These Los Gatos restaurants wanted to defy Santa Clara County’s new health order. Here’s why.

‘At death’s door’: Backlash to outdoor dining ban mounts among frustrated restaurant owners. A restaurant parklet in downtown Los Gatos, emptied following the temporary ban on outdoor dining in Santa Clara County. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) On Saturday, Dec. 5, the morning after the news broke that outdoor dining would be coming to an end in Santa Clara County in just two days (rather than in the expected weeks), a group of Los Gatos ...

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The scoop on ethical business: Why Ben of Ben & Jerry’s thinks American corporations must do better

Ahead of his upcoming talk at Kepler’s, the long-time social activist & ice cream entrepreneur gives us the scoop on how business (and government) could be doing more for our communities. (Original 650 illustration by Kaz Palladino/Awkward Affections; photo courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s) When Ben & Jerry’s sold to Unilever in 1994, co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield walked away as millionaires. And yet Cohen, who subsequently took a step back ...

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Can pop-ups help restaurants ride out the COVID wave?

Wine shop to host socially distanced, outdoor dinners; San Carlos restaurant spotlights local chefs; SF’s Wise Sons brings bagels to Peninsula JCCs. Ox & Tiger will serve its chicken karaage at an outdoor, socially distanced pop-up at Vineyard Gate in Millbrae. (Photo courtesy Ox & Tiger) Six months into the coronavirus shutdown, more local establishments are turning to pop-ups as a way to invigorate their businesses. Vineyard Gate, a natural wine shop in downtown ...

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Evacuation zone aid: A restaurant owner’s quest to feed left-behind locals

Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone Andy Kerr, co-owner of Alice’s Restaurant, drives behind a San Mateo County Sheriff vehicle through the CZU August Lightning Complex fires evacuation zone on August 25th. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone With wildfire smoke blanketing the Santa Cruz ...

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Silicon Valley’s underground food movement is driven by Instagram and COVID economics

How out-of-work residents on the SF Peninsula are finding a lifeline via homemade food operations. Teresita, who started selling food via Instagram during the shutdown, cooks Filipino bistek and lumpia in her home kitchen. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) There’s an underground food movement booming on the San Francisco Peninsula. It’s not happening at restaurants, but in the homes and backyards of out-of-work cooks, high school coaches, mothers and fathers — people who have ...

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Max Fennell’s biggest run: Menlo Park triathlete and coffee CEO to run for City Council

Focused on affordable housing, the 32-year-old says he’ll speak the truth, be loud and give it 110% Max Fennell on the current moment: ‘If anything, this continues to wake something up inside of myself.’ (Photo by Charles Russo) Max Fennell has made a name for himself as a triathlete and entrepreneur living in Menlo Park. Now he’s planning to run for the City Council’s District 3 seat on a platform aimed at ...

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Menlo Park almost lost Cafe Borrone to the shutdown. Then the community stepped in to save it.

Menlo Park almost lost its beloved Cafe Borrone to the shutdown. Then the community stepped in to save it. Marina Borrone’s GoFundMe strategy yields a much-needed lifeline while on the brink of closure. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) The coronavirus shutdown nearly claimed one of the Peninsula’s most beloved eating establishments, Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. After temporarily shuttering the longtime cafe in March, Marina Borrone, whose parents opened the first Cafe Borrone in Redwood City in 1979, ...

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Shuttered gyms & dumbbell price gouging: COVID-19 is threatening the 650’s fitness scene

Shuttered gyms & dumbbell price gouging: COVID-19 is threatening the Peninsula’s diverse fitness scene Here’s how you can help (and maybe develop some muscles and skills in the process) The gym at the YMCA of Silicon Valley location in Mountain View is shut down. In just one example of local creativity to stay useful, the space has been repurposed as a child care center for the children of health care workers. (Photo by Magali ...

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Peninsula cities consider closing streets to make space for struggling restaurants during COVID-19

“Every seat outside would help.” Creative solutions surface to aid a beleaguered industry. Two pedestrians walk down Santa Cruz Avenue past Roma in downtown Menlo Park. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Cities up and down the Midpeninsula are considering temporarily closing their downtown streets to traffic to give restaurants and other businesses more outdoor space to safely serve customers when they’re allowed to reopen. The cities, including Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, ...

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