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- SF-based Uber’s $2.65 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based food delivery app Postmates is complete, the companies announced via press release this morning. Though the companies say that the Postmates and Uber Eats “will continue to run separately but will be supported by a combined merchant and delivery network,” users of Postmates might wonder how long that will continue: in an email sent to Postmates customers this morning, the company urged recipients to download the Uber Eats app, then to “keep your eyes out for even more of your local favorites” via that platform.
- Allegedly menaced by an angry diner, Doris Campos, the 59-year-old owner of Mission District restaurant Panchita’s Pupuseria, ended up driving the agitated customer out of the spot with a flipped table. Oh yes, there is video. [ABC 7]
- Aware that outdoor dining setups are pricey, some Bay Area architects are taking on the projects pro bono. [SF Chronicle]
- Restaurants in Santa Clara County are paying commission fees of up to 50 percent to delivery apps, they say, as unlike many regions in the Bay Area, officials have yet to mandate a cap on fees the tech companies can charge. [Palo Alto Online]
- Here’s how much business in SF’s Chinatown has slowed: Demand at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory has dropped from 8,000 treats per day to 3,000 or fewer. [Washington Post]
- San Francisco restauranteurs say the region’s new 10 p.m. curfew isn’t hurting business so far. [SF Chronicle]
- Nick Cho, the co-owner of Bay Area roastery and cafe Wrecking Ball Coffee, has attracted 1.4M TikTok followers via his Mr. Rogers-esque “Your Korean Dad” content. [KCBS]