Grand Opening hosts Konbi
Melissa Chou, the acclaimed pastry chef at Michelin-starred Chinatown restaurant Mister Jiu’s, is hosting a special guest at the next iteration of her recently-launched Chinese pastry pop-up, which she calls Grand Opening. On August 10, Chou will be joined by Konbi, the ultra-popular Los Angeles sandwich shop, whose super famous egg salad and katsu sandwiches are clogging Instagram feeds well beyond Echo Park. Tickets ($25) to the event are available on Tock: Customers get three Konbi sandwiches: Egg salad, tonkatsu, and tomago, plus one Grand Opening pastry, Chou’s strawberry cake.
Abort the Ban Dining Out benefit for Planned Parenthood
On August 1, a who’s-who of San Francisco restaurants are fundraising together in an action to support abortion rights. “We are a team of womxn in the Bay Area food scene who have a shared goal of improving our industry and advocating for the health and well-being of all workers in our field,” organizers write: The goal is to raise $40,000 and donate it all to Planned Parenthood. Customers who dine out at the bars and restaurants involved on August 1 will benefit the cause. The effort was spearheaded by Tartine Manufactory chef Christa Chase, Emily Hayward (AGM at Rivoli and Corso in Berkeley) and Zeina Razek (former sous chef at Tartine Manufactory). All participating restaurants are here.
The Riddler will temporarily close
Popular Hayes Valley champagne bar the Riddler will close temporarily in August as the building it occupies undergoes a seismic retrofit. That variety of city-mandated upgrade has led to temporary restaurant and retail closures across the city, putting a hold on businesses like Bi-Rite Creamery and Namu Gaji — and, in the cases of some restaurants, ending their runs altogether. The Riddler, however, will reopen after the retrofit, owners tell Hoodline.
Flying Falafel could land in the Castro
Inexpensive Market Street falafel shop Flying Falafel, which also operates in Berkeley, is hoping to open in the Castro. Business owner Assaf Pashut has filed for a change of use at 463 Castro Street, formerly retail space.
RIP the Occupy Burger King
A franchise of Burger King associated with the Occupy Movement in Oakland has closed. The location, whose sign declared solidarity with the occupy protestors, grew to notoriety when it was shut down by occupy protestors in a widely-watched video, a casualty of the local movement that sparked debate.