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Bay Area Deals for Federal Workers Affected by the Government Shutdown

Local restaurants are offering free burgers, tacos, and more

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We’re officially in the midst of the longest government shutdown in United States history. Some Bay Area restaurateurs are hoping to provide a little relief to furloughed government workers, who haven’t seen a paycheck since the shutdown began last month. Read on for deals for federal workers affected by the shutdown, and let us know if you hear of more by email. (Note: Workers need to show proper federal government ID in order to snag these discounts.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Farm Burger

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882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 785-4802
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Every Friday is now Furlough Friday at Farm Burger, which will give away a free chicken burger, fries, and an iced tea to any federal government employees. This deal is available all day in-store only, with one meal per guest each day.

2. Theresa & Johnny's Comfort Food

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817 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 259-0182
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Flash your federal ID during the shutdown and this classic American breakfast spot will give you a free meal.

3. Jules Thin Crust

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5804 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 597-1859
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Swing by Jules for a free slice of crispy, gluten-y or gluten-free pizza — the offer lasts through Wednesday, January 23, but check Instagram to see if the mini chain extends it as the shutdown continues.

4. Lefty O'Doul's

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145 Jefferson Street Suite #400C
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-8900
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Head over to Lefty’s for a free lunch or dinner at the Taste of SF Buffet with non-alcoholic beverages. The deal is available at lunch and dinner, and extends to furloughed employees and their families. It’s happening until the shutdown ends.

5. Causwells

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2346 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 447-6081
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The Americana Burger at Causwells comes with American cheese, classic fixings, and a side of crispy onions — and the restaurant is serving them at a 50 percent discount to affected workers.

6. PABU Izakaya

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101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 668-7228
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Drop into Pabu for a free pork belly donburi on Monday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Pabu
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7. Trailblazer Tavern

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350 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 625-5445

Federal workers can enjoy a free spicy tuna bowl at Michael Mina’s new Hawaiian restaurant on Monday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8. International Smoke

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301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-7474
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Stop by the SoMa restaurant for a free half-rack of ribs with a side of barbecue sweet potato on Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with valid Federal identification.

 

9. Sweetgreen

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171 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 855-7653
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On Saturday, January 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., federal workers can head to any Sweetgreen location for a free bowl, like the “shroomami” (wild rice, portobellos, sesame tofu, lots of veggies, and miso-sesame-ginger dressing) or curry chickpea bowl (roasted chicken, chickpeas, veggies, quinoa, and curry-yogurt dressing).

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10. Museum of Ice Cream

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1 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(855) 258-0719
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Government employees affected by the shutdown can snag two free weekday tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream for a little light-hearted fun and some sweet treats. (Visit the website to book.)

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11. Al Pastor Papi

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1379 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158

Mexico City-style taco stand Al Pastor Papi is giving away two tacos and one agua fresca to federal workers every day until the shutdown ends.

12. Alba Ray's

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2293 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 872-9409
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Head to New Orleans-style restaurant Alba Ray’s for jambalaya during the government shutdown — the dish is half off for federal workers.

13. Laundré

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2401 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 795-1367
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Ok fine, this isn’t food... but people still need to do their laundry. Laundré, which also has a cafe and wifi to accompany its sleek washers and dryers, is offering free laundry for federal workers with a valid id.

14. San Francisco International Airport

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(650) 821-8211
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Given so many federal employees work at SFO — air traffic controllers, TSA agents, customs officers, etc. — it makes sense for the airport to ask all of its restaurants and shops to give 50 percent off discounts to furloughed workers. According to SFO, about 90 percent of all restaurants and shops have done so.

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15. Wonderful

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270 Broadway
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 651-8888
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Federal workers and their families will receive 50 percent off of their bills at Millbrae’s popular Hunanese restaurant — its location near San Francisco International Airport is prime for TSA agents, customs workers, and air traffic controllers.

16. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

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390 Capistrano Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-2739
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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s brewery also holds a full restaurant. When federal government workers show up during the shut down, they’ll receive a $25 gift card that can be redeemed immediately for food and non-alcoholic beverages. (Sorry — the brewery isn’t legally allowed to help you drink your sorrows away.)

1. Farm Burger

882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Every Friday is now Furlough Friday at Farm Burger, which will give away a free chicken burger, fries, and an iced tea to any federal government employees. This deal is available all day in-store only, with one meal per guest each day.

882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

2. Theresa & Johnny's Comfort Food

817 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

Flash your federal ID during the shutdown and this classic American breakfast spot will give you a free meal.

817 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901

3. Jules Thin Crust

5804 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Swing by Jules for a free slice of crispy, gluten-y or gluten-free pizza — the offer lasts through Wednesday, January 23, but check Instagram to see if the mini chain extends it as the shutdown continues.

5804 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

4. Lefty O'Doul's

145 Jefferson Street Suite #400C, San Francisco, CA 94133

Head over to Lefty’s for a free lunch or dinner at the Taste of SF Buffet with non-alcoholic beverages. The deal is available at lunch and dinner, and extends to furloughed employees and their families. It’s happening until the shutdown ends.

145 Jefferson Street Suite #400C
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. Causwells

2346 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The Americana Burger at Causwells comes with American cheese, classic fixings, and a side of crispy onions — and the restaurant is serving them at a 50 percent discount to affected workers.

2346 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. PABU Izakaya

101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Pabu
Pabu
Pabu

Drop into Pabu for a free pork belly donburi on Monday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. Trailblazer Tavern

350 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Federal workers can enjoy a free spicy tuna bowl at Michael Mina’s new Hawaiian restaurant on Monday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

350 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

8. International Smoke

301 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Read Review |

Stop by the SoMa restaurant for a free half-rack of ribs with a side of barbecue sweet potato on Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with valid Federal identification.

 

301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

9. Sweetgreen

171 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Sweetgreen

On Saturday, January 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., federal workers can head to any Sweetgreen location for a free bowl, like the “shroomami” (wild rice, portobellos, sesame tofu, lots of veggies, and miso-sesame-ginger dressing) or curry chickpea bowl (roasted chicken, chickpeas, veggies, quinoa, and curry-yogurt dressing).

171 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94105

10. Museum of Ice Cream

1 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Caleb Pershan

Government employees affected by the shutdown can snag two free weekday tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream for a little light-hearted fun and some sweet treats. (Visit the website to book.)

1 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. Al Pastor Papi

1379 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Mexico City-style taco stand Al Pastor Papi is giving away two tacos and one agua fresca to federal workers every day until the shutdown ends.

1379 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158

12. Alba Ray's

2293 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Head to New Orleans-style restaurant Alba Ray’s for jambalaya during the government shutdown — the dish is half off for federal workers.

2293 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. Laundré

2401 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Ok fine, this isn’t food... but people still need to do their laundry. Laundré, which also has a cafe and wifi to accompany its sleek washers and dryers, is offering free laundry for federal workers with a valid id.

2401 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco, CA 94128
SFO

Given so many federal employees work at SFO — air traffic controllers, TSA agents, customs officers, etc. — it makes sense for the airport to ask all of its restaurants and shops to give 50 percent off discounts to furloughed workers. According to SFO, about 90 percent of all restaurants and shops have done so.

15. Wonderful

270 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

Federal workers and their families will receive 50 percent off of their bills at Millbrae’s popular Hunanese restaurant — its location near San Francisco International Airport is prime for TSA agents, customs workers, and air traffic controllers.

270 Broadway
Millbrae, CA 94030

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16. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s brewery also holds a full restaurant. When federal government workers show up during the shut down, they’ll receive a $25 gift card that can be redeemed immediately for food and non-alcoholic beverages. (Sorry — the brewery isn’t legally allowed to help you drink your sorrows away.)

390 Capistrano Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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