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- Local rich person Clint Reilly owns the Julia Morgan Ballroom and Merchants Exchange club as part of his real estate holdings, the Nob Hill Gazette and Gentry magazines as part of his communications portfolio, and opened the one-Bauer-starred FiDi trattoria Credo about ten years ago. Now he has two new toys, as he just bought the 155-year-old SF Examiner newspaper and venerable SF Weekly alt-weekly, the SF Business Times reports. Reilly’s a longtime opponent of the Ex’s former owner, the Hearst Corporation, suing the company multiple times (and engaging in physical scuffles with its management). Reilly says “you’ll have to wait and see” how the publications will change in the new year, but if you want to know what food from the owner of two of SF’s biggest-circulation English-language newspapers tastes like, Credo’s holiday and New Year’s dinners are available via Tock.
- Media Noche has a new burger that helps feed the needy. Called the Frita Cubana, its a grass-fed beef patty garnished with “secret red sauce” on a brioche bun. It’s served with plantain shoestring fries for $14.50, and 10 percent of the proceeds from each sale goes to the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank. It’s not available for delivery, just walk-up and online orders, which you can place here.
- A ghost kitchen company is taking over a slew of Specialty’s cafe locations. [SF Business Times]
- Once threatened by a hefty rent increase, Point Reyes Station’s Station House Cafe has found a new location just steps from its current home. [SF Chronicle]
- Santa Clara County and San Jose agree: Delivery app fees must be capped at 15 percent as “the current pandemic unfortunately creates opportunity for price gouging.” [KPIX]
- SoMa’s Eagle Tavern should be landmarked, one SF Supervisor says. [Bay Area Reporter]
- Hundreds of people attended an indoor Thanksgiving dinner at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel, at which mask wearing was merely optional as the National Park Service — which owns the venue — does not mandate the use of face coverings. [SF Chronicle]
- At least 25 San Francisco crabbers are suing the city, saying that a May fire that destroyed their equipment was the result of negligence. [KPIX]
- San Francisco resident and Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover appears in a new, gently profane commercial for Oakland sensation Vegan Mob. [SF Gate]