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Blue Bottle, Oakland.
Blue Bottle, Oakland.
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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Here's Blue Bottle CEO James Freeman on expansion, collaboration, and the recent $25.75 million the company raised in funding. On possibly opening in Japan: "I think there are a lot interesting opportunities there, especially in Tokyo ... If we do open in Japan, I don't want it to be a joint venture. I want to spend our own money and use our own gear and employees." [GS]