Monday, August 8, 2011

Old Oakland Update: Baia Is Out, PieTisserie Is In

by John Birdsall
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Following the shuttering of Levende East (for, um, maintenance work, a sign on the door says), there’s more bad news for Old Oakland. Baia Food + Wine — chef Edward Higgins’ modern Italian concept planning to move into 465 Ninth Street this fall — has pulled out, according to Cornish and Carey broker Stephen Rusher.

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Celebrating Chez Panisse's 40th? Here's What You Can Afford

by John Birdsall
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Nobody does big and sprawling like Alice Waters. In 2008, Waters set in motion Slow Food Nation, which lurched to life like a complex, multigeared machine with a score of moving arms.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

SR24 Is Eighty-Six

by John Birdsall
Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

North Oakland’s Temescal Triangle strip mall swallowed another restaurant last week, when SR24 — the American comfort food place that opened in early 2010 — closed its doors for good.

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First Taste of B-Dama, New Izakaya on Piedmont Ave.

by John Birdsall
Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Owners of Geta, the kiosk-size sushi bar just off Piedmont Ave., opened the doors to their izakaya last last month. B-Dama is in the old Messob Ethopian space at 4301A Piedmont Avenue, in the block anchored by Adesso.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

The Emeryville Public Market Wants to Be Cool

by John Birdsall
Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM

In case you haven’t made a run for chow mein lately, the Emeryville Public Market is in the midst of a makeover that could actually end up making the food court cool while retaining longtime food vendors who, well, aren’t.

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