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Sightglass Coffee Plans Big LA Expansion With SF Star Chef

Brett Cooper of Aster has landed in SoCal

Patricia Chang

LA snags SF’s Brett Cooper, Sightglass Coffee

SF specialty coffee roaster Sightglass is expanding to parts south, taking up residence in LA with an all-day restaurant, bakery, and cold brew coffee making facility (which means more cold stuff in SF, too). The spot is the Sycamore Media Arts District in Hollywood, and their culinary director arrives from SF, too: It’s Brett Cooper, known for his work at Outerlands and his Michelin-starred restaurant Aster, which he closed to move south this year. Some stuff to be jealous of: At Sightglass LA, he’ll make Roman-style pizza on naturally leavened dough, and focus, as usual on veggies. As Eater LA notes, it’s right near an upcoming location of SF’s Tartine, making the area something like LA’s little SF district.

Adios Papi

Fast-casual organic Mexican restaurant Papi has closed in the Tenderloin after 18 months. Papi was a spinoff of Papito in Hayes valley, and the 846 Geary Street space was previously the celebrated sit-down spot Huxley. ”Thank you to all that have supported us in this year and a half,” a note to customers reads according to Hoodline. “Stay tuned for what comes up next.”

Cashless store ban kicks in

Today’s the day: All SF retail business must start accepting cash, and non-compliant businesses will be fined $50 to $100 for the first offense. Food trucks and pop-ups are exempt. SF’s ban on cashless businesses is an effort to keep businesses from discriminating against low-income people without bank accounts. But some businesses, like casual Vietnamese chain Freshroll, tell the Chronicle that taking cash can be tough for business, slowing down service and putting security at risk. “[Its puts a significant amount of pressure on the restaurant to perform better financially and make ends meet,” Freshroll’s owner told the paper.

Wheel of Fortune stars dine at Inter____al Sm__k_

Eternal Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak and screen presence Vanna White visiting SF this week, where the duo told cable news they’re big fans of SF’s restaurant scene. They got their wish to “eat and then eat some more and then possibly eat after that and then take a nap and eat some more,” with a dinner at International Smoke, Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina’s global barbecue restaurant in SoMa.

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