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- Downtown San Jose is getting a large food-focused project from Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick, in keeping with reporting from the Mercury Information. In 2018, an actual property enterprise managed by Kalanick bought a historic property often known as the Odd Fellows Constructing with plans to open a CloudKitchens web site within the house. Now, particulars have expanded to incorporate a meals corridor on the primary ground of the constructing, which is able to add a public eating component to the gathering of small industrial kitchen areas. However all this begs the query: is it nonetheless a ghost kitchen if it’s haunted by actual diners? [Mercury News]
- The choice to order spectacular buttermilk-brined fried chicken for takeout from Divisadero Avenue icon Nopa helped make the previous 12 months barely extra bearable for Bay Space diners. However because the saying goes, all good issues should come to an finish: The restaurant introduced it is going to stop offering takeout after at the moment, Thursday, June 24. Because the late-night eating staple has resumed indoor eating, it’s turn into more and more tough to “maintain a takeout circulate,” in keeping with Nopa’s Fb publish. As such, Nopa will shut completely from June 25 via July 6 to spend the subsequent couple of weeks making ready to reopen for dine-in at “full-ish capability” on Wednesday, July 7. Diners can anticipate a slate of upgrades together with reinstalled cubicles and an replace to the bar. [Facebook]
- And Nopa isn’t the one restaurant flaunting a post-pandemic glow-up. Saffron Indian Bistro, the downtown San Carlos restaurant from Michelin-starred restaurateur Ajay Walia, just lately reopened with a brand new look. Since opening 17 years in the past the restaurant has provided a “buffet-style, fast-dining setting,” however after soliciting suggestions from associates, household, and the neighborhood, Saffron shifted to sit-down service. The restaurant’s menu of Northern Indian meals is now accessible for dine-in, takeout, and supply. Reservations could be made through the Saffron Indian Bistro website.
- These searching for extra plant-based protein choices at Bay Space eating places will quickly have yet another so as to add to the listing. OmniPork, a vegan protein from OmniFoods, has expanded its roster of restaurant prospects to 3 new eating places in San Francisco and Oakland. The pork substitute is now on the menu at Oakland’s Casa Borinquena and Malibu’s Burgers, in addition to at The Fortunate Pig in San Francisco. The product made its debut within the space a number of months again at Shizen and Chef Reina, the delivery-focused on-line enterprise from chef Reina Montenegro, recognized for her mini-chain of Filipino restaurants that didn’t serve meat.