The Summer of My Discontent: June 2020 by any Other Name
Some days stick out like a bruised thumb in spite of being otherwise ordinary. Although come to think of it that particular day was too damn hot even for late June in Sacramento.Read full story
Restaurant Delivery Fees BITE: And the thinnest slice can’t save the Whole Pie, anyway.
The hospitality industry—restaurants in general and the independent, small business, family-owned and operated ones specifically—are free-falling. After a tumultuous year of lockdowns, on and off shutdowns, retro-fits; including but not limited to outdoor solutions requiring not just tables and chairs, but heaters and tents in some if not most climes—better bootstrap-up food industry-warriors—you’ve got to ‘Pay to Play “Doordash’.Read full story
"Hospitality" Cannot Live On Carry-Out, Curb-Side, or Take-Out Alone
And restaurants deserve to serve while the sun still shines. Sacramento restaurateurs and small business advocates’ collective exhale was audible but public grievance even louder.Read full story
The Tide Rose And With It Tidings of Great Joy: So What’s Next on California Restaurant-Owner's Ever-Spinning Plates?
The email landed within mere minutes of the Sacramento Board of Director’s County’s decisive and dramatic vote… to shelve the fines. Supervisor Sue Frost was the first to let restaurant owners, advocates, and constituents know the coming winter may be cold but it won’t have to be cold and cruel.Read full story
How Do You Like Your Holiday Shutdowns: With A Free Side of Hefty Fines?
It’s a cruel, cruel winter, in sunny California. As of Thursday, ICU capacity for the greater Sacramento region was 22.2% according to state data. It’s all a matter of horrifying numbers going ‘forward’, as a city, a state, and a country’s collective grief grow exponentially from the toll COVID takes on us all.Read full story
Nana’s Got a Dead Bird In Her Freezer And Other Unprecedented Discoveries During the Summer of Covid-19
The days of 101-Ways to escape Triple-Digits are officially over. As if to prove my point, my one and only grandson, Johnny James, was like so over it. “Nana, I’m hungry,” Johnny announced from the couch.Read full story
Can California Restaurants Make It Over The COVID Finish Line: 2020, A High-Stakes Marathon
They’re whip-sawed. They’re flailing. They’re desperate. And the odds of surviving another eminent lockdown grow slim to none with each passing holiday. Restaurant owners and the people their once wide economic nets cast and supported have nothing to celebrate in 2020.Read full story
Don’t Bogart That Medium-Sized, Short-Term 10K Warehouse Lease, My Friend: PASS IT OVER TO ME
“Legal Marijuana Causes Warehouse Rent to Skyrocket in Sacramento — 4 or 5 times Normal”. Sacramento Bee [Sacramento, California] October 17, 2017. Exactly one year and one day from that pronouncement Rodan crashed with one wing on fire straight the fuck into my business — or more likely someone homeless trying not to freeze to death, take your pick.Read full story
October 2018: All Fried Up With Nowhere To Go: My Stuff, My State, and now My Life. On Fire.
I was at least three city blocks from my destination and I could see the billowy plumes of smoke rising ominously in the distance. Three years of hauling way too many loads of antiquated relics to and from my stores — to and from The Warehouse and then back again, unless I was delivering.Read full story
Winter is Here: Holiday Shutdowns Leave Sacramento Valley Restaurant Owners In The Cold And On The Brink
The Farm-to-Fork dinner on Sacramento’s Tower Bridge, 2013. (Photo: Jeremy Sykes for SacTown Magazine) After a devastating year that began with a statewide lockdown in March, Sacramento’s food and beverage industry have been forced to react and respond to yet another seismic shift on the Valley’s nationally acclaimed Farm to Fork landscape.Read full story
Fortuitous or fated? CRA Takes LA County To Court As both sides Buckle-Up for a bumpy ride.
When Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor, Janice Hahn, representing LA County’s 4th District, quoted Betty Davis of Sunset Boulevard infamy warned attendees to Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride, her attempt to season the meeting with levity may have fallen flat based on public comments during Tuesday’s live forum.Read full story