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Roy Choi Discusses Locol’s Future and More A.M. Intel

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Helen Rosner and Roy Choi at Code Conference 2017
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How The Melt failed to disrupt the humble grilled cheese sandwich

With 18 outlets in the Bay Area and former Vice President Joe Biden as a dedicated fan, The Melt isn’t exactly a flop — but whatever happened to the plan to put 500 stores across the country and revolutionize fast-casual eateries? As Backchannel reports, The Melt CEO Jonathan Kaplan may have tried a little too hard to solve restaurant problems with advances in sandwich technology. [Backchannel]

Roy Choi discusses Locol’s successes, failures and a potential nonprofit component

At this week’s Code Conference, Eater editor-at-large Helen Rosner sat down with Locol’s Roy Choi to discuss “what it means to be a great restaurant,” the burgeoning chain’s renewed social mission and a potential nonprofit component. [Recode/Eater LA]

Roy Choi spotlight at Code Conference 2017

Lower Nob Hill gets a new watering hole

Hoodline reports the former Fly Bar location at Sutter and Larkin is now Miller’s Rest, “a rustic, cabin-inspired” drinking spot with a shortlist of $10 specialty cocktails and a homey food menu. [Hoodline]

Copyright and Trademark now open in SoMa

On Folsom Street, Hoodline also reports neighboring spots El Capitan and Carafe Cafe have softly re-opened as the casual sports bar Trademark and the more buttoned-up craft beer bar Copyright. Expect sports games, TVs, boozy boba, Frozen Kuhsterd treats and food by Filipino pop-up Alchemy SF. [Hoodline]

The Melt

1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111 Visit Website

El Capitan

1123 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 525-3676


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