Tamarindo Antojeria is closing
Tamarindo Antojeria, a restaurant in Old Oakland known for its polished takes on Mexican street food, has announced that it will be shutting its doors by the end of the year. In a Facebook post, owners Gloria and Alfonso Dominguez said that the 14-year-old restaurant would serve its last dinner on November 30, but would entertain private parties throughout December. Tamarindo Antojeria earned a glowing review from Berkeleyside just last year, with particular praise going to its cocktails — it claims to be the first mezcal bar in the city — and its cochinita pibil.
Magnolia Brewing Company will soon lose its “craft” status
After a 2015 declaration of bankruptcy, SF-based beer business Magnolia Brewing Company was purchased by Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company in 2017. Now Brewbound reports that New Belgium will soon be swallowed up by Lion Little World Beverages, a subsidiary of Japanese beverage giant Kirin. As part of the transaction, New Belgium will buy up the remaining bits of Magnolia that were in the hands of founders Dick Cantwell and Oud Beersel, making Magnolia fully-owned by Lion. That means Magnolia and the other breweries New Belgium owns will no longer be independent and small, aka “craft.”
San Francisco-based DoorDash has been sued by Washington, D.C.’s Attorney General
In a lawsuit announced Tuesday, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine claims that DoorDash, a food delivery start-up based in San Francisco, engaged in a “deceptive payment model” when for two years the company pocketed the “tip” money added to delivery fees instead of passing it straight to the worker, and is seeking every penny of tip money collected from 2017 until the company’s tipping policy was revised. A DoorDash spokesperson tells the Bay Area News Group that Racine’s claims are “without merit.”
Le Petit Paris 75 has opened in North Beach
A French lounge called Le Petit Paris 75 is the latest business to occupy 515 Broadway Street, a spot that’s been home to a spin-off of the Lower Haight’s Noc Noc and Barbary Coast Taproom. Hoodline reports that the bar will serve beer and wine (mostly French), as well as small bites (think cheese or hummus and pita). There’s also a happy hour, running daily from 3–7 p.m.
Some Bay Area professors are urging folks to “decolonize” their diets
Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel are both Latinx studies scholars with roots in Mexico, as well as the authors of Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing. In an interview with KQED, they argue that ancestral, pre-colonial Mexican foods can be a path to health for Chicanx/Latinx people who — whether they realize it or not — cannot tolerate the standard American diet. In addition, Calvo says, everyone should “learn about the food you’re eating and the labor that made it possible for that food to come to your table.”