakland Bloom is providing hands-on training for aspiring chefs in the refugee, immigrant and low-income communities. Bay Area Bites has the story of chef Farid Rafaty who escaped the pro-communist forces that kidnapped him to fight against the Mujahideen as a teenager in Afghanistan, and now hopes to build a catering business and a café in Oakland where he can make his mantu beef dumplings. Until then, diners can support Rafaty and other chefs like him at Oakland Bloom’s pop-up hawker-style night markets.

Oakland’s Ba-Bite restaurant vandalized

Piedmont Avenue’s Ba-Bite Middle Eastern restaurant, which proudly displays its sanctuary restaurant status in the window, was vandalized earlier this week Berkeleyside reports. The restaurant is owned by an American and an Israeli, but a sign in the front window saying “We stand with our Muslim, Arab and Immigrant neighbors” was splattered with what appeared to be a “slurry” of feces. Ironically, co-owner Robert Gott was in Washington D.C. for a conference on the sanctuary restaurant movement when the vandalism occurred.

Tartine All Day hits bookstores next week

In the lead-up to the release of her second cookbook, James Beard Award-winning pastry wizard Elisabeth Prueitt tells Eater’s Daniela Galarza, “this isn’t a Manufactory book,” but a book for, “breakfast and lunch and snacking and dinner.” In other words, real things non-wizards can make at home. Expect the book to range from bread-centric (sandwiches, salads and toasts) to gluten-free (dumplings, roasts and desserts) and everything in between.

DoorDash will now pick up Jack in the Box for you.

Food delivery service DoorDash is partnering with the stoner-friendly fast food chain to bring Munchie Meals, fries, and the cholesterol-raising Triple Bacon Buttery Jack burger to customers who’d rather not get up and go to the drive-thru. In keeping with Jack’s late-night spirit, deliveries will run until 1 a.m. The partnership actually began as a test run in San Francisco last October, but starting today, DoorDash will deliver Jack in the Box in over 200 cities and 14 markets from San Diego and LA, to Houston, Denver and Seattle.

Stop waiting in line for Philz Coffee

Because the line for handmade, one-at-a-time coffee can be too much to bear sometimes, Philz Coffee is pairing up with Caviar to offer order-ahead service at more than 30 locations in the Bay Area and beyond.

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