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Trump Tariffs Are Likely to Make Bay Area Cheese Prices Skyrocket

Local cheesemongers are threatening a 25 percent price uptick

A stack of cheese at SF Cheese Fest
New federal tariffs might be another reason to stick with locally-produced cheeses
SF Cheese Fest

Trump tariffs to hit cheese, olive oil, and wine

On October 18, 25 percent tariffs for about $7.5 billion worth of European goods went into effect, and this week Bay Area food vendors are feeling the pinch. Speaking to the Bay Area News Group, Fred Zanotto (the owner of local chain Zanotto Markets) says that his business will have to increase prices by 25 percent on the taxed goods, which include numerous items imported from Europe, including some (but not all) cheeses, olives, frozen meats, and more. A full list of the items that consumers in the Bay Area (and beyond) will be paying more for can be found here.

Pizzeria’s namesake footprints are saved

According to the Potrero View, a staffer with Goat Hill Pizza, a Potrero Hill mainstay, stepped in when employees with the city’s Department of Public Works threatened to destroy a sidewalk that contained hoofprints from the goats that gave the hill at 18th and Connecticut streets its name. Manuel Dzib, who’s been a Goat Hill staffer for the past 18 years, intervened when he realized that construction crews were about to tear up the 1920s-era pavement. “The hoofprints are important just like history is important,” Goat Hill Pizza co-owner Philip De Andrade told the View. “It takes you back to your roots.”

A wood-paneled room with wine barrel lamps.
A view of Cakebread Cellars’s new Napa Valley Visitors Center
Cakebread Cellars/Rocco Ceselin

Cakebread Cellars has opened its new visitors center

The Napa Valley winery’s new space includes nine tasting rooms, light fixtures fashioned from retired Cakebread wine barrels, and a glass-enclosed wine library. Visits to Cakebread — which is known for its inventive food-pairing events — are appointment-only and can be arranged here.

Chipotle has departed the Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf can be a tough place to run a chain business (just ask Hooters), and it appears Chipotle is the latest to depart the area. Hoodline reports that the fast-casual Mexican chain’s doors at 333 Jefferson street have closed forever, as its “signage is gone, and its windows are papered up.”