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- According to an analysis by SF Biz Journal, DoorDash founder and CEO Tony Xu is the highest paid CEO in the Bay Area — by a lot. Xu’s total compensation in the most recent fiscal year was $413.67 million, which is more than $200 million more than the CEO with the second-highest compensation last year. As SF Biz Journal points out, despite the pandemic, “74 of the Bay Area’s 100 highest-paid public company CEOs saw their total compensation increase from 2019 to 2020.” [SF Business Times]
- It appears Cow Hollow’s the Brixton is bringing its pub vibes to Hayes Valley and expanding for a third time. According to a liquor license transfer caught by Tablehopper, the Brixton will take over the former Stacks space at 501 Hayes Street. A second location of the bar and brunch restaurant opened in 2019 on 2nd Street in SoMa, but remains temporarily closed. [Tablehopper]
- A full-service Italian restaurant serving Neapolitan pizza and fresh pasta will open in the former Firewood space at 4248 18th Street in the Castro, reports Hoodline. Vico Cavone is from Alessandro Raimondi, Sanaa Hams, and Giancarlo Esposito, who are currently doing some light remodeling of the restaurant space, as well as building outdoor seating. The owners expect to open in September. [Hoodline]
- Bake Sum, a year-old bakery venture born out of the pandemic, has landed a permanent home in Oakland, reports the SF Chronicle. The hustle from local baker Joyce Tang quickly grew a following for its pastries combining French techniques and Asian flavors with croissants, mochi bites, and pineapple buns. The takeout-only operation at 3249 Grand Avenue, formerly the Wild Rabbit Bakery, is expected to open this summer. [SF Chronicle]
- A San Jose taproom owner has resigned over sexual harassment allegations, the latest following accusations of sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct throughout the craft brewing industry. Ryan Summers, the owner of Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe and Pizza Flora in San Jose, announced on Instagram he would resign on Sunday, at the same time promising to step down from his ownership role. According to Hoodline, Summers was accused of misconduct on Instagram account Embolden Act Advance of creating “a culture of complicity that reinforced sexual harassment as normal, encouraged boy’s club behavior, and kept his workers quiet.” This follows the resignation of Modern Times’s founder and CEO, Jacob McKean, and firings at Bay Area beer bars Original Pattern and Beer Baron. [Hoodline]