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Oakland’s First Standalone Puerto Rican Restaurant Is Ready to Roll Out the Mofongos

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For nearly three years, La Perla has been one of the great hidden treasures of Oakland’s Dimond District: a bustling, wildly delicious-smelling Puerto Rican takeout spot tucked inside the Two Star Market liquor store on MacArthur Boulevard. Now, the business is ready to take its next step: Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, the father-and-son team behind La Perla, are moving the family business to a new location — just around the block at 3409 Fruitvale Avenue — that’s about four times as big.

It’s likely to be a destination restaurant from day one, simply because of the sheer paucity of Puerto Rican food options in the Bay Area. In the East Bay, in particular, La Perla will be the first full-fledged Puerto Rican restaurant — a standalone spot where customers will be able to feast on arroz con gandules, shrimp mofongos, and slow-roasted pernil.

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Popeyes opens to hungry customers, long lines

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Several years after the restaurant was first rumored to be headed to Turlock, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen opened its doors in the Turlock Town Center this month. 

Popeyes was originally slated to build a drive-thru location on the corner of Countryside Drive and Tuolumne Road in 2018 next to Farmer Boys, but backed out of those plans and instead settled for a location across town. Located in the Turlock Town Center near Jura’s Pizza Parlor, Popeyes began interior improvements to its current building in the spring of 2020 and opened last weekend to a frenzy of excited customers.

Through various social media posts, Popeyes customers have shared on pages like Turlock To Go on Facebook a wait time of over an hour on some days, with the drive-thru line snaking out of the center, onto Canal Drive and over the train tracks. The wait all depends on what time of day you hop in line and how many others had the same idea as you, of course, but General Manager Vanessa Balero said the newly-assembled Popeyes team is doing all they can to keep up with demand.

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New Domino’s Pizza indicative of Turlocker’s success

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Turlock resident Greg DeGrandis recently opened his second Turlock Domino’s Pizza location, further fulfilling a dream that began at age 18 when he first took a job making pizza and answering delivery calls. 

DeGrandis started his journey with Domino’s Pizza as a part-time employee, but it wasn’t until he realized he could one day own and operate a restaurant of his own that he began to look at his job as a potential career choice. When he moved his family to Turlock years later in 2009 to manage the city’s only Domino’s location on Geer Road, he took the first step toward achieving that goal.

In 2011, DeGrandis became the franchisee of Turlock’s first Domino’s restaurant and today owns 12 locations with more on the way. One of his most recent developments is a Domino’s Pizza location on Monte Vista Avenue which opened next to Stanislaus State and Dutch Bros Coffee last month.

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Bob’s Take-N-Bake under new ownership

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When Julie Wiggs made the decision to sell her Ceres pizzeria she had no intention of selling the family name and the secret recipes to Bob’s Take-N-Bake pizzas. But when a family member saw the business for sale on social media, she called her cousin and told her they wanted a piece of the pie.

Cheryl Pometta called Wiggs and mentioned that her daughter was interested in buying the business, which was started in 1983 by Bob and Linda Wiggs -- Julie’s parents and Pometta’s uncle and aunt. Both Pometta and her daughter, Lacey, had worked for Bob’s at one time or another, so they already understood the operation of the business.

“At first I was hesitant to sell the business altogether, but I knew I had to do it,” said Wiggs, a mother of three, a soon-to-be grandmother who is busy running her Bob’s Take-N-Bake shop located in the Roseburg Square in Modesto. “It was just consuming so much of my time and right now I have so much going on in my life. I just know that this is the best decision all around.”

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‘We’re getting destroyed’: San Diego restaurants and bars react to a looming shutdown

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As Mike Georgopoulos was prepping this week to finally open his swanky $10-million steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter, he stared down from his perch on the mezzanine with a mixture of delight — and dread. The floor-to-ceiling wine display and marble bar top were dazzling, and the wait staff, nattily attired in black pants, pressed white shirts, gray vests and green ties, meticulously polished the glassware for the Friday opening.

But why bother opening at all, he wondered.

Just hours earlier, county officials had warned of the looming threat this week of a ban on all indoor dining and drinking, which 19 California counties, including Los Angeles and Orange, have already been ordered to implement for the next three weeks. With an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, San Diego could be next, the county said.

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