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Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Harassment at SF Whole Foods

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Disturbing behavior on California Street

A former Whole Foods cashier has filed a lawsuit claiming that her male supervisor consistently made inappropriate sexual remarks, touched her without consent, and even sent her home once for not wearing a revealing outfit. Meanwhile, the worker alleges she reported her supervisor’s behavior to management several times but no action was taken at the Whole Foods on California Street in Lower Pacific Heights. After her final complaint, she was suspended and then fired days later.

Asian fusion is still alive

Lower Haight Thai staple Thep Phanom closed after 32 years in business this fall, but the chef-owner has returned with a new menu, vision, and name: Janchay’s Bistro. Located at 400 Waller Street, Janchay’s features Thai flavors alongside Italian, French, and American fare (and some Japanese and Vietnamese action for good measure), That means there’s braised lamb shank in massamun curry and classic tom yum soup, but also bouillabaisse, pho, miso soup with clams, Provencal-style chicken, mussels Rockefeller, and even seared foie gras over sticky rice.

New option for Peruvian fare

Franco’s Latin Table is now open in the former Fresca space at 24 West Portal Avenue, specializing in modern Peruvian cuisine with Mexican and Central American influences. The menu hosts a slew of ceviches, empanadas, casusas (layered mashed potato dishes), seafood entrees, and other classics.

Silicon Valley cafe continues to boom

Palo Alto-born mini chain Coupa Cafe has opened a new location at the Colonnade apartment complex, 4748 El Camino Real in Los Altos, which is owned by Stanford University. It’s a sleek space with modern lighting, wood panels, and a mix of tables prime for study sessions and lounge seating. Expect to find a typical assortment of coffee and tea drinks, plus smoothies, boba tea, full breakfast fare, salads, panini, burgers, crepes, arepas, and tacos.

The country’s most beautiful restaurants

Eater National takes a look today at 14 of the most gorgeous new restaurants in America that speak to the year’s design trends. Two Bay Area destinations made the cut: Nyum Bai, which showcased casual pops of color and neon, and Che Fico, with its powerful fig-print wallpaper.

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