The local restaurant owner explains why San Francisco
The local restaurant owner explains why so many restaurants in San Francisco are closing down.
SAN FRANCISCO — A recent story about the chain of restaurants closing down in San Francisco has generated a huge amount of reaction.
So, we wanted to look into this issue deeper. What's going on that's hurting local restaurants?
We talked with Stacy Jed— co-owner of the Bluestem Brasserie and president of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association — to get her response.
According to Jed, there has been an equal amount of restaurant launches and shutdowns every year, traditionally in San Francisco. But this is no longer the situation.
"Around two years ago, we began to see this pattern starting where we're seeing more shutdowns than the opening," Jed stated. "We're on track for nine percent fewer openings than closings, and we don't understand what 2019 is offering."
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association stared at Yelp statistics and discovered that 325 restaurants shut-in San Francisco last year compared to 298 that opened. They anticipate even more closures this year, given what is considered to be a powerful economy.
The change in eating habits and the increase in food delivery services are a factor in these closures, but restaurant owners like Jed are quick to point out that there is more to it. To begin with, Jed explained, opening a restaurant in San Francisco is challenging.
"If you're opening a restaurant, you've got an average of 22 permits to file and pay for," she said. "Then, once you've opened your doors, labor and health care costs have actually dampened the sustainability of restaurants in the city."
Over the last five years, the minimum wage has increased by $1.00 each year. Jed explained that if the employer contributes to the benefits, that would amount to about an additional $1.30. For Jed, who has 90 employees, this translates into an additional $30,000 a month increase in her bottom line of work.
"So for every year of dollar increase, a $30,000 increase, a cumulative $60,000 increase, a cumulative $120,000 increase," she said, "And you start doing the math, if you don't get more revenue, you're at a total zero profit."
In addition, many restaurants, which lose foot traffic if surrounded by empty storefronts, have also been affected by the closure of retail stores. And there's a shortage of labor. People are not allowed to live in San Francisco.
"It's a compounded problem. We not only have growing business costs that translate into reduced hours for them to be able to work, but we also have rising property rent costs, we have rising food costs, we have rising rent costs for our employees to be able to live here," she said. "So it's all multiplied, and it's just creating it unsustainable."
Firefighters battle huge fire in a warehouse in San Francisco
A massive fire broke out in a warehouse in San Francisco on Saturday morning at San Francisco's Pier 45. Fire Department controlled it.
According to the San Francisco Fire Department, the fire started at around 4:15 a.m. At that time, no one was in the Warehouse.
Firefighters responded to the area of Taylor and Jones Street as the fire was first reported as a 1-alarm, but it grows up to become a 4-alarm.
The fire took more than a hundred fire units and 45 fire trucks to get diminished, and among these, one fire truck got damaged.
According to the fire officials, a part of the building collapsed, and the flames of fire reached above 100 feet of height.
One firefighter got an injury in his hand and arm and has immediately taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported from the scene.
Lieutenant Jonathan Baxter said that
the firefighters were able to save the historic SS Jeremiah O'Brien and the museum on the pier.
"The fireboat St. Francis, San Francisco Fireboat 3, was put in the position to protect the historic Jeremiah O'Brien vessel. The St. Francis, per my operations chief, saved the Jeremiah O'Brien vessel," Lt. Jonathan Baxter said.
Long Island’s Bagel Boss is soon starting home delivery
A staple breakfast spot of Long Island people is the Bagel Boss, which is being run by sixth-generation.
Due to pandemics, many of their outlets are closed, and people are unable to reach their bagels. For this, Alex Rosner, the General manager of Bagel Boss, is launching an online platform to deliver bagels to homes across the country.
Bagels after being baked are cooled, packed, and shipped the same morning.
"If you are from Long Island, you know that the bagels just aren't the same anywhere else," said Rosner. "Eating a fresh bagel any place from Long Island, specifically Bagel Boss, brings a smile to your face doesn't matter where you are in the country, and right now, everyone can use a smile."
You can sign in to their website BagelsOfTheMonth.com and order from a variety of flavors from 'Everything' to 'Rainbow.'
Rosner is implementing all the measures to keep the customers safe and provide them with excellent and reliable products.
"We pride ourselves on being able to give back to the community," said Rosner. "One way to do that is just by always be opening and having a place to be able to get food and supplies."
Man accused of shooting a cook in restaurant for telling him to wear a mask in Aurora
Authorities said that a man was arrested for shooting a Waffle House employee because he was asked to wear a mask inside the restaurant by the employee.
Kelvin Watson, 27, was arrested by the Aurora Police on a charge of first-degree on Monday.
According to the arrest affidavit, Watson came after midnight on Thursday in the restaurant, and the waitress asked her to wear a mask to get served. The restaurant was only offering carry-out service.
Then Watson returned with a mask in hands but did not put it on, and when he was again asked to wear the mask, he put a small gun on the counter and told the cook that he could "blow your brains out," said a witness in the affidavit.
The following night, Watson stepped in the restaurant and did not wear a mask again, and when he was again told that he would not be served, then he slapped the cook in the face. Then he shot the cook in the chest or abdomen outside of the restaurant as the cook ran to getaway. The cook was released on Friday afternoon from the hospital.
"We are deeply saddened and regret that this senseless act of violence occurred," Waffle House spokesperson Njeri Boss said.
MARKS WAS DRAWN ON GROUND TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING IN DOLORES PARK, SAN FRANCISCO
A photograph shows social distancing circles drawn on ground at San Francisco's Dolores Park.
Because of the coronavirus disease outbreak this was popular in many parks across the world.
It is a way to enjoy the outdoor activities while still going to practice social distance for visitors who come.
San Francisco registered more than twenty-one hundred reports of coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon, and thirty-seven fatalities.
Virtual travel: “View from My Window” makes you travel the world in quarantine
Barbara Duriau had created a Facebook Page- View from My Window. This virtual platform allows millions of people to treat their eyes by viewing beautiful travel pictures.
Duriau was keen to know about the circumstances and reality across the world. She is a freelance graphic designer from Amsterdam, and in late March, she posted a picture showing the view from her window. When the lockdown started, she realized that everyone is stuck with the same view.
By a month after she created this page, more than two million people joined the page. This page has brought out stories of various people, and people share more than just their view.
Sarah Hill from Arrowbear Lake posted that she finds it interesting to look at pictures posted by others as she has travelled internationally with her husband. In mid-April, she posted a snowy landscape picture. Hill explained she wanted to post this as many would find this unique and would not expect to see in Southern California; she wanted to share her perspective from that little part of the world. Hill said her post got comments from individuals in Michigan right to Austria, and she's not the only one. Each upload receives uncountable comments from individuals everywhere throughout the world, sharing expressions of inspiration and support.
The creator, Duriau, expressed her will to publish a book with the pictures from this Facebook group, and she would donate the earnings for a social cause.