A KNBR host is defending his veggie-topped tamales
A Monday night tweet from KNBR personality Brian Murphy made a stir on social media, but the issue wasn’t an unpopular sports opinion: Instead, it was the salad-like toppings on his Chase Center tamale that attracted scorn. One Twitter user referred to the meal as “gentrified,” while another asked, “Is this San Fran in a picture.” In a subsequent tweet, Murph defended the meal, confirming that it came from Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas, a business started by Alicia Villanueva nearly ten years ago, when she spent her time cleaning houses by day and making tamales at night.
A Mill Valley bartender achieves one of the nation’s highest facial hair honors
CNET reports that Anthony Carty, a bartender at longstanding Mill Valley dive bar the 2 AM Club, was one of the top contenders at the 2019 National Beard and Moustache Championships, which took place earlier this month in Tinley Park, Illinois. Carty placed first in the competition’s Partial Beard Freestyle category, but don’t expect to see him sporting that pinwheel design as he pours beers and makes cocktails: According to the Merc, he typically reports to the 2 AM with a more natural look, as styles like his award-winning look take four hours or more to prepare.
San Jose’s 94-year-old Wing’s Chinese restaurant is making a comeback
Wing’s Chinese closed its doors in February, after the need for $500,000 in renovations forced the owners of the 94-year-old San Jose business to shut things down. Now owner Ashley Yu tells the Bay Area News Group that Wing’s has been revived as a catering and carry-out business, working out of a commercial kitchen just north of its original Japantown operation.
Oliveto’s downstairs cafe is going all in on whole grains
Oliveto has served Rockridge diners for 30 years, both in its fine dining upstairs restaurant and its casual cafe at street level. It’s that cafe that’s shaking things up, the Chron reports, as owner Bob Klein says that it will add soon add offerings from Boichik Bagels and will serve Roman-style pizza al taglio by the slice. Both menu items are an effort to highlight another Klein venture, a company called Community Grains, which seeks to “prove local whole grain products can not only boast a lot of flavor and nutrition but also great texture.”
Liquor license issues delay Tosca’s reopening
SF restaurant icon Tosca closed this summer following a sexual harassment scandal for former co-owner Ken Friedman and rumors of financial struggles for remaining owner April Bloomfield. New owners Nancy Oakes, Anna Weinberg, and Ken Fulk took charge in August, saying then that the spot would open some time this winter. That opening has been delayed, SFist reports, as “some escrow issues have held up the liquor license transfer.” Weinberg now says that if they’re lucky, Tosca might be able to open in early March 2020.