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Mission Favorite Old Jerusalem Reopens a Year After Devastating Fireworks Blaze

Plus, Boichik Bagels got a strange scolding about $3 bagels, and more food news

Exterior of Old Jerusalem in the Mission Old Jerusalem

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  • Nearly a year after iconic Mission restaurant Old Jerusalem ceased all operations, the 15-year-old Middle Eastern staple reopens its doors tomorrow, June 15, reports Hoodline. The restaurant shut down last July after it received extensive water damage when a fire on the building’s roof, believed to be sparked by illegal fireworks, had to be extinguished, and has remained closed since due to the insurance process for repairs. Beginning Tuesday, June 15, Old Jerusalem will be open daily for indoor and patio dining, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 2966 Mission Street. [Hoodline]
  • The bagels from acclaimed Berkeley shop Boichik Bagels were the subject of a financial planner’s budget-based scolding last week, sent in an email to clients that eventually made its way to Boichik owner Emily Winston’s Instagram page. The subject line of the email, sent by Oakland financial firm Lula Financial, read: “If you are buying Boichik Bagels, you deserve to be poor,” and went on to include the line “The sons of bitches charge $3 per bagel,” in what the firm has since said is “humor” used to “make financial planning more accessible to clients.” Boichik Bagels opened in December 2019 to great fanfare, and has not risen the price per bagel — $3 — since then. [SFGate]
  • Following the news that San Francisco landmark the Old Clam House was up for sale, owners Jerry Dal Bozzo and Dante Serafini — who also own the Stinking Rose and other restaurants in North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf — have announced their plans to retire, reports the SF Chronicle. In addition to selling the Old Clam House and the Stinking Rose, which went on the market a few months before the Old Clam House, the pair will eventually look to transition out of all of their restaurants, saying they will prioritize buyers who want to continue the restaurants and commit to rehiring longtime staffers. [SF Chronicle]
  • Oakland restaurant Maya Halal Taqueria received a $25,000 grant as part of Guy Fieri’s Guys Restaurant Reboot livestream on Friday, one of a number of restaurants across the country to receive more than $300,000 in grants and scholarships from sponsors contributing to the program. Owner Margalara Safi opened Maya Halal Taqueria, which combines Tex Mex-style fare with halal meats, at 346 14th Street in 2018.
  • Orinda is poised to ban food and drink containers made of Styrofoam and other polystyrenes, joining most other Contra Costa County cities like Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, and Richmond. Orinda’s proposal got unanimous support from the council last week, and will likely go up for adoption in July, reports Mercury News. The local regulation would kick in six months after it receives approval, allowing restaurants and vendors time to adjust. [Mercury News]

Old Jerusalem

2966 Mission Street, , CA 94110 (415) 642-5958 Visit Website

Boichik Bagels

3170 College Avenue, , CA 94705 (510) 858-5189 Visit Website