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- Bay Area-based celebrity chef Guy Fieri was all over the news this week, after he bought a historic meat company building and opened two ghost kitchens. According to SF Gate, Fieri bought Humboldt County’s Ferndale Meat Company, where as a youth he worked as a jerky maker. He says he won’t change much about the 118-year-old building, which he purchased for $299,299. “There are not many places like this,” Fieri says. “A butcher shop on Main Street where you can go in and get a sandwich? That’s a very important part of life.” On the other side of the historic-and-storied spectrum are Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchens, a national ghost kitchen venture that just started operating out of the Buca di Beppo restaurant chain. The Bay Area News Group reports that two new Flavortown Kitchens can be found in the Bay Area, one in Campbell, the other in Palo Alto. Those within a delivery radius can place an order here.
- Police have arrested a second suspect in the now-infamous kidnapping of two Doordash drivers’ kids. [Bay City News]
- The newest iteration of Emeryville’s Townhouse restaurant promises Sicilian dishes and homemade pasta. [East Bay Express]
- The California Grocers Association is suing San Leandro after its city council approved a $5-per-hour pay hike for grocery workers. [East Bay Times]
- Oakland’s It’s All Good Bakery serves cakes and pies from the Black Panthers’ historic headquarters. [ABC 7]
- Bars and restaurants near Chase Center are suffering after nearly a year without fan-attended games or events. [SF Gate]
- Parkside breakfast destination New Taraval Cafe was shuttered by a plumbing issue, but expects to reopen this weekend. [New Taraval Cafe/Instagram]