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Re-opening Continues Across Densely Populated New York And New Jersey Areas
Adults who tested positive for COVID-19 during a new CDC study were twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant in the two weeks than those who tested negative
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Welcome to p.m. Intel, your lunchtime (or so) roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant news from publications near and far. Tips are always welcome, drop them here.

  • A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “adults who tested positive for Covid-19 were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant in the 14 days before becoming ill than those who tested negative,” CNN reports. The story is getting a lot of Bay Area chatter because it was picked up locally by the East Bay Times, and because a number of the 314 test participants were from California.
  • San Francisco announced Thursday that it was reopening more businesses than previously expected, with hair salons, nail salons and gyms allowed to resume indoor service (with limited capacity) on Monday, September 14. The information was conveyed via press release, a missive that — once again — did not mention restaurants and/or a timeline for indoor dining, at all.
  • Sports bars are trying to figure out how to handle the NFL season when they can’t welcome diners inside. Double D’s Sports Grille is Los Gatos tells the San Jose Mercury News that “it doesn’t make financial sense to set up TVs in parking lot for 18 tables,” but Stanyan Street’s Kezar Pub boasts three TVs screwed to the front of the building, all to entertain the folks seated on its Upper Haight sidewalk, says SF Gate.
  • If you like true crime and berries, this is for you: Marc Marier, a former exec with Watsonville-based fruit biz Driscoll’s, was sentenced to 29 months in prison Thursday, after launching an embezzlement scheme almost immediately after he was hired. The Associated Press has the scoop.
  • Inside-restaurant-baseball newsletter the Family Meal notes that furniture rental company Oliver (think Rent-A-Center but way more Helvetica) offers a dining table named after SF Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho. It’s $14 a month, with an alleged $336 retail price.
  • Oakland nonprofit restaurant Oak Harvest Kitchen, a mission-based vegan spot focused on jobs for the formerly incarcerated, has launched a three-course, family-style meal that serves two people for $40. [Oaklandside]
  • In addition to its pizza offerings, SoMa’s DNA Lounge is trying to keep hope alive with a load of wild and wacky webcasts. [Broke-Ass Stuart]
  • East Bay winery Nella Terra Cellars is under scrutiny after it refused to refund couples whose weddings there were canceled by the pandemic. [ABC 7]

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