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La Boulangerie Founder To Save France With Next Bakery Chain and More A.M. Intel

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La Boulangerie founder wants to save France’s bakeries

With the number of bakeries in his native France dropping dramatically, Pascal Rigo, the founder of San Francisco’s La Boulangerie, wants to bring the success of his California chain to his home country. Last year, he opened La P’tite Boulangerie in Cap Ferret, France, the first in what he hopes will be a network of “microboulangeries.” “The problem is with the economics of the boulangerie, not the bread,” Rigo tells the New York Times. “I’m going to show that you can make good bread and good money.”

Equator Coffee opens in Fort Mason next week (with booze)

Growing San Rafael based chain Equator Coffees and Teas will open their sixth location overall in Fort Mason at the Center for Arts & Culture (2 Marina Boulevard) next Thursday, July 20. It’s Equator’s third space in San Francisco, and this one boasts a liquor license, so expect cocktails like gin fizzes and Irish coffees. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Square looks likely to close

North Beach bar and restaurant The Square (1707 Powell), which was opened in 2014 by Sons & Daughters duo Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara, seems to be at the end of its run. The establishment is transferring away its liquor license months after McNamara took over sole ownership of the business, with Moriarty taking sole ownership at Sons & Daughters. Eater has reached out to the business for details.

Sightglass Coffee opening soon on Divisadero

Years after it was announced, Sightglass will open at Divisadero and Page (301 Divisadero) on July 26 or 27 pending final inspections. The location, in the former former KJ Produce (closed in 2012), will feature a walk-up window with its own to-go menu.