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- Michael Mina, the San Francisco-based restauranteur with a global empire, is gearing up to open a new restaurant in the Marin County city of Tiburon. The spot at 5 Main Street is called the Bungalow Kitchen, and is a collaboration with Brent Bolthouse, a SoCal nightlife mogul known to folks of a certain age for his role on reality TV show The Hills. Expect Mina standards like his lobster pot pie, as well as grilled or iced shellfish, pizza, and gazpacho shooters. The vibe will be “social dining experience and community clubhouse,” a Mina spokesperson says, with a first-floor bar/lounge area, a second-floor billiard room, and “a sprawling pergola-roofed terrace.” Opening is planned for spring 2021, a date by which terms like “communal” might be less worrisome than they are today.
- The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is bracing for an influx of complaints about area bars and restaurants that are failing to uphold COVID-19-related health orders. [KPIX]
- High-end grocery store the Epicurean Trader is on track to open its Ferry Building location in early 2021. [Hoodline]
- SF-based fake meat company Hooray Foods just signed a deal with Whole Foods that’ll place its plant-based bacon on the shelves of 300 stores. [SF Business Times]