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A Random Reddit Guy Buys Drinks for SF Bar-Goers

Also: Robot baristas invade the San Jose Airport

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A user of the San Francisco subreddit buys drinks for folks who can find him

According to SF Gate, Reddit user Jim Mollé makes a habit of inviting other users of the platform’s San Francisco subreddit to join him at local bars. He doesn’t say where he is, however, and just posts a photo and a clue or two, along with an offer to buy a drink for anyone who manages to figure out where he is and shows up to “hang out, network, and trade contact information.” The meetups have now gotten so popular that even Steve Huffman, Reddit’s CEO, has made an appearance.

Kitchen Story heads to Oakland

Castro-area restaurant Kitchen Story is opening a second location in Rockridge, SFist reports. The restaurant, which is known for its “Millionaire’s Bacon” (that is, bacon covered in sugar and spices) is owned by Hoyul Steven Choi, who is also behind Sweet Maple, Blackwood, and Berkeley Social Club. SFist notes that the menu at the new Kitchen Story will have more of a Korean influence, including “a dish inspired by the hit art-house film Parasite, called Jjapaguri, which combines Millionaire’s Bacon with two classic Korean instant noodles.” Expect the 5422 College Avenue spot to open in the next few weeks.

Santa Claus is coming to the Outer Richmond

Every year, Santa makes a stop at 22nd Avenue and California Street for one day only, posing for photos with patrons of neighborhood institution Angelina’s Deli & Cafe. On December 16, from 2:30-4:30, fans of the jolly elf will get to say hello to the icon, decorate cookies, and catch a live magic show, the Richmond District Blog reports.

A Robot Coffee Bar is open at San Jose Airport

Robot Business Review reports that robot barista startup Cafe X has expanded beyond its three SF locations to the San Jose International Airport, where it will serve coffee to Terminal B travelers. According to Café X, its automated workers “address the pain points of a typical airport coffee experience” by “making and serving more than 10 orders simultaneously within minutes.” (Who wants to tell them that the airport coffee experience’s actual biggest pain point is that airport coffee typically tastes terrible?) It’s open from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and eventually plans 24-hour service, at least until the robots revolt.

Postmates just laid off “dozens” of employees

San Francisco-based food delivery startup Postmates announced the closure of its Mexico City office Tuesday, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. The company had planned a 2019 IPO, but reversed course after the tide turned for previously-flush companies like WeWork, Uber, and Lyft. In addition to the Mexico cuts, “several dozen” people were reportedly laid off in Postmates’ SF headquarters as well as in offices across the country.