Cider House Blues: All of the Peninsula’s hard cider makers have shuttered recently. Why?

Sunnyvale's Red Branch Cider Company, San Carlos' Redwood Coast Cider and South San Francisco's South City Cider have all shuttered recently. While many businesses have faced a hard times, a unique confluence of bad luck and challenging policies have hit these three cideries hard, pushing them to halt or relocate operations, leaving the Peninsula bereft of local makers of the apple-based alcoholic beverage. 

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‘We’re all in this together’: How Peninsula restaurants are adapting to pandemic-related issues

At the onset of the pandemic, many establishments sought relief with government grants. ateo County invested $22.8 million in COVID-19 emergency relief for small businesses with 354 grants totaling $3.54 million given to restaurants, wineries and breweries, according to a county representative. But with these wells drying up and funds spent, restaurants are making ends meet by being creative and fostering the community they have.

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Just our luck: St. Patrick’s Day events are back in the 650

For the first time since 2019, St. Patrick’s Day festivities are back without restrictions on capacity or county mask mandates in place (individual business and event rules still apply, of course). So don your green apparel and celebrate on the Peninsula at one of these upcoming events.

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The results are in: South San Francisco pop-up wins best fried chicken sandwich

Meet the local chef determined to upstage Popeyes — from his backyard Mel Canares’ hefty, delicious fried chicken sandwich. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) After the Popeyes chicken sandwich craze swept the internet last year, Mel Canares was left feeling a little dumbfounded. For all the mania — the long lines, the impassioned Twitter wars, the out-of-stock shock — Canares just knew he could make a superior fried chicken sandwich. So he set out to ...

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