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Jun 16, 2020 2 min read

This week's tablehopper: the new normal.

This week's tablehopper: the new normal.
The amazing, Big Night-inspired timpano from Prospect I enjoyed immensely a couple weeks ago. What a dream—something special I’d happily stay at home for. Photo: ©
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Hello, friends. Thanks to all of you who wrote back after last week’s newsletter, I appreciate you. It’s such an emotional time, I’m thinking of all of you. I’m currently doing some exploration with folks to speak with for the next On the Fly podcast episode—in the meantime, you can catch up on past episodes here.

This Friday is Juneteenth—I’d love to see my Apple calendar automatically populate with it as a national holiday next year. Visit HellaJuneteenth for ways you help make that happen. Here’s to all the companies who are recognizing Juneteenth as a company holiday for their employees (including Sava, my delivery partner for mymilligram).

This coming Sunday is Father’s Day—do you have your meal and treats lined up? I’ve seen some awesome family meal, BBQ, and kit options from A16 (look under “specials”), State Bird, Prospect, and Perbacco (once you update the pickup date at the top to Friday 6/19 or Saturday 6/20, the Father’s Day menu will appear), Liholiho Yacht Club is back (!) with spamburguesa kits and mochi and more in their new clubhouse takeout offering, or Hilda and Jesse, and check out this gift box from Yes Pudding, Peaches Patties, and Gourmonade! You can also pick up some wine or spirits for Pop—support your favorite restaurant, bar, or liquor store. Or hop on over to mymilligram and get him some low-dose chocolates or a topical for his sore back (you’ll find some ideas in this piece).

I know this past weekend was a flurry of activity over all the outdoor dining coming back to SF on Friday (I’ve been posting places daily on Instagram (@tablehopper) and in my Alfresco SF Highlights), but sadly our San Francisco ABC wasn’t able to grant the temporary catering permit required to allow for serving alcoholic beverages outside. (I know, it never ends.) Fortunately, the City of SF filed for a Variance with the State of California last night in the Board of Supervisors meeting (as required to be able to move further into the reopening process), it passed, and the temporary catering permits should be released very soon. Cheers to that.

Another thing that happened on Friday is a number of SF restaurants who use Grubhub for delivery received a rate increase email, some larger than the 15 percent commission fee cap Mayor Breed set during the emergency order, which is in defiance of the order. Read more in my piece about Grubhub’s shady ways, whether you’re a restaurant or consumer, and I hope you never, ever use them again.

On Monday, I attended a test luncheon at the new The Vault Garden (which was great). It was my first time out in a restaurant 90 days, and, to be expected, I had some thoughts. Take a look.

And take good care. Marcia Gagliardi

The amazing, Big Night-inspired timpano from Prospect I enjoyed immensely a couple weeks ago. What a dream—something special I’d happily stay at home for. Photo: © tablehopper Newsletter from Wednesday, Jun 17 2020

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