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NEW YORK (AP) — Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out long-awaited guidelines aimed at reducing sodium levels in dozens of foods including condiments, cereals, french fries and potato chips.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — As if a cup of coffee wasn't expensive enough, a confluence of factors is driving up farmers' costs to grow the beans and it could begin filtering down to your local cafe before the end of the year.

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Eager to help reduce the city’s mark on climate change, the San Carlos City Council signaled its interests in banning plastic to-go foodware and limiting when a merchant may provide biodegradable utensils. 

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Burlingame diners will have access to outdoor seating for at least another year as city officials deliberate how to make its parklet program beneficial to all merchants, community members and city revenue.

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Millbrae businesses remain cautiously optimistic and continue to operate safely as it follows the county’s indoor mask requirements. They hope for things to remain as normal as possible and for people to continue to come out.

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Some South San Francisco restaurant owners said the ability to have outdoor dining during the pandemic helped, while others said it didn’t or wasn’t able to be used.

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The Belmont City Council supports permanent outdoor dining options on appropriate public sidewalks, private parking lots and streets moving forward, provided regulations are reasonable and city staff addresses concerns about liability.

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The Belmont City Council has expressed interest in looking into long-term outdoor dining options following the success in other Peninsula cities, with staff instructed to gather further information about outdoor dining.

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Striking a compromise between some Laurel Street merchants and restaurants, the San Carlos City Council unanimously supported altering its downtown street closure program, providing additional parking to customers and welcoming back the farmers’ market to the area. 

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Nini’s Coffee Shop in San Mateo is going up for sale, with hopes a new owner will keep the spirit alive at the venerated eatery that has served customers at 1000 N. Idaho St. since 1968.

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Caffe Roma, a family-owned business known for its quality Italian coffee, closed down its Millbrae location that was open for 13 years because the owners couldn’t come to terms with the property owner on their lease.

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SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — When Emily Brown, a Kansas City mother, couldn't find foods that her 2-year-old with multiple food allergies could eat at a local food pantry, she mustered up the courage to ask about gluten-free foods or dairy alternatives.

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Downtown San Mateo has a new Chinese restaurant called Dough Zone Dumpling House, serving affordable comfort food like dumplings and bao to the public.

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Like all Bay Area cities, San Carlos hasn’t been immune to the changes brought on by the ripple effects of the 21st century technology boom. In the city’s quaint downtown corridor on Laurel Street, however, one presence remains constant.

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As federal funds become available for restaurants and other food and beverage service focused businesses, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo held a virtual town hall Thursday to field questions from small business owners eager to propel their shops through the pandemic.

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For more than 100 years through four generations, Takahashi Market in San Mateo has served as a landmark for the Asian community and people from Hawaii, with plans to continue on the family business despite the pandemic.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Cafes across several Gulf Arab states started selling coffee and other cold drinks in baby bottles this month, kicking off a new trend that has elicited excitement, confusion — and backlash.

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MAXWELL, Iowa (AP) — Sudden meat shortages last year because of the coronavirus led to millions of dollars in federal grants to help small meat processors expand so the nation could lessen its reliance on giant slaughterhouses to supply grocery stores and restaurants.

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As restaurants adjust to the pandemic with new business models like home delivery, local wholesale food distributers like Go Kiyoi are following suit, with the San Mateo-based Japanese food company starting online ordering home delivery for goods and ingredients like sushi-grade seafood, aba…

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The Fish Market San Mateo is reopening for outdoor dining Wednesday after two months of in-person dining closures due to state restrictions, which it hopes will ensure the restaurant’s long-term viability during one of its most difficult periods.

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After a busy weekend of outdoor dining, officials and restaurant owners implore residents to remain vigilant against spreading COVID-19 and its even more contagious mutations while shopping local.

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As the San Mateo City Council is poised to extend temporary downtown street closures to help outdoor dining, the city is considering long-term parklet and street closure programs, which many restaurants support.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A raging pandemic, tumultuous presidential election and deadly Capitol insurrection have combined to make the annual tradition of Dry January more moist than air-tight for some.

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As San Mateo continues to deal with COVID-19 restrictions, local restaurants in the city, like Dahlia Mexican Grill, face severe financial loss and permanent closures if fortunes don’t improve.

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Aiming to provide meals to seniors in isolation because of COVID-19, San Mateo County has extended contracts with restaurants participating in the Great Plates program until the end of March, contingent on federal and state approval to continue funding the program. 

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With 2020 coming to an end, wine and spirits purveyors across San Mateo County say many of those looking to ring in the new year have set their eyes on spirits like whiskey and tequila while others have left boxes of Champagne completely off their grocery list. 

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For more than five years, Cuban Kitchen at 3799 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo has developed a local following looking for authentic Cuban food. However, financial uncertainty due to the pandemic has left owner Lynna Martinez looking for more business to keep her restaurant going in 2021.

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, making it the second such animal to get the green light for human consumption. But the company behind it says there are no imminent plans to sell it for meat.

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Parklets will be popping up in front of eateries along Broadway, as officials allowed dining establishments struggling amid the pandemic to establish temporary outdoor areas to serve customers.

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The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation's heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck.