Tidbits: Kama O Deli, Changes at Zazie and The Liberties, Update on Spice Jar


The spicy pork rito from Kama O Deli. Yelp photo by Sooshi K.

There is a new deli in South Beach called ~KAMA O DELI~, serving Asian-inspired wraps and sandwiches, like a beef sukiyaki “rito” or pork belly sandwich. Yelp reports are generally positive, citing it as a good place for lunch, with good value and friendly service. 590 3rd St. at Brannan, 415-872-9622.

Another San Francisco restaurant is changing their pricing and payment structure for workers: Cole Valley’s brunch staple ~ZAZIE~ has officially done away with tipping. In addition, owner Jennifer Piallat tells us everyone on the restaurant’s staff will now receive a living wage, profit sharing, fully funded dental and health insurance, paid sick leave, and a 401(k) with employer match. They’ve raised prices slightly, and done away with the San Francisco ordinances surcharge (previously $1.25 per diner). The changes are effective as of today, Tuesday June 2nd. Good job, Zazie, and all the best to your staff! 941 Cole St. at Parnassus, 415-564-5332.

Mission pub ~THE LIBERTIES~ is celebrating 15 years in business this month with a special Mission burger combo. For $15 you get the half-pound burger with cheese, bacon, and a side of fries, along with a half pint of any beer on tap. They’ve also recently refreshed the interior and added a heated outdoor space. 998 Guerrero St. at 22nd St., 415-282-6789.

As reported on tablehopper in April, the former Local’s Corner space in the Mission has a new taker. It’s called ~THE SPICE JAR~ and comes from owner Ryuichi Hamada. The restaurant will be serving “Asian comfort food,” Hamada says, with dishes inspired by many different Asian countries. Right now, he is hoping to open in late June but is still waiting on an ABC license transfer. The space is getting a quick refresh (and a hood), as well. 2500 Bryant St. at 23rd St., 415-829-3668.