Gloves are off; No La Hacienda on Broadway; Crepes on Sonoma Plaza; Little Switzerland update;

Much to the delight of restaurant workers and owners, the California State Senate repealed a controversial law that would have required chefs, cooks and even bartenders putting olives on toothpicks to wear latex gloves.

The original bill, by Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan, was rejected in the Senate 32-0, according to the San Francisco Business Times. Apparently Pan was willing to go along with the rejection when he heard and felt the outrage from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and its members.

Some chefs and home cooks believe that their personal touch, which includes natural oils that come from their hands, improve the food they produce.


La Hacienda Taqueria, super popular Mexican restaurant in Boyes Hot Springs, will not be opening a restaurant at 522 Broadway after all.

Co-owner Juan Sahagun seemed optimistic, and said he was ordering the same brightly colored furniture from Mexico as decorates his cheerfully renovated restaurant here, but apparently negotiations broke down. And this after he and his family had posted their ABC liquor license in the window at 522 Broadway, and many members of the community had looked forward to their offerings.

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