Tiny spaces with hits from Señor Sisig, Curry Up Now, Humphrey Slocombe and other Bay Area favorites are right at your fingertips. Local Kitchens, a startup that caught the eye of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and DoorDash’s Tony Xu, is looking to grow its own fleet by adding three Northern California spots this summer, Bay Area Innovation reports.
The company is optimistic about its growth across the state and, hopefully, the country. This latest expansion will add an outpost in Los Gatos in June and locations in Campbell and Mill Valley in July; previously announced is a Local Kitchen opening in Santa Clara at the end of the year, and another in Davis in May. By the end of 2022, the chain is expected to have 11 branches across the state. In the near future, look for Los Gatos Kitchen at 681 Blossom Hill Road; the Campbell’s Kitchen at 1640 S. Bascom Avenue in the Hamilton Shopping Center; and the Mill Valley Kitchen at 741 East Blithedale Avenue.
The Nob Hill bar was allowed to offer take-out despite the collective grief of neighbors
Soda Popinsky’s, a 2012 pop-up bar turned brick-and-mortar, is looking to add a take-out branch of its business. The expansion, to add a 150 square foot integrated take-out liquor store. was greenlit in late April by the San Francisco Planning Commission. But, according to Hood, the neighbors took the opportunity to try to close the addition. “After hours, the neighborhood is subject to at least 45 minutes to an hour of wandering drunks making hoarse noises, trying to find their cars, fighting and generally waking people up,” Hood recounted a complaining public commentator during the public hearing. “Giving them the ability to have more alcohol with them as they walk around the neighborhood will further disrupt the health, well-being and stability of the neighborhood.” The commission did not buy the argument.
San Francisco-based veteran raises millions for private booking tech company
Luke Hutchinson launched Perfect Venue, a private event management platform for restaurants and venues, after two deployments to Afghanistan and after graduating from West Point in 2013. The company works as a backend to manage venues. private event requests from clients looking to reserve space for a large party. or event, such as weddings. While some may think there are enough food industry apps on the market, others give Hutchinson’s company an unqualified vote of approval, Tech Crunch reports. The three-person San Francisco company raised $3.6 million in its first fundraising round in late April.
North Bay’s hidden bakery scene is gaining momentum
the the Chronicle finds that some of the next big players in pies and pies — and a number who have already made a name for themselves — are located in a few North Bay towns. Pies from Feybesse, cakes from Karl and desserts with soul from Nunu are all in Vallejo; The Paris Artisan & Gourmet Cafe is located in American Canyon; and One House Bakery is in Benicia.
Hot sauce ice cream to take San Francisco by storm (just kidding, but maybe!)
An April Fool’s Day social media joke came true, a hot sauce ice cream was born. Taryn Segal behind Castro’s Double Rainbow ice cream is teaming up with Hector Saldivar and his recycling-friendly company, Tia Lupita, for limited Chipotle chocolate chip ice cream. Flavor launches on Cinco de Mayo – when else?