It’s been a long time coming.
The restaurant chain, which launched in 2004 in San Francisco and now has nearly 1,000 restaurants nationwide, has been a thorn in the side of restaurants everywhere.
In 2012, the company was forced to settle with a class-action lawsuit filed by diners who alleged they were wrongfully charged for food and drinks and then had their restaurant shut down.
And after the 2016 election, a California state appellate court ruled that the company must be held liable for discriminating against gay and transgender patrons in restaurants.
Now, the San Jose restaurant group is hoping to get things back on track.
The company announced Wednesday that it will reopen its restaurants in San Diego and San Francisco.
“This will not only benefit our customers, but will help to provide our community with a safe and welcoming environment for the people of San Jose,” Brad Kroll, CEO of the San Diego restaurant group, told Ars.
“We have always been a firm supporter of equal rights for everyone, and this is a tremendous win for our community.”
“We are incredibly excited to reopen our restaurants and bring this amazing culture to San Jose for a long-awaited reunion with our customers and fans,” said Jim Gagnon, president of the Bay Area Restaurants Association, which represents the restaurants.
“The San Jose community has been waiting for this day for over 40 years.
We’re thrilled to welcome the restaurant group back into the fold.”
The restaurant group’s announcement was welcomed by several local business owners and restaurants owners who are hoping that the restaurants will bring back the kind of service they had before the Trump era.
“I’ve been doing this for years and years,” said Jason DeAngelo, owner of The Bay Cafe in San Mateo, which opened in 2007.
“I think the only reason I closed was to open up my business to a lot of new people.”
“You’d think that they would just open up the restaurants and go do the same thing,” added Matt Czarni, owner and manager of the La Feria Restaurant in Oakland.
“But, yeah, they’re a little bit surprised.
We’ve been here for almost 30 years.
It’s like, wow, we’re getting it back.”
Czarnis said that his restaurant will continue to serve food and drink to all customers.
“People come in, and they want to eat, and the restaurant’s happy, and everyone’s happy,” he said.
“If they don’t want to sit, they go to a different table, so it’s all good.”
The new restaurants will open as soon as the San Mateos reopen.
They will have their own signage, and staff will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kroll said that the group is still finalizing details on the restaurants’ menu and menu items, and that the new restaurants won’t have “food truck” elements like the San Francisco restaurants do.
But the new locations will have more food options than San Francisco, he said, and he is confident that they will be welcoming and welcoming.
“We’ve had people come in from all over the world,” he added.
“They just wanted to get in line.
I’m confident we can do it.
They can come in here and we can serve the food and the drinks and they’ll be happy.
They’ll come back here and have a great experience.
They don’t have to worry about being offended.
We can have their beer and wine.
We’ll have their food, we’ll have everything.
We know what the menu is going to be.”