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Downtown SF’s IKEA Mall Will Serve Up Restaurant Fare Beyond Bargain Hot Dogs

Also: An Oakland sports bar reopens with a 3,000-square-foot garden space adorned with outdoor TVs

A view of the Scandinavian chain IKEAs store in Greenwich...
IKEA has purchased a mall in downtown San Francisco, with a plan to rent 180,000 square feet of it to restaurant and retail tenants.
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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.

  • Diners should expect more than just meatballs at the new IKEA mall in downtown SF. The Swedish furniture giant bought 6x6, a never-occupied mall that’s stretched down Mid-Market since 2016. The SF Chronicle reports that in addition to installing a 70,000-square-foot IKEA store, the company will seek a mix of restaurant and retail tenants to occupy the rest of the 250,000-square-foot space, preferably venues that won’t be intimidated by IKEA’s bargain-basement hot dogs and cones of frozen yogurt.
  • An Alameda County supervisors’ committee has recommended a 15 percent cap for commissions delivery apps charge restaurants, the East Bay Times reports. The cap, however, “would not apply to every city in Alameda County,” a legislative aide says, “only those in unincorporated Alameda County,” and would wind down 60 days after county supes declare the COVID-19 crisis over. The proposed cap will be up for a vote on September 22.
  • The owners of the Yellow Door, a new breakfast-and-lunch spot in Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood, intentionally planned their menu to avoid overlap with the businesses around it, the East Bay Express reports. That means avoiding donuts or bagels, as they’re both sold nearby, or making things with yeast or croissant doughs, as vendors at the area’s farmers market specialize in those types of goods.
  • Oakland’s Athletic Club Sports Bar will reopen in grand style this week. The bar has been shuttered since the beginning of the pandemic, KRON 4 reports, but will start serving customers on Thursday from a 3,000-square-foot outdoor sports garden with picnic tables and TVs.
  • Bay Area mini-chain Proposition Chicken has expanded to the Peninsula...kind of. Its workers prep ingredients in SF, then cart them to downtown Menlo Park’s Shiok Singapore Kitchen, where its kitchen staff then prepares the chain’s dishes for takeout or delivery. [Palo Alto Online]
  • Bay Area caterers say that they’ve been denied assistance from efforts like Frontline Foods, as those financial-support-to-feed-the-needy initiatives are intended for restaurants, not caterers. [Berkeleyside]

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