Food & Cooking

Grab a bite at these exciting new restaurants in San Francisco and beyond

Despite the dirge of restaurants closing during the pandemic, plenty of new restaurants are opening and keeping the scene fresh this spring. With this latest batch of restaurants, expect some new takes on classic cuisines, the return of local favorites and the expansion of some beloved restaurants into new territory.

Plenty of customers were saddened when Art’s Cafe announced its closure after 30 years in July 2020. Owners Sarah and Hae Ryong Youn were looking to retire, although it meant that longtime staples of the cafe, such as their crispy hash brown sandwiches, would go with them. The story of

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Retrenched because of Covid-19, ex-hotel workers in Penang provide delicious packed meals at W. Kitchen

W. Kitchen staff prepares lunch boxes for delivery and takeaways. — Picture by Steven Ooi KE

W. Kitchen staff prepares lunch boxes for delivery and takeaways. — Picture by Steven Ooi KE

GEORGE TOWN, March 11 — When The Northam All Suite Hotel closed its doors last June for a massive two-year renovation, most of its employees were laid off.

Wang Chen Yee, 54, who was the general manager, decided to start a small food business and roped in some of the former hotel employees.

“We were retrenched so I was thinking of what to do next and I wanted to do something to help those who are talented but with nowhere to go,” he said.

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Get outside. Here are 25+ of the Triangle’s best outdoor spots to eat and drink.

After a year of literal and emotional hibernation, it feels like the sun is coming up for the first time.

That means it’s patio time in the Triangle.

Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon for the first time, the Triangle is likely in search of a drink.

For this first brush with patio weather and the, hopefully, winding down pandemic, here are some of the Triangle’s best outdoor spaces to for snacks, meals, cocktails and beer.

401 Main

401 E. Main St., Carrboro. 984-999-4357 or

Billed as a dog-friendly dive bar, this spot straddles the thin line between

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Takeout from the Trading Post | On the Table

If you’re looking for a bowl of khao poon noodles, pad thai or even basic Chinese beef and broccoli, Hoopa might not be the first place you look. But Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to around 7 p.m., it’s not unusual to see a line of cars, some from Willow Creek and Orleans, pulling up to the Hoopa Trading Post to pick up those dishes and more from Young’s Kitchen. On an average day, some 60 customers might come through for Thai, Lao, Vietnamese and Chinese food delivered curbside by Nathan Phetsouphanh and his wife Amanda Young Phetsouphanh.

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