Chalos arrives on Taraval
Annie Leong, a native San Franciscan, and her husband Gonzalo Del Cerro, who hails from Argentina, have opened a new business in the Outer Sunset/Parkside: Chalos, serving homemade empanadas, churros, and alfajores at 2240 Taraval Street. They just opened on Friday with the help of a grant from the SF Office of Workforce Development, whose SF Shines program offered $25,000 towards signage, furniture, and new storefront windows and doors.
El Lopo opens grandly on Polk
After some limited opening hours, El Lopo, a Spanish-inspired wine bar that began as a pop-up at Blur, is open for real at 1327 Polk Street. All the wines come from Spain and California, and per owner Daniel Azarkman, the food imagines “What would California cuisine look like if California had remained a Spanish colony, and stemming from that, what would California’s eating culture look like?”
Filipino food crawl
A two week-long Filipino food crawl is approaching in SoMa: The event, called “Kulinary Confidential,” is organized by the group behind the SOMA Pilipinas cultural district and the Filipino focused food events Undiscovered. How it works: A tasting passport gives diners access to off-menu dishes at SoMa spots from April 1 to April 14, Mestiza, Manila Bowl, Sarap Shop, and Alchemy, while pop-up dinners from the likes of Pinoy Heritage, SF Eater’s pop up of the year for 2018, span the course of the two weeks. Bonus: The events benefit Balboa High School, helping them send their Tagalog class to the Philippines.
How to help workers stuck at restaurants run by bad men
Writing an editorial in Eater Voices, San Francisco’s Ashley Goldsmith recommends against boycotting restaurants run by men accused of sexual misconduct (such as Charlie Hallowell in Oakland) because “when we boycott the business to put a financial strain on these men, we do damage to the pocketbooks of the employees who stay. It’s yet another way these men have harmed and betrayed their employees.” Read her piece here.