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I mean, seriously, if 2-Sh$rt had rhymed lay some pipe with your game is tight, wouldn't his fans be ...underwhelmed?
fan of Eddie, but let's be fair about his disses to SF: Him and Tony Bordain the same: is there any more overrated city in the world than NYC? Cam'ron is his fave rapper? Really? Why?
EGH's comment says it all. A measly 6% profit and they think she's still greedy and underpaying her staff. EGH, you're so EBX it makes me sad. She's not greedy at all. Housing "activists" and good old fashion NIMBYs have created a perfect storm of housing development obstruction in time when tens of thousands of people are flocking here for really high paying jobs. That's why her employees can't afford rent anymore!
It's a real problem.
My partner's been running a small family-style catering business in the South Bay for a dozen years. We keep our prices moderate, we get top reviews from our clients, and it's still a constant struggle.
Customers want full-service catering for McDonald's prices, because their budgets are tight. Commercial rents are skyrocketing right alongside residential rent & home prices. Our two paid staff are almost family, they've been with us for a decade. We'd love to give them more money & more hours, and we can't.
The only reason my partner can keep our prices as reasonable as they are and keep the paid staff we do is because my partner and I bought houses before the last real estate bubble, limiting our housing expenses, he works incredibly hard, and I don't take any salary for the work I do.
All but the very top income brackets are being squeezed hard by the Bay Area economy, so the labor issues in food service are not a simple matter of raising wages, they are a complicated issue of managing income to cost-of-living ratios, (especially housing costs).
Bay Area restaurants are not experience a "labor shortage". Bay Area restaurant workers are experiencing a salary shortage. I guarantee that if you paid workers more, there would be no "shortage".
My husband said "One of your best columns" :-)
About half-a-century ago advertising agencies came up with the same principle: "sell the sizzle not the steak."
Folks in Oakland who like coffee should look at local coffee importer Sweet Maria's website. You can buy green coffee from all over the world there, roast it at home and have a fine cup at a lower cost than buying grocery store coffee.
One of the major problems with commercially-produced coffee is that it is 'way over-roasted so that it has nothing other than the taste of burnt beans. Then you add milk, sugar and other flavorings to make it palatable.
Luke, I wanna know what you think about Icey Cream's donut ice cream sandwich!
Stop writing the same tired story over and over again every time you hear about a cup of coffee that costs more than $10.
Predictable and Boring
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Oh, man, that's sad. On another note, maybe Pal's can move into a less super hip area and charge less than $12 for a sandwich?
We lived two blocks away for 7.5 years, moving away in 2009. Vida's Fish was in the space then and we're so sorry that we missed Bun Mam Soc Trang -- the food looks and sounds wonderful. Sadly, there is really *nothing else* to lure people to that corner of Oakland, so this closure is a real loss.
I'm with Tommy on this. Luke's being a troll.
"An early contender for the least tactful bar or restaurant name of the year..."
Yes, heaven forbid anyone try to improve anything. If the fear is that this bar is about to gentrify Rockridge, the bar is a little late.
She should be horribly embarrassed. She may be a creative and hands-on chef but obviously she's an awful operating partner. Shame on her.
Those pork buns look amazing. Any place in Oaktown to get them?
Agreed very interesting piece and why I think it's critical that old and new neighborhood restaurants that are the real deal owned by folks from that culture get supported. Aztecali is my latest fave for what they are doing--serving high quality food at a reasonable price but here are so many others as well all over Oaktown. Koryo at 44th and Telegraph (sushi and udon noodles etc) is another--not pretentious with boxes stored in the restaurant and a fish tank and it's even in the Temescal--hope it never changes one iota. .Thanks Luke for trying to keep them coming and making sure they are on our radar.
Great piece, Luke. So envious you got to spend some time with Eddie - he's like a hero to me. Can't wait for that new book drop. - Charley
I took my grandmother there for lunch yesterday; met nothing but super-friendly folks on the way there! Loved the tuna sandwich!
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