Castagnola's Kitchen Walkout, Ryan Scott's New Place, and Groceries by Boat
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
A packed restaurant with a kitchen staff walkout is among a manager's worst nightmares. Inside Scoop reports that Castagnola's kitchen staff walked out on the Fisherman's Wharf restaurant on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., while the dining room had with approximately 200 Labor Day weekend revelers (a night estimated to bring in between $30-$40k). The walkout was in protest of the restaurant's recent changes: extended hours, new menu, and new management. While the restaurant has already hired a new kitchen staff, Inside Scoop hypothesizes a more covert reason for the walkout: illegal immigrant labor issues.
It looks like Brunch Drunk Love's Ryan Scott has found the place he's been looking for. Inside Scoop shares he'll open a grab-n-go restaurant at 68 West Portal (at Vicente) this winter. No word yet on the fare or name. He's going to have a busy fall, as Inside Scoop notes he's also set to debut a second 3-Sum Eats truck this October.
This may be a first for the Bay Area: groceries by boat. Eater SF reports, via Bay Crossings, Oakland's pending Green City Grocery will boast one boat dock for grocery getters. The store is also focusing on a "90/90" goal, where 90 percent of the store's items are sourced within 90 miles of the store.