Ex-Uber CEO Plans to Open CloudKitchens Food Hall in Downtown San Jose

Will Kreznick

Welcome to p.m. Intel, your bite-sized roundup of Bay Area food and restaurant news. Tips are always welcome, drop them here.

  • Downtown San Jose is getting a sizable food-focused project from Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick, according to reporting from the Mercury News. In 2018, a real estate venture controlled by Kalanick purchased a historical property known as the Odd Fellows Building with plans to open a CloudKitchens site in the space. Now, details have expanded to include a food hall on the first floor of the building, which will add a public dining element to
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Texas fast-food chain paying teenagers $50,000 salaries to manage restaurants | Business

Will Kreznick

A Texas fast-food chain is shelling out $50,000 salaries for teenagers and those in their early 20s to manage its restaurants as executives struggle to find qualified workers amid a nationwide labor shortage.

Garrett Reed, CEO of Layne’s Chicken Fingers, said a downturn in the labor market stymied his company’s growth and forced him to dish out large salaries for workers who would make about $12 hourly in entry-level roles after promoting them to managerial positions.

“The biggest challenge for small companies to grow right now is your labor force,” he said. “We’d be growing at twice the rate

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How to Buy Wine the Right Way in 2021

Will Kreznick

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In the online I-want-it-now world, you can get almost anything you want any time you want. Push a button, fill out a form, and there at your door are dish towels and diamonds (4.1 carats, $75,960, yours on Amazon), cat food and caviar and chopsticks (why not LED light-saber ones, while you’re at it?). I needed some touch-up paint for my car not long ago: It came to me second-day from Russia. Feeling

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After pandemic pivot, ‘Quebracho Empanadas’ finds home in the frozen food aisle

Will Kreznick

Missing her family in Argentina, Belén Rodríguez started making empanadas that can now be found in Minnesota grocery stores.

ST PAUL, Minnesota — There are some traditions passed down, generation to generation. For Belén Rodríguez, it became the heart of her business.

Rodríguez was born and raised in Rosario — one of the largest cities in Argentina. She grew up cooking with her family, especially with her grandma “Iaia.” 

In 2006, she met her husband Rob Cone in Colorado; the couple moved to Minneapolis in 2012. 

“I started cooking here because I missed my family a lot,” Rodríguez recalled. 

While

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The #1 Healthiest Order at McDonald’s, According to a Nutritionist

Will Kreznick

Who doesn’t love a McDonald’s burger and fries after a long night out, or an Egg McMuffin with hash browns to start the day? Plus, the chain is convenient and affordable, and, we can’t deny it, super tasty. So, it’s pretty hard to resist that craving for chicken nuggets, fries, milkshakes, ice cream, burgers, and more. Unfortunately, most of the items you’ll find on their menu are the definition of “junk” food—large portion sizes packing higher-than-necessary amounts of calories and fat.

But you can actually concoct a healthy order for a balanced meal that won’t wreck your diet, and that

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