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• Representatives from North Bay mini-chain Amy’s Drive Thru have been meeting with Business Improvement District (BID) groups from Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. The vegetarian fast-food restaurant wants to expand to a new location at 40th Street and Telegraph Avenue. The business is owned by the same company that produces the Amy’s frozen food line. Some concerns from the members of BID include increased exhaust emissions from vehicles using the drive thru, safety of pedestrians, and whether or not the neighborhood needs another fast food restaurant. [Berkeleyside Nosh]
• Italian restaurant the Tailor’s Son is set to open at 2049 Fillmore Street on March 31. The new Lower Pacific Heights addition comes from the Back of the House restaurant group ( which is behind spots like pizza destination Beretta, upscale vegan eatery Wildseed, and burger mini-chain Super Duper.) The menu comes from A Mano chef Freedom Rains and features plenty of pastas and antipasti, with the specialty being risotto. [Hoodline]
• Workers at chocolate maker Dandelion want to unionize. With the union, the staff hopes for higher wages and better safety precautions on the work floor. The staff will vote in the next few weeks over the possibility of joining the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. [SF Chronicle]
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