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.
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.
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.
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.
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.