by Jesse Hirsch
Today SFist broke the news on a bombshell from the raw-vegan behemoth (and alleged cult) Cafe Gratitude — namely, that all seven Northern California locations and San Francisco Mexican outpost Gracias Madre will be closing soon. On her Facebook page, owner Terces Engelhart cites the chain's recent legal troubles — stemming from alleged labor-code violations — as the root cause of the closure.
Engelhart says she wants their last few months in business to "celebrate 8 years of success" but it's hard to imagine a festive environment, especially as Laura Beck of Vegansaurus reports that many employees learned of the closure via SFist (classy).
Meanwhile, Stephen Sommers, an attorney in one of the Cafe Gratitude lawsuits, smells something fishy. He tells Inside Scoop SF there must be other issues at play, as the financial scope of the lawsuits is too insignificant to warrant an across-the board closure.
Stay tuned for further developments.
Comments? Tips? Get in touch at Jesse.Hirsch@EastBayExpress.com.