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Re: “Juanita & Maude Is an Instant Classic in Albany

It was the best all around dining experience we have had here in the East Bay in quite a while.
Looking very forward to going back soon!

Posted by ChefRick on 01/10/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Feeling the Squeeze

In 1968, my grandfathers two generations SF old business was faced with a challenge- the City wanted to demo the building he rented for 20 plus years. He bought a building and land on Folsom and Beale- South of Market, a wasteland then.Owning your own building- either as a home or business owner prompts better business decisions. People dont like your food, hire a different chef, but dont lose your livelihood.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 12/27/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The Year of Fast-Casual Restaurants

It sounds like it wasn't necessarily the minimum wage increase that caused Ozumo, Pican, et al to close (at least not in a vacuum). The article references both how the current workers comp insurance system and payroll tax structures impact costs. With the Bay Area housing crisis and affordability challenges, staffing issues could be even harder had the minimum wage notincreased.

Posted by Tim Huey on 12/21/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “The Year of Fast-Casual Restaurants

Good for Nelson German. I watched this transformation take place and am glad he is staying in business.

This is happening all over Oakland, a quasi "fast food" self service model is coming about as labor costs impact. Gastropig is another example. Locol as well.

The simple truth is that Oakland minimum wage ordinance, while well meant, has had drastic impact on the restaurant business. Already a very low profit low margin model, in many cases, the new minimum wage has closed business (Ozumo et al.) or reduced staffing and increased work load.

You can't squeeze blood out of a stone.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/20/2017 at 5:20 PM

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