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Media Noche Adds Brunch and More A.M. Intel

Six good-to-know news items

Media Noche debuts Cuban brunch

A few months after opening for fast-casual, Cuban-inspired lunch and dinner, Media Noche is rolling out some brunch options. Those include a breakfast version of their namesake Cubano sandwich (with fried egg and bacon), guava-filled puff pastries, and mimosas made with their agua fresca. [EaterWire]

Aster’s a la carte and brunch menus are no more

Brett Cooper is making some changes to the menu at his Michelin-starred Mission District restaurant. Starting June 1, Aster’s existing four-course, prix fixe menu will be the only way to order — no more a la carte option. It’s also time to raise the price from $65 to $75 to reflect labor and ingredient costs, and the chef is nixing brunch service. [Inside Scoop]

Worker at San Leandro burger joint shot during robbery

An employee at Sam’s Super Burger in San Leandro had already handed over cash from the register to a masked robber when the robber shot the victim twice in the leg. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and authorities are reviewing security video footage and seeking witnesses to identify the suspect. [SFGate]

City Counter launches happy hour

The Fidi happy hour set has a new option at City Counter, a new-school deco luncheonette opened this month. That’s from 5 to 7 p.m. with a drinks and bar bites menu of salt cod deviled eggs, pickled veggies and chips with artichoke, eggplant, and pimento cheese dips. [Eaterwire]

La Boulangerie baked goods arrive at Costco

Brioche loaves, croissant buns, and most American of all, hot dog buns from San Francisco’s bakery/patisserie/café chain La Boulangerie arrive at 12 Northern California Costco locations today. Expect those and more items from the brand to be available soon to bulk shoppers at Costcos across the country.

Ayesha Curry will bring BBQ to LA

Ayesha’s hot streak continues: After opening an International Smoke barbecue stand in Hawaii this week at The Street, a food court in Waikiki organized by Michael Mina, Curry has confirmed plans for another stand in the renovated Beverly Center in La Cienega. That LA food court is another location of The Street, and Mina will have his own Italian seafood restaurant there, Cal Mare. Meanwhile, Curry has plans to take over Mina’s SF restaurant space in the Millennium Tower, replacing his RN74 with a restaurant version of her barbecue concept. And until there’s an International Smoke at SFO, Ayesha’s tips for airport breakfast are to bring your own dried fruit and nuts or grab a Starbucks chocolate chunk muffin. You know, whichever. [Eater LA] [Eater National]