Local Kitchens Partners with Three New Leading San Francisco Bay Area Concepts

Tacolicious, Lazy Susan, and The Chairman Join the Diverse Offerings at Micro Food Hall
Local Kitchens Partners with Three New Leading San Francisco Bay Area Concepts
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Local Kitchens has introduced three exciting additions to its offerings by welcoming The Chairman, Tacolicious and Lazy Susan as its newest concepts across various Local Kitchens locations. The Chairman has joined the Cupertino and Palo Alto locations; Tacolicious has joined in Mountain View and Cupertino, and Lazy Susan has joined in Palo Alto. These newest additions further diversify the cuisine options available under one roof at each Local Kitchens location where guests can mix and match dishes from all menus into a single order for pickup, dine-in, or delivery.

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What started in 2009 with humble beginnings, Tacolicious’ authenticity and fresh ingredients has made the trendy Bay Area concept a go-to for guests seeking a variety of innovative tacos such as the fan-favorite vampiro with griddled pepper jack, carne asada and roasted-tomato salsa. At Local Kitchens, the Tacolicious menu will include fan favorites such as chicken tinga tacos, the famous Marina Girl salad, and freshly made guacamole.

“Tacolicious has been a distinctly Bay Area brand since we started as a stand at San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and now the chance to join other local favorites at Local Kitchens is an amazing opportunity to expand our roots across the Bay” said Joe Hargrave, Founder and CEO of Tacolicious in a statement.

Lazy Susan is named after the archetypal lazy susan turntable, which found its first use in restaurants in Palo Alto and San Francisco in the 1970s. Aspiring to be the premium Chinese take-out concept, Lazy Susan’s menu features cook-to-order classics such as Orange Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, and Chow Mein, available both as family-style entrees as well as a combo-style ‘Lazy Plate’.

Hanson Li, co-founder of Lazy Susan, added in a statement “Our goal is to uplift the humble and often disregarded Chinese favorites like orange chicken and chow mein. We aim to bring a new level of convenience and quality to diners across the Bay Area and beyond, and we’re excited to partner with this innovative, local-first micro food hall to help us do it!”

The Chairman serves up Asian fusion cuisine, specializing in baked and steamed buns, and protein rice bowls, inspired by the bold, spicy and savory street food of Asia. The Chairman menu at Local Kitchens Cupertino and Palo Alto features steamed and baked buns with savory fillings such as Coca-Cola Braised Pork and Karaage Chicken and topped with fresh slaws.

“We love the community we’ve built with our San Francisco fans, and we listened when they said they wanted to access our authentic Asian street food beyond the city limits – Local Kitchens felt like the perfect fit to help us expand,” said Josh Tang, Co-Founder and CEO of The Chairman.

CEO Jon Goldsmith founded Local Kitchens with COO Andrew Munday (his former DoorDash colleague) and CTO Jordan Bramble. Goldsmith and Munday saw the impact that the pandemic had on local restaurants first hand at DoorDash and wanted to use the experience they had gained to help restaurants survive and thrive during an unprecedented time and into the future. When opening their first location in Lafayette, the ‘a-ha’ moment for the team and what was the main traffic driver for guests was the value of mixing and matching from different restaurants. Local Kitchens doubled down and expanded that idea, bringing in different popular restaurant brands to each location. Local Kitchens aims to reflect the diversity of its location and the people within its communities through its curation of its restaurant brand partners. Each location features 5-10 regional concepts and offers easy online and mobile ordering, paired with fast and friendly service, making it a great option for guests on the go, or looking to order ahead. Local Kitchens currently operates six locations in the Bay Area: Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, Lafayette, San Jose, Los Gatos and a location in Roseville, CA.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Tacolicious, Lazy Susan, and The Chairman to further our mission to help local restaurants expand while further diversifying the incredible food options available to our guests.” said Jon Goldsmith, CEO and Co-founder of Local Kitchens. “It is a privilege to work with some of the best food entrepreneurs and brands in the SF Bay Area.”

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Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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