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SF’s New Outdoor Dining Abundance Could Stretch on Through 2022

Also: The Chron’s Top 100 restaurants shrinks to only 88, and more news you need to know today

Streetside dining in SF Chinatown
A new proposal would allow San Francisco’s sprawling outdoor dining program to continue for nearly two years
Patricia Chang

Welcome to p.m. Intel, your midday roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant news from publications near and far. Tips are always welcome, drop them here.

  • Two San Francisco Supervisors want to continue some aspects of Shared Spaces — the program that allows restaurants to spill into sidewalks, parking spots, and the streets — through April 15, 2022, the SF Examiner reports. Supes Aaron Peskin (North Beach, Chinatown) and Rafael Mandelman (the Castro) proposed the ordinance, which is expected to go before the full Board for a vote in coming weeks. As part of the plan, fees would continue to be waived for use of sidewalk-placed tables and the like through that date, and would not require businesses that are already using Shared Spaces to re-apply when that program ends on December 31, 2020. Some members of the city’s Small Business Commission say that Peskin and Mandelman’s plan doesn’t go far enough, and say that they want the free permitting program to remain “in perpetuity.”
  • 48 Hills has a lengthy interview with Peter Glikshtern, a long-time San Francisco club and bar owner (Big, Jones, and Odd Job, among others) who faces harsh criticism over a Public Press report that he rousted a group of homeless folks from behind a Market Street Honda dealership turned event space. Former workers at spots Glikshtern’s owned say this isn’t the first time he’s pushed back against encampments, with one saying “in his offices there is an atmosphere of free-floating anger that the people in charge haven’t been doing enough to make sure homeless people don’t make the business look bad.”
  • The SF Chronicle dropped its Top 100 Bay Area restaurants list today, but the list only has 88 spots on it. That’s because, says food critic Soleil Ho, 12 of the restaurants on the list are temporarily or permanently closed due to the pandemic. The main list handily allows one to filter by takeout, delivery, and outdoor service (no easy feat to keep current, given how swiftly restaurants are changing offerings), and allows one to look only for spots with distanced or barrier-blocked tables. The paper also dropped a few more lists centered on cuisine type (Chinese, Italian, and Mexican), the East Bay, and outdoor dining.
  • Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody told that region’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday that “the state’s new coronavirus guidelines ... remain too lenient when it comes to activities like indoor dining, potentially giving way for a repeat of the summer’s wave of cases,” the East Bay Times reports. The supes pushed back, saying that they were “inundated with calls from frustrated restaurant and business owners,” and that as the weather cools, outdoor dining won’t be an option, so reopening indoor service is a must.
  • More delivery cap news from the East Bay: Alameda County says apps can’t charge restaurants more than 15 percent, NBC Bay Area reports, and the East Bay Times says that Hayward also agreed to a 15 percent cap for cap fees charged to restaurants by apps like Postmates and DoorDash.
  • After a fire in Oakland’s Chinatown destroyed popular restaurants Rang Dong and Huangcheng Noodle House, community groups Save Our Chinatowns and Good Good Eatz have mounted a fundraiser to help the beloved spots recover. [Berkeleyside]
  • Uptown Oakland Carribean spot Kingston 11 opens its back patio as a “speakeasy social club” Friday, with “a Jamaican backyard or front yard kind of feel, not beachy but more like how life is in Kingston,” owner Nigel Jones says. [SF Gate]

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