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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cafe Gratitude To Close All Bay Area Locations and Gracias Madre

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 3:23 PM

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

The big news of the day is the all-edifying-vegan-menu restaurant that is Cafe Gratutide is closing up all seven of its Northern California locations and the owners' other S.F. restaurant, Gracias Madre. SFist reports, via a Cafe Gratitude Facebook post, that the chain is closing the three S.F. locations along with the others due to "a series of aggressive lawsuits." Two pending lawsuits involve tip pooling and overtime pay, but an update on Inside Scoop reveals the attorney who filed the wage and hour claims, Stephen Sommers, points out the claims are not substantial enough to warrant the closure of all eight restaurants. According to Sommers, "There's something else."

Cafe Gratitude's post further states that they'll remain open for at least the next few months, which should give employees some time to find new jobs. Vegansauras reported that many of them, including higher-up employees, didn't know about the impending closure until they read about in on SFist.

On a lighter note, Parallel 37 will open in time for the holidays. Inside Scoop reveals the new, more-modern focused restaurant slated for the Ritz Carlton will debut an expanded bar program, with Camber Lay (Epic Roasthouse, Town Hall) at the helm. While their opening is couple weeks away, they're already taking reservations through OpenTable.

Food truck news: Noe Valley SF discovers Cookie Time is roaming City streets. According to their Facebook page, they're not the simple Santa favorites, but actually cookie cakes -- which require a spoon.

The brightly colored After Osha opened in Union Square. Inside Scoop notes the casual restaurant features a noodle bar where diners can customize their dishes (432 Sutter at Stockton).

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