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San Francisco Restaurants Take Action in Support of International Women's Day

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It’s also a day of protest

The Riddler
The Riddler
Patricia Chang

Weeks after Day Without an Immigrant, in which many businesses were closed as employees took the day off to protest, International Women’s Day (March 8) is now doubling as a Day Without a Woman. Organized by the coordinators of the Women’s March on Washington, the idea is to underscore the impact that women have socially and economically, encouraging women to either take off of work, or shop only at women- or minority-owned businesses.

In the Bay Area, it appears that many restaurants are choosing to participate by featuring specials or donating proceeds to women’s causes. Here are ways you can support women-owned businesses, or charities by dining out around the Bay Area.

Know of a restaurant or organization that is participating in some way? Let us know in the comments.


Chef Kim Alter is running her “Sanctuary” menu this week, featuring Syrian flavors. 5 percent of the proceeds from the menu will go to the ACLU.

Salut e Vita

Owner Menbere Aklilu will be donating 10 percent of sales to the Contra Costa Family Justice Center.


Happy hour all day for ladies with 2 pastries for $5. They’ll also donate 15 percent of all sales to La Cocina.


Camino is offering a new #cocktailforacause to support ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, an Oakland-based organization that removes barriers to reproductive health care. Each cocktail sold results in an $8 donation to ACCESS. Or buy a gift card through Spendrise to donate.

Dirty Habit

Today, 10 percent of proceeds from these specials will be donated to the San Francisco affiliate of Dress for Success. There are also drink specials, with an emphasis on female wine and spirit producers.

La Cocina Restaurant Week

La Cocina’s inaugural restaurant week continues, with dinners celebrating a different member each night. Tonight, March 8, is a dinner with Guadalupe Guerrero of El Pípila at A16 in SF. It’s also wine director Shelley Lindgren’s annual Festa Della Donna dinner to celebrate National Women’s Day, with proceeds going to La Cocina. Reservations are available through the restaurant.

The Riddler

100 percent of proceeds from rosé Champagne sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Wise Sons Deli

The bagelry will be donating 5 percent of sales to Equality Now today for Day Without Women.

Wing Wings

The Haight Street wing shop is donating 10 percent of today’s profits to Planned Parenthood.

Also, this is a really fierce declaration from chef Dominique Crenn, one of the country’s best chefs:

The Riddler

528 Laguna Street, , CA 94102 (415) 589-7002 Visit Website


2355 Chestnut Street, , CA 94123 (415) 771-2216 Visit Website

Dirty Habit

12 4th Street, , CA 94103 (415) 348-1555 Visit Website

Wise Sons Deli

3150 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Visit Website

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