The first San Francisco location of French chain Amorino Gelato is headed for Union Square. Opening at 338 Grant Avenue, Amorino will serve its gelato via spatula, famously shaping scoops into the shape of flowers — with the option to add a macaron in the center. It currently has more than 200 locations around the world, with another Bay Area location in Livermore. (There was also an Amorino in Corte Madera, but it closed in 2016.) No word on an opening date yet, so stay tuned.
Rough times at Lagunitas
Over in Petaluma, Lagunitas Brewing Co. announced that it’s cutting 12 percent of its staff as sales have slowed and competition continues to increase. That equates to about 100 layoffs across departments. The news comes 17 months after Heineken bought the company, and at a time when other big breweries have been scaling back as well.
Salad days in Oakland
SF chain Mixt is coming for the East Bay. The salad and grain bowl operation already has nine locations in San Francisco as well as two in Los Angeles, but the upcoming shop at 2299 Broadway in Uptown will be the first Oakland post. It’ll take over one of the four spaces being carved out of the former Ozumo and Picán restaurants, joining the future Brown Sugar Kitchen and Bocanova.
Mini burgers are taking over the Bay Area
Build-your-own burger chain Burgerim is on major expansion mode in California. The Israel-based company just opened a location in Pleasant Hill’s Crossroads Shopping Center — with a halal menu — and there are posts planned for Antioch, Concord, El Cerrito, Fremont, Pleasanton, San Francisco, San Jose, San Pablo, Santa Clara, and San Mateo. Burgerim offers three-ounce patties with customizable options for buns, sauces, toppings, and type of patty, including wagyu, spicy merguez, salmon, and veggie.