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Tech sector thrives at expense of Silicon Valley restaurant scene

Restaurateurs say that staying afloat is a daily battle with rising rents, high local fees and acute labour shortages

"We're competing more for staff than we are for guests at this point," said Craig Stoll, chef and co-owner with his wife, Annie Stoll, of Delfina. They have not been able to fully staff their Silicon Valley locations since they opened about two years ago.

Palo Alto, California

IT was not so long ago that the aroma of Moroccan spiced prawns and wood-oven pizzas wafted out to a downtown street here from the open-air patio of a once popular eatery called Zibibbo.

Today, that patio is behind locked doors, obscured by frosted glass. The