San Francisco District Attorney Cheesa Bowden accused a Southern California law firm of targeting small businesses — including immigrant-owned restaurants in Chinatown — with “abusive” lawsuits in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Supreme Court on Monday. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has joined the lawsuit, accusing San Diego-based Potter Handy Inc. of flooding the court system with thousands of disability rights lawsuits, many of them fraudulent. San Francisco Chronicle reports. For example, file Chronicle He spoke to the owner of the Hon’s Wun-Tun House Hotel in Chinatown, who was accused by Potter Handy of serving food at tables too low for wheelchair users, during a time when the restaurant was serving only fast food due to the pandemic.
In the lawsuit, Bowden and Gascon asked the judge to prevent Potter Handy from filing further lawsuits and compel the company to repay money earned from the practice, which prosecutors value in the millions of dollars. In response to the allegations, a spokesperson for Potter Handy told Chronicle The lawsuit is politically motivated because both Bowden and Gascon face an uncertain political future. An election to impeach Boden will be held on June 7. A campaign to force the impeachment of Gascon is also underway.
Bar North Bay is facing increasing allegations of drug addiction
About a week after a woman made allegations of drugging at Healdsburg bar Duke’s Spirited Cocktails, local police say they have now received at least nine additional reports of similar cases since October of this year. The Chronicle I spoke to several women who said their drinks spiked at the bar, causing symptoms including vomiting, memory loss, and loss of muscle control. Police say there have been no reports of alleged sexual misconduct related to the alleged drug. There are also no suspects or tangible evidence to prove that there were frequent incidents of toothy drinks in the pub.
The Stork Club is back in Auckland and it’s dirtier than ever
Berkeleyside reports that three pub gurus and music industry vets have taken over the former Stork Club space with plans to open an entirely new bar called…Thee Stork Club. They got a very specific and at once somewhat confusing view of the space, calling it “granny’s brothel,” “part primal fern bar,” part “70s dive bar,” and promised that it would be partly inspired by the famous Madonna Inn. On the menu, we’re looking forward to a “trash can” cocktail—the kind that gives customers a “heavy sugary hangover.”
Dunkin’ debuts right across the street from a mom-and-pop donut shop
Family owned and operated Baker’s Donuts has been serving breakfast in Sacramento for nearly four decades and is now preparing for some serious competition, bee reports. The Dunkin’ franchise is set to open right across the street.
A former French Laundry Executive Sous Chef plans to create a restaurant for the first time
Elliot Bell, a volunteer firefighter who worked with star chef Thomas Keeler as executive chef at the French Laundry for nearly a decade, plans to open his first restaurant in the former Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen space later this year, North Bay Business Journal reports. It will be a casual family restaurant called Charles, after the chef’s son.