Coming, going and growing: We weren't lying when we told you that Oaklland's becoming a bona fide bar town: this week brings happy news of not one, not two, but threenew spots set to open soon, all within the space of a few blocks in Uptown Oakland.
First, a Brooklyn-based management company has signed a lease on the space at 1741 Telegraph, across the street from the Fox Theater. According to Grub Street, the as-yet-unnamed business is set to open in the summer and will have a snack menu. Second, about a block down Telegraph, look for Bar Dogwood, which is being run by former House of Shields owner Alexeis Filipello and which will serve charcuterie-style snacks in addition to beer, wine, and cocktails. And third, Flora is expanding, with a 2,000-square-foot bar space adjacent to the restaurant.
It's hard to believe that Berkeley didn't have its own wine festival until last year, but it's true — and (better late than never) the second annual Berkeley Wine Festival, a three-month extravaganza celebrating the wines of France, Italy, and California, starts this Friday at the Claremont Hotel, Club, & Spa.
Slow week! Chick-Fil-A may be coming to Walnut Creek, Beckett's is (finally) closed, Beer Week's going strong, and the East Bay may have a shot at the James Beard awards.
This week: Tough times for both Telegraph Avenue and East Bay chefs' self-esteem, but at least we can drown our sorrows in German beer.
Belly up to the Kitchen Sink, in which we dish out news, miscellany, and various other tasty morsels (plus a whole lot of food puns, obvs) from the wild n'crazy world of East Bay food. This week: Eat Real's expanding; Homeroom and Rudy's are opening; Jon's Street Eats is closing next week and Beckett's is closing...eventually; and Souley Vegan's getting liquored up. Plus: the rest of universe finally discovers how good Bakesale Betty's sandwiches are.