Castagnola's Kitchen Walkout, Ryan Scott's New Place, and Groceries by Boat

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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.

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That SFgate story on Castagnola is nothing but sleazy insinuations. What the heck do illegal immigrants have to do with Castagnola's walk-out? The writer presented no facts, no details. Even the basic writing is poor: workers asked to put in an extra two hours "at the same rate." What rate is that: hourly rate in which they would make more money, or day rate, which would mean getting paid less per hour? 

SF Weekly shouldn't be linking to such shoddy stuff.

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