Smoke Berkeley hires workers who’ve fallen on hard times

Michael Rachal wipes down a tray at Smoke Berkeley on Wednesday.
SFGate, Friday, February 17, 2017. By Trisha Thadani.

Tears sit on the edge of Tina Ferguson-Riffe’s eyes as she talks about the people her modest barbecue restaurant in west Berkeley has saved.

There’s April Jones, a struggling single mother. And Michael Rachal, a father of five who couldn’t find a job after spending 10 months in jail… Read More