Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rolling Soon Into Temescal: Arbor, a Bicycle Cafe

by John Birdsall
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Looks like the Temescal café formerly known as SadieDey’s is ready for its next chapter.

WTF ducked into the space at 4210 Telegraph today to find new owner Christopher Marquez working on its transformation into Arbor, a bicycle-friendly café not unlike Actual, Sal Bednarz's bike refuge from San Pablo Avenue's car cluster. Marquez is a first-time business owner who plans to keep his regular gig as manager of San Francisco’s DNA Lounge. Plans to.

Christopher Marquez.

But Marquez lives in Oakland, and says he wants Arbor to be a family-friendly hangout, even after he gets the beer and wine license he’s applied for. He’s thinking a selection of local beers (he likes the offerings at CommonWealth, for instance). Also, aperitifs like Lillet.

As for coffee, Marquez is still scoping — he’ll be talking soon with the guys from Bicycle Coffee. They'd be a perfect fit, considering Arbor’s emphasis on bikes, an emphasis defined by an Actual-like wall rack for your fixie, plus monthly bike-repair clinics for figuring out how to keep it rolling.

And food? That’s still developing. Pastries and flatbreads, Marquez said, but also some unexpected stuff. “We’ll have raclette nights, and borscht — I’m a real borscht guy,” Marquez said. If it were up to him, it’d all be vegetarian, but Marquez said he’s gotten flak from friends. Ergo, flesh.

Look for an opening in mid-September, with daily hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Later closing once Marquez can pour beer and wine.

Get in touch at John.Birdsall@EastBayExpress.com, and follow me on Twitter @John_Birdsall.

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