Nice job, Chronicle Bargain Bites. As Eater SF so eloquently puts it: "The Chronicle Inadvertently Ruins BYOB For Everyone." It seems by revealing that Afghan restaurant De Afghanan Kabob House has (rather had) a BYOB policy in a review last week, the paper alerted the Alcohol Beverage Control to the illegal practice. They then emailed reviewer Tara Duggan to let her know that they're watching. Thankfully Michael Bauer posted the email in his Between Meals Blog:
"A licensing representative at California Department for Alcoholic Beverage Control wasted no time in e-mailing Tara: "This is just a courtesy notification having to do with the restaurant located at 1303 Polk St. At the end of your excellent review yesterday, you mentioned that the establishment did not serve alcohol, but allows guests to bring their own. This is illegal ... At the present time, we do not intend to file against the restaurant, but will assign undercover officers to drop by periodically to make sure that the practice has ended."
Note the sinister use of the word "excellent," as in: "don't fuck with us."
(via Eater SF)
-- Brian Bernbaum