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San Mateo County Is Open for Indoor Dining

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San Mateo County is open for indoor dining as of Wednesday night
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Restaurants in San Mateo County can reopen their dining rooms “immediately,” officials say

San Mateo County has decided to speed up its reopening timeline, the city announced Wednesday, and will allow dine-in restaurants to resume operations immediately.

The county received approval at the state level to reopen on Tuesday, but didn’t announce what that would look like for the region until Wednesday evening. According to the order, a multitude of other businesses including casinos, hotels, wineries and bars, and cardrooms and racetracks were also allowed to reopen as of Wednesday night.

With this decision, restaurant dining rooms are now open in the Bay Area counties of Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Solano. Contra Costa County expects to resume indoor dining on July 1, and San Francisco will reopen dining rooms on July 13, though SF officials say they’re working to gain state permission to move that date up. Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County has yet to set an indoor date, and sit-down service is allowed outdoors only — the same is true for Marin County, which has been open for outdoor dining since June 1. Alameda County will launch outdoor dining on Friday, June 19, and an indoor target has not been announced.

And in other news...

  • Capo’s Pizza and Fine Italian Dinners, the Chicago-style pizzeria from ubiquitous chef Tony Gemignani, has changed its name to Capo’s Pizza Pasta & Cocktails, and is adding Detroit-style (rectangular, massive crust, crispy edges) pizza to its menu of Chicago-style deep-dish and cracker crust pies. [SF Chronicle]
  • Pier 39’s seal-scented outdoor boardwalk-style mall of restaurants and shops reopens for visitors today. [KPIX]
  • Remember that confrontation over Pride flags at the Livermore farmers market? The California Farmers Market Association, whose head opposed the flags, has resigned from the market, and the city of Livermore officially announced that the “incident does not reflect the city’s values of inclusion and respect.” [ABC 7]
  • Folks who visited the Vault’s massive outdoor dining space speak positively of the experience. [Tablehopper] [KCBS]
  • An East Bay group called Mothers to Mothers works with restaurants like Oakland’s Cosecha and Radio Africa Kitchen in San Francisco to ensure new mothers are eating foods that help with postpartum care. [SF Chronicle]
  • The restaurant designers at Berkeley’s Studio KDA, among others, are thinking hard about how to make outdoor dining in the Bay Area safe, pleasant, and profitable. All three of those goals might not be possible, some say. [Wired]

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