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- San Francisco isn’t the only Bay Area county to reopen indoor dining today: Santa Clara and Napa also moved into the red tier, the SF Business Times reports. (Per NBC Bay Area, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Sonoma counties remain takeout only. You can see our county-by-county reopening guide here.) With those three regions, plus Marin and San Mateo counties, there are loads of places to dine indoors, and outlets like KPIX and the SF Chronicle report that inside tables are booking up fast. Are you one of those reservation-placers, or are you not quite there yet? We want to know.
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- SF’s Board of Supervisors land use committee has endorsed a plan to make the Shared Spaces outdoor dining program a permanent fixture in SF. [SF Examiner]
- A new founding round has doubled SF-based Instacart’s valuation to $39 billion. [CNBC]
- Speaking of Instacart, Safeway’s Northern California stores were apparently referring customers to the startup instead of using its unionized employees as contractually required, a move questioned by even the Trump-appointed members of the National Labor Relations Board. [SF Chronicle]
- A new ghost kitchen startup has risen in SF, and this one has funding from Doordash and the company behind Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut. [SF Business Times]