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Specialty’s Is Giving Away The Last Of Its Frozen Cookie Dough

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There’s one last chance to score one of Specialty’s white chocolate macadamia cookies

Fans of Specialty’s cookies have a final, chilly chance to stock up

Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery, the beloved-by-office workers chain of cookie and sandwich spots that closed for good Tuesday, riled up the remaining followers of its Instagram account Wednesday night by promising a cookie dough giveaway Thursday, to be held its Redwood City warehouse.

Founded in 1987, the Pleasanton-based chain of cafes announced earlier this week that all 55 of its locations, across California, Washington, and Illinois, would shutter permanently, as “current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues.” So this is it, Specialty’s cookie fans. The last hurrah.

Via Instagram, the company said Wednesday night that they will be “giving away frozen cookie dough as a thank you to our loyal customers” from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 21, and this morning, that location was revealed: 2690 Middlefield Road, in Redwood City.

“All cookie flavors will be available on a first come, first serve basis,” Specialty’s says, and there’s a limit of one box (which contains 90 frozen cookie pucks of a single flavor) per customer. All comers are asked to “wear masks to protect the staff and other customers.” If you go, please drop us a line, and send pictures (or pucks)!

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  • Nick Bovis, the Lefty O’Douls and Gold Rush Lounge owner swept up in a federal corruption investigation, is set to plead guilty today to wire fraud charges. [Bay City News]
  • The wine country restaurant reopening continues, as Solano County has gotten the green light to allow sit-down service [NBC Bay Area], meanwhile, Napa County restaurateurs are celebrating as their dining rooms reopen. [ABC 7] [SF Chronicle] [KPIX]
  • Longstanding Tenderloin Vietnamese destination Turtle Tower was robbed Tuesday, and owner Thao Pham says that police arrived over two hours later, and were “insensitive to the current crisis and to her efforts to keep her employees and customers safe.” [Hoodline]
  • The owner of Green Papaya, a Thai restaurant at the base of the Fifth and Mission parking garage, says he got a letter from the SFMTA (which owns the structure) pressuring him for rent, but officials say that rent forgiveness plans for city tenants are in the works. [SF Chronicle]
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  • A proposed menu revamp at Le Colonial, a mini-chain of restaurants that face criticism for their celebration of colonialism, could soon be implemented at “all Le Colonial locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco.” [Houstonia]
  • Local bakeries are doing bang-up business during the coronavirus crisis, confirming that Raymond Carver had it right all along. [SF Chronicle]

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