California fast food workers stage statewide strike

Your favorite fast food restaurant could be at reduced capacity starting next week. On June 9, the Service Employees International Union launched a statewide strike. The campaign was announced on June 1 and, according to the Sacramento beethe stops are part of a rallying effort regarding Assembly Bill 257. The bill would create a Fast Food Industry Council within the Department of Industrial Relations comprised of 11 governor appointees. The intent of the council is to provide safety guidance and protections for those working in the industry.

The bill passed the state assembly in January and is due for a vote this summer. The strike is the latest in SEIU’s efforts to draw attention to the lack of a $15 minimum wage, the risk of COVID in the workplace, and customer violence (as this charming interaction captured at Stonestown Mall). Employees at businesses like McDonald’s, Burger King and Jack in the Box across the state, including the Bay Area, will be coming out, so get your McGriddles while you can.

This Palo Alto dive bar will see new life with development

Antonio’s Nut House in Palo Alto, a local restaurant and dive bar after a former supermarket life, finds itself vacant at 84. It’s been closed since August 2020, and now the building is about to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city’s Historic Resources Board, according to Palo Alto Online, found the building of historical significance. The new owners, Storm Land LLC, plan to rehabilitate the building with a new dining pavilion.

Classic San Francisco Brewery Partners with City of Novato

The San Francisco Brewing Co., a Ghirardelli Square establishment, is partnering with the Novato City Council to create a beer garden and park in downtown Novato by early 2023. The Marine Independent review reports that the city has entered “exclusive negotiations” for the approximately 1-acre depot site at 695 Grant Avenue near the SMART train station.

Mochi muffin niche sparks reactions

Yesterday, Eater wrote about Third Culture Bakery’s cease-and-desist letters against other companies making items similar to its mochi muffins, as reported by the the Chronicle. Since then, the company’s Yelp page has received many negative reviews in response to the article. CA Bakehouse, one of the companies featured in the original story, posted on its instagram saying he was unaware of the full scope of the article and showed his support for Third Culture Bakery.

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