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Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Six: The Oakland Passport Gets You a Special Drink at 32 Bars

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 2:10 PM

  • ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Plus ThirstyBear turns 20 with a huge block party next month, the racial pay gap in Bay Area restaurants is the highest in the country, and of course Pokemon people are turning up in the world's most august restaurants.

The Oakland Passport Gets You Drink Specials at 32 Bars
If you like drinking a lot, getting better acquainted with new venues, and also filling up little black books with stamps, you might want to check out The Oakland Passport, a program for getting drink specials that costs $20 and runs through Sept. 5. It's good for a beverage at Haven, Duende, District, Starline Social Club, The HATCH, Hog's Apothecary, and more than two dozen others.

People of Color in Bay Area Restaurants Make $6 Less Per Hour, The Highest Gap in the Country
Via the S.F. Business Times, a report by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay Area determined that the racial pay gap in the region's restaurants is the highest in the country. One reason for the $6 differential in hourly pay is the ongoing front-of-house/back-of-house divide, something that the service-inclusive or no-tip trend seeks to mitigate: "Though white workers account for just 26 percent of all restaurant staff, they disproportionately make up 36 percent of the higher-paying front-of-the-house positions, such as bartenders and servers, and only 19 percent of back-of-the-house positions, like cooks and dishwashers." Worse, the average hourly wage for people of color who work in restaurants ($16.32) is barely half of what you need to earn to stay afloat in Oakland ($30.48), much less in San Francisco ($39.65).

A Nine-Story, 100-Unit Building May Replace Several Foodie Spots
It's in that nether-region that's technically Hayes Valley, but Hoodline observed that a proposed 100-unit development at 1740 Market Street between Octavia and Gough could engulf businesses at several adjacent addresses, eliminating Proposition Chicken and David Rio. Food and drink notwithstanding, that block is also the home of Lyon-Martin Health Services, a vital nonprofit for low-income women and the transgender community. There's a Planning Department hearing on Thursday, July 28.

ThirstyBear Turns 20 With a Block Party Aug. 27
To celebrate the 20th birthday of ThirstyBear Organic Brewing (661 Howard), it's teaming up with 20 other local breweries to throw a block party on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m., with bluegrass and flamenco performances, seafood and vegetarian paellas from Chef Rob McCarthy as well as a whole roasted pig. Tickets are $96-$135.

Noma Is Full of Pokemon Go Players
Yep, even the greatest restaurant in the world.

UK Restaurant Debuts All-Emoji Menu, UK Pizza Huts Quickly Follow Suit
Punning on the British meaning of "rocket" — better known stateside as arugula — a British restaurateur has rolled out an all-emoji menu. Grub Street reports that some items on The Yellow Door's pictographic roster are harder to decipher than others, while Eater says that six British location of Pizza Hut will have emoji menus through Sunday, July 17.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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