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Oakland Prepares to Reopen Indoor Dining

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A view of the main bar at Sobre Mesa.
The dining room of buzzy Oakland cocktail bar Sobre Mesa will likely get the green light to reopen this week
Thomas Kuoh

Welcome to p.m. Intel, your bite-sized roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant news. Tips are always welcome, drop them here.

  • Alameda, Solano, and Santa Cruz counties are expected to enter the red tier of the state’s color-coded reopening plan today, ABC 7 reports. This means that cities like Berkeley and Oakland can reopen indoor dining as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 10. The East Bay Times reports that those tier changes mean that in the Bay Area, only Contra Costa and Sonoma counties will remain under the region’s tightest restrictions, which only allow for delivery, takeout, and outdoor service. Alameda county spokesperson Neetu Balram tells SF Gate that “When we do move to the Red Tier we expect to align with the State on permitted activities and restrictions for that tier,” which includes indoor dining at 25 percent capacity for a maximum of 100 people.
  • After just six months on the job, the head of SF-based food delivery business Uber Eats’s U.S. and Canada arms is leaving the company. [SF Business Times]
  • Reem’s California owner Reem Assil says “I didn’t open Reem’s to have a restaurant, in all honesty. I kind of fell into being a restaurateur. So I don’t even actually know what the traditional definition of a restaurant is, until I sort of got into this world.” [SF Chronicle]
  • San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a mandatory $5 per hour hazard pay increase for some grocery store workers. [KPIX]
  • San Francisco-based fake meat startup Eat Just Inc. has signed a deal for a 117,000-square-foot facility in Alameda. [The Registry]
  • Here are the best banana puddings in Oakland and Berkeley. [Oaklandside]
  • A headline like “The Best Bagels Are in California (Sorry, New York)” doesn’t seem like a troll at all. [New York Times]
  • Outspoken Bay Area author-activist-chef Preeti Mistry finds a marketing campaign by Burger King “misguided and offensive.” [SF Gate]
  • SF Chamber of Commerce data suggests that the job market for restaurant workers “contracted sharply over the past year.” [SF Examiner]
  • SF restaurants are paying big fines if they fail to swiftly clean up graffiti and tags — even though the defacement isn’t their fault. [SF Chronicle]
  • This Oakland pickle maker is doing boffo business on Instagram. [Oaklandside]