When Oakland passed its interim mobile food vending policy a year ago, allowing food trucks to hawk their wares legally outside of the Fruitvale for the first time, the people rejoiced — many of them happy, in particular, to finally get some decent lunch options near downtown workplaces, at least a couple days a week. But what everyone really wanted to know was: When was Off the Grid — the granddaddy of all food truck parties, at least here in the Bay Area — coming to Oakland?
Finally, we have an answer: On Friday, January 25 — and every Friday after that — from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Off the Grid will pop up outside the Oakland Museum of California. The weekly event will feature a lineup of ten mobile food vendors (with room to expand to as many as twelve), all parked on a single block of 10th Street, between Oak and Fallon, which will be closed off to traffic.
Over at East Bay Beer, Jen Muehlbauer has a great roundup of all the East Bay's upcoming beery developments; you should read the whole thing, but for the lazy, highlights include new breweries in both Alameda and Berkeley, as well as no fewer than nine (nine!) beer-centric businesses slated to open in Oakland in the coming months. Here's to a burpy and buzzed 2013, y'all.
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.
1) Eater SF has a brief update on downtown Oakland’s Tribune Tavern (409 13th St.), the much-buzzed-about collaboration between Chop Bar co-owner Chris Pastena and Grand Tavern’s Temoor Noor: A website has been unveiled, as has the restaurant’s logo and overall brand identity (designed by Oaklandish). Located on the first floor of the Tribune Building, the restaurant — sure to be a popular business lunch spot — is slated to open by the end of March.