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Nightlife Staple Tonic Is Leaving Russian Hill

Plus, Smokebread to close on May 6, and a hilarious interview with Nicole Byer

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Tonic will move to a new location in Lower Nob Hill

After years of rowdy late night antics, Tonic is saying goodbye to its Russian Hill digs in favor of an undisclosed location in Lower Nob Hill. Co-owner Duncan Ley told Hoodline that high rent, an impending seismic upgrade to its building, and changing neighborhood demographics lead to the decision. Head in for a rowdy “bye for now” party on Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. until whenever everyone slithers out; expect Tonic 2.0 to open sometime in the fall.

Duna spinoff Smokebread will end its short-lived existence on May 6

It was always a temporary, 18-month lease situation, but its still sad to say goodbye to Nick Balla and Cortney Burns’ experimental restaurant space on Valencia. The latest concept they’ve tried out is Smokebread, the spinoff of Eastern European Duna, serving smoked potato-sourdough flatbreads. Now there are just a few weeks to go in or order through Caviar before it closes. Luckily it will return in a more permanent form, as will Duna. Stay tuned for more on when and where those concepts will return.

Cornology’s racist actions now under review by Emeryville mayor

Mayor John Bauters is meeting with witnesses of last week’s racist episode at the hands of popcorn chain Cornology’s CEO, and local businesses, to discuss the incident in which a group of black juveniles were chased from the store and bombarded with racial slurs. CEO Mark Stone said he “reacted unprofessionally” in the moment; the store’s social media accounts have since been deactivated.

The impact of doing away with plastic to-go containers in Berkeley

Berkeley has proposed a ban on single-use, non-recyclable plasticware, in addition to its current bans on styrofoam, plastic bags, and plastic straws. East Bay Express has more on the potential impact of the ban on restaurants. Restaurants would be required to use “real silverware and plates” for dining in, and any takeout items would have to compostable or recyclable. To-go cups and containers will cost 25 cents. Read more here.

It’s Friday, so read this hilarious questionnaire with comedian Nicole Byer

Eater National’s pop culture editor Greg Morabito had the chance to ask the star of Netflix show Nailed It some pressing food-related questions. Read the whole, hilarious thing here — be prepared to cackle loudly on BART.


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