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Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

This is what happens when you hike minimum wage from $9 to $12.25 overnight.

Posted by Danny Hipps on 07/06/2016 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

:( first Pretty Lady, now Mama's .... I want George to be able to retire, but NOOOOOOOOO was my first response as well. I hope a fan of Mama's buys it & doesn't change much... please please.

Posted by bill thAdon on 07/05/2016 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by Kate Rhoades on 07/05/2016 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Coffee Box, a Sicilian Spinoff, and ‘Broffee’

Matt, I've never found Luke wanting as a food critic, and I suspect that he knows the meaning and significance of "craft coffee drinks."

Here's a hint -- in this case, regarding "artisanal bottled water":

http://www.scoutingny.com/the-best-bottled…

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 07/03/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

The photograph on the label was stolen, without credit or compensation, from freelance photographer Chris Duffey, a longtime contributor to Oakland Magazine and the East Bay Express. A representative of Phat Beets declined to cease using the photo when informed that it was stolen. So much for the ethics and good works of Phat Beets Produce, I guess.

Posted by Stephen Buel on 07/01/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

I WLL ALWAYS SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESS. HAPPY RETIREMENT SISTAH'S!!!! YOU DID YOUR THING FOR MANY YEARS THAT SOEAKS VOLUMES!

Posted by Stacy Smithc on 07/01/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

I enjoyed the food, the service was ok.....

Posted by Linford J Gayle on 06/30/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

THAT'S SAD!! AND IV'E NEVER BEEN THERE!! DOG ON!!!

Posted by j4christ2016 on 06/30/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

Great food, truly awful, terrible, no good, very bad service. It was time for them to move on - their hearts weren't in it anymore.

Posted by Maude Dibbets on 06/30/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Coffee Box, a Sicilian Spinoff, and ‘Broffee’

"“Craft coffee drinks” — whatever that means" Luke, you might want to sit down, because this bit of truth I'm about to tell you is clearly going to rock your world: Luke, you're a food critic.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/29/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

This is the link to our youth site http://www.phatbeetsproduce.org/phatbeetzp… to buy our products

Posted by max cadji on 06/29/2016 at 7:15 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

Ahh Luke. We send you so many positive press releases about our youth programs, our work to distribute food grown at Castlemont High School, our Double EBT work and you just love to write about controversial things. Did you highlight our kraut that pays for fruit trees to planted in Southern Madagascar by a sister collective? Or that the products contain produce grown by youth and small farmers of color? How about posting a link to our sites to buy our youth products to help us employee youth. Nope, how sad :(

Posted by max cadji on 06/29/2016 at 7:07 PM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

nobody except for my great grandma made food that compared. hope the recipe can live on.

Posted by Emanuel Ward on 06/28/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

Continue to support Black Owned businesses that are out there...Look, Find, and Follow

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 06/27/2016 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Bijan,

I must disagree. Perhaps you had a bad day, as all businesses have, but in the 23 years I've been coming to Barclays it has always been family friendly. I started as a patron and started bringing my daughters with me. They were always treated with respect. Both started working there as their first jobs, and my younger daughter, who started as a hostess at 15 now is assistant manager and orders the beer. There is not a day goes by that there is not a stroller in the pub or on the patio. The proposed "theme" pub, with a full bar, will alienate many of these families who feel comfortable coming here. It will be a true loss for Rockridge.

Posted by rmdownward on 06/25/2016 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I mean, seriously, if 2-Sh$rt had rhymed lay some pipe with your game is tight, wouldn't his fans be ...underwhelmed?

Posted by Chen Kai Wen on 06/24/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

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?

Posted by Chen Kai Wen on 06/24/2016 at 10:18 AM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

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!

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/24/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

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).

Posted by FiliaVallis on 06/23/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

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".

Posted by egh on 06/23/2016 at 7:29 PM

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