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Pop-Ups, Acme Rolls and Paneer Burritos: The New Indian

Remember The Chai Cart? It was only two years ago that self-described "corporate slave" Paawan Kothari decided to quit her job in the high-tech world and follow her passion. She started selling authentic Indian chai from a bicycle trailer, peddling around the Mission and SoMa with her freshly brewed drinks until the bike was stolen from her garage last summer, and her street biz, sadly, came to an abrupt halt.

Kothari deserves mention as one of the first to the Indian street vendor game. As she considers getting back into it —you can still buy her freshly made products at Rainbow Grocery, Whole Foods and Bi-Rite—Indian food options are quickly sprouting up all over the city. 

The Eater Wrap: Gatekeepers, Black Saturday and Yelp Under the Microscope

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including and a little something dubbed Black Saturday.

1) What's it like being a GM at one of the busiest restaurants in the Mission? Just ask Bar Tartine's Xelina Leyba, today's subject of a little feature Eater likes to call The Gatekeepers.

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