Welcome to pm Intel, your little roundup of Bay Area food and dining news. Tips are always welcome, drop them here.
- After a pandemic hibernation of 16 months and four months after its 42nd birthday, the legendary Hayes Street Grill is reopening. The classic seafood restaurant announced its plans on Instagram: Starting July 30, the restaurant will open Friday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, with the intention of adding days and hours to the road. Founder and co-owner Patty Unterman will continue to play it safe, however – the restaurant says all of its staff have been vaccinated and only requests fully vaccinated customers to dine inside, though it’s unclear whether customers will need to provide. a proof.
The Grubstake, Polk Gulch’s wagon-style breakfast restaurant, has roots in the city going back about a hundred years. The plan to demolish the existing restaurant for an eight-story mixed-use condo project and then rebuild it gained approval from the Planning Commission. Thursday’s meeting gathered voices in favor of reconstruction and restoration, reports Hoodline, who plans to keep the facade of the Grubstake and reopen the restaurant after construction is complete. You can see renderings of the new building by design firm Kerman Morris here. [Hoodline]
- A pair of friends have popped into town with some fiercely inventive tortas. The creations included grilled chili relleno cheese with pumpkin seed salsa maya and spicy pork milanesa with dates, black garlic and mole, all served on a special version of telera bread. My Friend Fernando is a new Bay Area pop-up from Jacob Croom and baker Jaren Wilkinson, reports the SF Chronicle. They’ve hosted two so far, one at the Neighbor Bakehouse where Wilkinson works, and another at the Sister Restaurant in Oakland, with a third scheduled for August. Follow my friend Fernando on Instagram for future dates and locations. [SF Chronicle]
- As more communities across the country announce masks advisories and other recommendations similar to those issued last week in the Bay Area, three local counties are trying to go further: Counties of Contra Costa, of Santa Clara and San Francisco urged employers to report Thursday demanding workers get vaccinated as a condition of employment. The statement said “employers can play a critical role in increasing immunization rates.” They “mean that public health is fully behind these kinds of demands”, but, it seems, are not responsible enough for their enforcement. [ABC 7]