With Bay Area chefs confused over whether pop-up restaurants are illegal after the Alameda County health department shut down a pop-up at the Kebabery in Oakland last month, the Alameda County board of supervisors discussed the issue at a health committee meeting yesterday. The main takeaway is that the health department is going to develop a policy to allow pop-up restaurants in the future, and in the meantime, it won’t shut down any pop-ups operating out of permitted kitchens as long as they otherwise follow food safety laws. The health department is expected to return to the committee in the coming weeks with a plan. In a statement sent to Eater SF, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said: “My goal is to find a way to ensure food safety while promoting the growth of small restaurant entrepreneurs. I have asked our Health Care Services Agency to craft a policy to accomplish this goal.”
A new bar debuts in downtown Oakland
Two-story cocktail bar the Payback Bar is now open at 1618 Franklin Street, in the former Oakland Rec Club space. It boasts a full kitchen, skee ball, and other games in a space splashed with turquoise, charcoal tile, and plants.
Get your free snow cones!
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Hetch Hetchy Power System by handing out free snow cones, with names that riff on the clean power system such as Hetch-Hethchy hibiscus, bio-blueberry, and renewable raspberry. Pick up a snow cone today from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, 654 Mission Street; from 3 to 5 p.m. at the W Hotel, 181 Third Street; and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mosser Hotel, 54 Fourth Street. Then, you can get another free snow cone tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday at different times and locations.
The Bay Area is about to get hit with a slew of Oktoberfest festivals and other excuses to guzzle beer all day. Among the first is Fort Point’s Oktoberfest, starting Friday, September 21 and then continuing weekly on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through October 12 at the Ferry Building taproom. On these days, you can grab a variety of limited, draft-only brews, including a session IPA, Belgian-style pale ale, and an English golden ale served on nitro.