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After Throwing $200,000 Into SF’s Gaping Maw, a Would-Be Ice Cream Store Owner Calls It Quits

Plus new Indonesian food is on the way and more intel

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  • The saga of Matcha n’ More has finally come to a disappointing close, six months after the SF Chronicle first reported on the would-be ice cream entrepreneur’s plight. Jason Yu hatched the idea to open a matcha-focused ice cream shop in the Mission in 2018. He signed a lease in fall of 2019, then drew up plans, and began work on the space at 3591 20th St. But now with $200,000 dollars in the hole and no ice cream shop to show for it, Yu is throwing in the towel. The majority of the issues that delayed the shop and incurred expense was an unending maze of permits. It’s a staggeringly disappointing tale that is not the only one of its kind in San Francisco, a city where owners can spend thousands of dollars while waiting years to get a restaurant open. Read the full story here. [SF Chronicle]
  • Berkeley’s Montreal-style deli, Augie’s, is currently without any delivery capabilities after their West Berkeley location was broken into after hours. The thieves took all the restaurant’s electronics, including the tablet they use for delivery. So, call ahead for a curbside order by texting “order” to 510-984-0283 in the meantime. There’s never a bad time for poutine, after all. [Instagram]
  • Chef Nora Haron, known for her excellent kaya toast and Indonesian dishes during her time at Oakland’s Drip Line, is back as the chef at Table at 7, an offshoot of the Singaporean cafe Killiney Kopitiam, which will open in Walnut Creek in June, according to the Chron. Haron will be creating a menu that is her own Californian vision of dishes like laksa and some dishes from IndoMex, her Oakland pop-up mashing up the cuisines of Mexico, Indonesia, and Singapore. [SF Chronicle]
  • The Edible Schoolyard, Alice Waters’ nonprofit that provides garden and cooking education to K12 schools, is hosting its annual fundraiser. It’s online, and anyone can bid. Smaller items like an egg spoon, a case of wine, and signed books are being raffled off for $5 raffle tickets, while big-ticket items are starting at a way higher price. Lunch for eight in Alice’s backyard begins at $15,000, while a virtual cooking class with chef Tyler Florence starts at $2,000. [SF Gate]

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