Monterey restaurant still causing social media brouhaha
Monterey restaurant Old Fisherman’s Grotto is under fire, as it is periodically, for its policy of not providing high chairs and booster seats to children — and its owner is standing by the rule even as another group of angry parents bears down on the business via social media. Chris Shake, the owner, tells Insider that ”we decided that it was important that our guests enjoy a great meal and not be distracted by children crying in our dining room.” Shake emphasizes that children aren’t banned from the restaurant — they just need to be well behaved enough to sit through the meal (without a booster seat). “We have many families who dine with us with their children who are well behaved and understand our policy with respect to other diners,” he told the publication.
More changes at Chow
After Chow closed its Park Chow location in the Inner Sunset early this year and opened a big new food hall, cafe, and grocery location in Oakland on Piedmont Avenue, more changes are afoot: The business is closing its Danville branch, inviting patrons there to come visit the Lafayette restaurant instead. “With Danville, we’ve had a ten year run,” says Chow representative Jamie Johnson. “For a restaurant these days, that’s no small accomplishment.”
The Athletic Club Oakland is open
A new Uptown Oakland sports bar from the people behind the San Francisco Athletic Club (Ezra Berman and Miles Palliser) poured its first pitchers and screened its first game last night (go Dubs). The Athletic Club Oakland, in the former Izzy’s Steak and Chop, is now open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. The bar menu is from Matty McGee (Prize Fighter, Flora, Era), and pub grub is from Matt Rosson (San Francisco Athletic Club, The Corner Store, Salt House). Read more about it here.
Amazon to open automated convenience store in SF
Amazon is opening a new, cashier-less convenience store in SF — seemingly in Union Square — as they’ve done already in Seattle and are planning to do elsewhere. Rather than being rung up at the end of their shopping spree, customers swipe their way into the store via smart phone app and are charged upon exit for everything a surveillance system sees them take. How charming!
Two fresh new farmers markets to know
One new farmers market in North Beach and one in the Bayview have arrived and are running through the fall and winter. The first is a collaboration between Piazza Pellegrini and North Beach Neighbors, who joined forces to turn a parking lot at 699 Columbus Ave. (at Filbert Street) into the new weekly market. It runs Saturdays from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. through December 1st, with a dozen farmers represented, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, Upper Crust Baking Company, and more. The second is in the Bayview at All Good Pizza (1605 Jerrold Avenue) on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There, vendors include Eatwell Farm, Gratta Wines, and Bavyiew Beans coffee. Shoppers can peruse while all Good Pizza serves brunch and cocktails.