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- A Chinatown food vendor was attacked last month in the Ferry Building, reports the SF Chronicle. Derek Tam, who owns Chinatown candy shop Dragon Papa, was making Hong Kong–style candy for the Ferry Building’s Chinatown pop-up series when a man grabbed his cell phone, punching Tam in the face and telling him to “go back to his country,” according to the report. The man left after nearby vendors stepped in to help; Tam reported the assault to police and the Ferry Building says they are working with law enforcement on their investigation. According to the Chronicle, there were at least 16 violent crimes against people of Asian descent in San Francisco from January through March. [San Francisco Chronicle]
- The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco has reopened for the first time in more than a year, marking a major step for the return of the Bay Area’s hotel industry, and hopefully hotel restaurants and bars. While doors opened to guests Thursday, April 15, dining options remain on hold — restaurant Parallel 37 will stay closed, as will the bar, until the hotel reaches greater occupancy. As for San Francisco’s other main luxury hotels, both the Fairmount and Mark Hopkins told Eater SF they expect to reopen their restaurants, including the Tonga Room tiki lounge and Top of the Mark cocktail bar, respectively, by early summer 2021. [San Francisco Business Times]
- San Francisco is the next stop for Sandoitchi, a wildly popular “traveling sando kitchen” (read: sandwich pop-up) hailing from Dallas, Texas. Sandoitchi kicks off a three-week stint at Trademark SFC sports bar in SoMa this Sunday, April 18, serving a variety of fluffy Japanese convenience store-inspired sandwiches, including pork katsu, hot chicken katsu, egg salad, and fruit and cream. The process to secure a sando is somewhat complicated — menus are posted and ordering for the week opens up on the Sandoitchi site on Sundays at 6 p.m. each week, for pickups to be scheduled throughout the week. Follow Sandoitchi’s Instagram for more details on its SF stint.
- Liholiho officially opens in its new location in the Mission this weekend, temporarily occupying the Dear Inga space at 3560 18th Street while it undergoes “reconcepting” and Liholiho’s Tenderloin space gets a light remodel. An entirely new menu of snacks, main dishes, sauces, and sweets is available to order for pickup and delivery starting at 4 p.m. today, April 16. Outdoor seating, with reservations, is expected later this month.
- National chain Topgolf opens in San Jose today, April 16, with “extensive food and beverage choices” in addition to “multiple levels of tech-enhanced driving-range bays.” The golf-centric entertainment center has landed in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sacramento in recent years (in addition to opening spots across the country and in the United Kingdom), but this is the first location in the Bay Area. Along with golf, the venues are known for an emphasis on dining, and parties can order food and drink from a menu of mostly bar food or dine on the rooftop terrace. A large wine bar and tasting lounge, as seen on the Topgolf San Jose website, will remain closed for now due to COVID-19 restrictions. [Hoodline]
- In the latest in Bay Area ghost kitchen news, Local Kitchens, a “digital food hall,” has opened locations in San Jose and Cupertino, featuring restaurant partners like the Little Chihuahua, Curry Up Now, and Señor Sisig. Local Kitchens claims to distinguish itself from a ghost kitchen by offering in-person ordering via a touch-screen kiosk, and boasting a “dedicated takeout customer experience “ staff, according to a press release. Local Kitchens are now open daily in San Jose at 1721 Rogers Avenue and in Cupertino at 21666 Stevens Creek Boulevard. For a full list of restaurant partners, see here.