Flore’s 4:20 drink specials
After checking with their lawyers, the new owners of popular Castro bar/restaurant Café Flore — now known simply as Flore — will start serving cocktails with pot in them. They won’t get you stoned, just drunk, as they’re made with cannabidiol or CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, rather than active ingredient THC. There are 11 options on the menu, which goes live on July 16 for a 4:20 p.m. hour. The drinks, designed by 1760 bar manager Christopher Longoria, include the Cinnamon Kissed Cherry: Cinnamon-infused whiskey, Cherry Heering, Angostura bitters, cherry bitters, pineapple juice and lemon juice infused with OG Kush CBD. Flore has added a “munchies menu” and already offers a CBD-laced beer called Tokeback Mountain made by SoMa’s Black Hammer Brewing.
Big Fish Little Fish now open in the FiDi
Downtown diners welcomed a new poke bowl lunch option yesterday: Big Fish Little Fish, which opened this week in Rincon Center (121 Spear Street). With a glut of poke places in San Francisco, Big Fish Little Fish might stand out with its other innovations, like pokerittos, or Poke burritos, which resemble the sushi burritos of Sushirrito. Another location of the burgeoning chain is headed for the Westfied Centre.
State seizes Farina’s liquor license
To pay off its nearly $375,000 in unpaid back taxes and penalties, state officials seized Farina’s liquor license, selling it for a minimum $225,000 bid. The Italian restaurant at 3560 18th street went dark this spring over an unpaid garbage bill, with the landlord taking initial steps to evict the restaurant.
The hidden history of Chinese laborers behind Sonoma wineries
A cruel, racist irony of Sonoma wine country, NPR observes, is that Chinese immigrants were forced out of the area after laying much of the foundation for its famous vineyards. Immigrant workers who labored on railroads in the Sierra Nevada later cleared land for farming, built roads, dug caves, and planted vines. To commemorate their often erased contribution, some historians and activists are fundraising for a memorial pavilion called the Wine Country Chinese Legacy Project.