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- Market Street dive bar Lucky 13 has weathered closure threat after closure threat in the last five years, but it looks like its luck (please forgive me) has run out. According to an Instagram post from longtime employee Noah Tao, the bar will close for good in coming days. Tao also texted Broke-Ass Stuart with more info, saying “the entire Lucky 13 staff is heartbroken over hearing the news that we will be closing down after December 20th. Lucky 13 is more than just a bar, it’s a community of staff and patrons who over the 27 years that we have been open have developed deep and lasting friendships that will last even after the bar is gone.” Those who want to mourn the spot might want to head down to pay their respects fast, as Tao says that “with rumors of a health department shut down of outdoor dining,” Lucky 13 could go dark even before the 12/20 deadline.
- SF Mayor London Breed tweeted that an SF Chronicle editorial criticizing her recent French Laundry visit was “fair,” and said “It doesn’t matter whether something is technically allowed or not – I need to hold myself to a higher standard and I will do better.” [KCBS]
- Berkeley’s city council has approved a slew of restaurant-supporting programs, including a 10 percent delivery fee cap and an ordinance to allow home chefs to launch food businesses. [Berkeleyside]
- Days after San Jose’s Elyse Restaurant was robbed, its owners pushed forward on a plan to distribute 1,500 meals to those in need. [Bay Area News Group]
- Oakland pop-up Pyro’s Pastrami is doing boffo business with its meat-jammed sandwiches, and some vegan offerings, too. [SF Chronicle]
- East Oakland’s Cambodian Street Food is attracting long lines for its “well proportioned and decently priced dishes of Mongolian beef and salaw machu kreung.” [Oaklandside]
- Restaurants across the Bay Area are prepared to lay off their waitstaff, as outdoor dining’s days dwindle and coronavirus cases increase. [SF Chronicle]