News Bits: Tartine Workers Try to Unionize, Niku Star Staff Hires

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The exterior of the new Tartine Inner Sunset on 9th Ave. Photo: Paige Green.

Some big news came out last week that Tartine Bakery workers (at the original Tartine Bakery in SF, Tartine Manufactory, Tartine Inner Sunset, and Tartine in Berkeley) were trying to unionize in pursuit of better pay, job protection, and more—read the Chronicle story here. The latest update is Tartine management has declined the workers’ union demands—for now. File this one under definitely developing, like their dough.

A quick update, in case you were wondering where the talented chef Melissa Perfit has landed after the closing of Ayala: she’s now the chef de cuisine over at ~NIKU STEAKHOUSE~ (see, she just isn’t about seafood, although we love her for it). Joining her is new GM Mickey Clevenger, our Johnny Cash of front of house.