Mexicali Rose will close on Friday
“After serving the Bay Area for 91 years it is time to retire Mexicali Rose,” says a sign outside the faded pink institution in Old Oakland at 701 Clay Street. “We will be closing on June 29, 2018. We would like to thank our loyal customers for keeping us in business for four generations. You will be missed. 1927-2018.” The coming closure follows that of another nearby pillar of Oakland Mexican cuisine, La Borinqueña, a Mexicatessen that shuttered in 2015 after a 71-year run.
Restaurants mourn shooting victim
Carlos Chan-Cocom, 33, was reportedly the victim of a double shooting in the Mission (along with his brother, who is in critical condition) on the 2700 block of Harrison Street outside his home. An immigrant from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Chan-Cocom worked at Californios and Commonwealth, two high-end Mission District restaurants. His coworkers are reportedly devastated at his loss, and Californios took Friday off to remember him. A gofundme account for his family has exceeded its goal.
Wild Salmon returns
From an area near Half Moon Bay to the Mexican border, local wild king salmon’s commercial fishing season reopened last week. Prices are reportedly high but fishing is reportedly swell.
Mutiny aboard HS Lordships
Berkeley restaurant and event establishment HS Lordships is due to close July 1, and in response to word that employees would receive low severance pay, a group of employees reportedly staged a walkout during the middle of brunch service on Sunday. Customers describe the scene as a mess and utter chaos, but the restaurant plans to remain open until its last day.