by Anneli Rufus
It's good news in a bad economy: Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., kids aged twelve and under can eat for free at any Pasta Pomodoro restaurant, including the East Bay establishments in Oakland, Emeryville, Union City, El Cerrito, and Pleasant Hill. Pasta Pomodoro's children's menu features penne, spaghetti, and ravioli with a choice of sauces and optional meatballs, plus a chocolate sundae with all orders. Deal!
It's one of many new changes at the fifteen-year-old San Francisco-based company. In January, Pasta Pomodoro, Inc. was acquired by Bay Area entrepreneurs and Northern California natives Matthew Janopaul and Girish Satya. New CEO Janopaul was previously president and COO of Fender Musical Instruments — of Stratocaster and Telecaster fame. He left Fender in 2008, and was previously a general partner with the $3.3 billion San Francisco-based global venture-capital firm Weston Presidio. New CFO Satya spent the majority of his career in the field of corporate turnarounds.
"The proteins on the menu are from Niman Ranch [and] our focaccia is baked every day in our restaurants [and] the herbs we use are fresh and are not IQF or dried," Janopaul said in an interview with chain-restaurant trade journal Chain Leader.
Hear that, preteens? It's lunchtime. — Anneli Rufus