Love Them, Love Them Not: Chains in the Bay

Amsterdam-born chain Maoz Vegetarian now has an outlet in Berkeley, where chocolatetartguy says the vegetable bar steals the show—he loaded up on beets, roasted red peppers, and roasted cauliflower with his Junior Maoz falafel wrap.

And what will San Francisco export to pay Amsterdam back for the gift of reasonably priced falafel? In another thread, hounds guessed at which Bay-born restaurants with more than two locations might move beyond our shores and into the world of chain restaurants.

The thread had an ominous calf-to-slaughter feel—who wants to see the quality and peculiar charm of a favorite spot diminish at the hands of investors?—but a few suggestions emerged. Ruth Lafler thought the Plant Cafe Organic could be a hit; Scott M suggested Out the Door.

Some worried about the fate of Tony's Pizza Napoletana after Tony's next shop opens in the West Village of New York City. Until then, we can rest easy knowing that we have the world-champion pizza maker all to ourselves.

Maoz Vegetarian [East Bay]
2395 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
510-356-4090

The Plant Cafe Organic [Marina]
3352 Steiner Street, San Francisco
415-931-2777

The Plant Cafe Organic [Embarcadero]
Pier 3, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
415-984-1973

The Plant Cafe Organic [Financial District]
101 California Street, San Francisco
415-693-9730

Out the Door [Union Square]
In Westfield Centre, 845 Market Street, San Francisco
415-541-9913

Out the Door [Embarcadero]
1 Ferry Building, #5, San Francisco
415-321-3740

Out the Door [Pacific Heights]
2232 Bush Street, San Francisco
415-923-9575

Tony's Pizza Napoletana [North Beach]
1570 Stockton Street, San Francisco
415-835-9888

Discuss: Maoz Vegetarian (chain from Amsterdam) now in Berkeley
Restaurants with 2+ locations that might be the next chain.

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