Owners of century-old Alameda Diner restaurant spent $ 400,000 of their own money to avoid layoffs

Ole’s Waffle Shop, an Alameda institution almost 100 years old, has not fired anyone since the start of the pandemic

Today in heartbreaking / heartwarming news related to coronavirus: owners of Olé, the classic Alamada restaurant, would have spent $ 400,000 of their own money – sell their retirement home in the process – in order to retain all of their 41 employees throughout the pandemic, the Bay Area News Group reports.

The COVID-19 shutdown has been particularly difficult for small family farms like Ole’s – just last week saw the closure of long-standing institutions in San Francisco like Arts Cafe and Louis’, for example. But despite losing 85% of their income and exhausting their federal stimulus loan in two months, Ole owners Ken and Vickie Moniz, who also run an affiliated restaurant, Wine & Waffles, next door – tell BANG they couldn’t bear to put one of their employees on leave or fired. Instead, they sold the land in San Rafael that they had planned to retire in next year and dipped into their personal savings.

“I can’t ask them to go and sit here and say we’re going to save our money and take care of ourselves because we haven’t built this business on our own,” said Ken Moniz. KRON-4.

Restaurant is currently open for take out and alfresco dining.

And in other news …

  • Apple Bistro – a restaurant in Placerville, Calif., East of Sacramento – is facing backlash for allegedly denying service to customers who wore face masks. At the very least, the restaurant appears to have posted a sign that “oxygen deprivation masks” are “not needed here.” Faced with a possible loss of license, Restaurant deny now that he ever had a no-mask policy. [CBS13]
  • After reopening for just over a month of take-out service, the 157-year-old Cliff House restaurant is once again shutting things down, effective yesterday, July 20 – at least until a some form of catering service is permitted. in San Francisco. “Due to the economic pressure during this unprecedented situation, we have concluded that it would be best to preserve our remaining resources to ensure the continuation of future operations,” wrote owners Dan and Mary Hountalas in a Facebook post announcing the new. [KRON4]
  • The long awaited and delayed return of Cafe Tosca continues quickly: After ending a short-lived takeout operation, its owners – Anna Weinberg (Marlowe, etc.), chef Nancy Oakes (Boulevard) and designer Ken Fulk – have launched a new pop iteration -up of the restaurant outside the St. Joseph Arts Society (an old cathedral that Fulk redesigned) in SoMa. This is take reservations for family-style outdoor Italian dinners three evenings a week. [SFC]
  • Current and former Whole Foods employees, including at least one who worked at a store in Berkeley, have filed a lawsuit claiming the company’s policy against workers wearing Black Lives Matter masks and clothing violates rights civilians. [Berkeleyside]
  • Once met great resistance, food delivery robots continue to experience a coronavirus-driven renaissance as customers embrace various forms of contactless delivery. Latest News: Kiwibot, one of the largest delivery robot companies, has now expanded to San Jose. [SF Gate]
  • The 33-year-old Hobee’s location in Cupertino, a local chain known for its blueberry coffee cake, called on him to quit, in part due to losses from the coronavirus. [BANG]
  • SF Gate reports that some ice cream trucks and shaved ice trucks are pivoting to door-to-door delivery during the pandemic: “Parents are [calling us] like surprises for the kids, and it’s great to stop in a house and see the kids running around outside, ”says a shaved ice vendor. [SF Gate]
  • Berkeleyside has a nice profile of Nuttin ‘Butter Cookies, an artisan catering company that currently sells an assortment of nut butter cookies – including a Jif-based family recipe for peanut butter cookies that dates back 170 years – ahead. the owner’s house in Berkeley. [Berkeleyside]

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