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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mid-Week Menu: Brazilian Comfort Food, Filipino Groceries, and Even More Ramen

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Feijoada, with all the proper accoutrements. - PAULISTA (VIA FACEBOOK).
  • Paulista (via Facebook).
  • Feijoada, with all the proper accoutrements.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) The East Bay isn’t known for its Brazilian restaurants — and most of the ones we do have are all-you-can-eat steakhouses, which, obviously, aren’t the kind of place you can eat at every day. Berkeyside Nosh reports that two Oakland residents are planning to fill that void with by opening Paulista (4239 Park Ave.) in the former Rumbo al Sur space in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood. Owners Alex Yamamoto and Jesse Madway plan to serve homestyle comfort food — things like feijoada, the classic bean-and-sausage stew. The idea is for it to be a family-friendly place that will be open all day, with an emphasis on local craft beer. Look for a July 1 opening.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Burmese Resurrection: Grocery Cafe Will Get a Second Life in Jack London Square

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The future site of the new Grocery Cafe. - WILLIAM LUE
  • William Lue
  • The future site of the new Grocery Cafe.

Nearly every week, some Bay Area restaurant ends not with a bang but a whimper — or, in the case of the well-loved East Oakland Burmese spot Grocery Cafe, a single all-caps Facebook status posted in early January: “DEAR ALL WE ARE CLOSED INDEFINITELY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.”

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mid-Week Menu: The Wolf Is Open, Encuentro Is Closed, and Cholita Linda Is Coming to Alameda

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 3:57 PM

The old patio at Bay Wolf is alive and well. - BAY WOLF (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Bay Wolf (via Facebook)
  • The old patio at Bay Wolf is alive and well.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Fans of Bay Wolf and Wood Tavern — one of Bay Wolf’s spiritual descendents — have been waiting with bated breath since the news dropped that Rich and Rebekah Wood were taking over the space formerly occupied by the iconic Cal-cuisine restaurant. The wait is finally over: The Wolf (3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) opens today, February 8, Berkeleyside Nosh reports.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 12:12 PM

NELLIE'S SOULFOOD (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Nellie's Soulfood (via Facebook)

Just in time for the holidays, a bit of happy news: As previously reported, Nellie Ozen, the proprietor of Nellie's Soulfood, has been working to reopen the 50-year-old West Oakland institution ever since it shuttered earlier this year. Now, Ozen has set Tuesday, December 27, as her tentative reopening date. She's leasing the kitchen at the sports bar JK's Brickhouse (360 Adeline St., Oakland), located just around the corner from the old Nellie's spot, and will operate the restaurant as a permanent pop-up, essentially.

See also:
After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Cafe Rouge and Grand Bakery Are Closing, and Starline Launches a Tea Parlour

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Cafe Rouge's meat market was an underrated gem. - CAFE ROUGE (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Cafe Rouge (via Facebook)
  • Cafe Rouge's meat market was an underrated gem.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) The East Bay is losing another legacy restaurant: Berkeley’s Cafe Rouge (1782 Fourth St.) — which just recently celebrated its 20th anniversary — announced that its last day of business will be December 30, Inside Scoop reports. The restaurant/butcher shop was an early pioneer in the hybrid model that places like Clove and Hoof have since adopted. Owner Marsha McBride attributed the decision to ongoing staffing shortages and said the new business that’s taking over the space — stay tuned for details — won’t be keeping the butcher shop component in place. I’ll miss their dry-aged steaks and their ground beef, which made for some mighty fine burgers.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Grocery Cafe Hopes to Reopen After Health Department Shutdown

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Grocery Cafe's vaunted tea leaf salad. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson/File photo
  • Grocery Cafe's vaunted tea leaf salad.

You wouldn’t guess it based on outward appearances, but Grocery Cafe (2248 10th Ave.) is one of Oakland’s most singular restaurants, slinging the city’s best tea leaf salad and fried samusas out of its funky, unassuming storefront tucked inside an East Oakland residential neighborhood. In the nearly two years since it opened, the Burmese restaurant parlayed its budding local acclaim into some degree of national prominence — most notably, a shout-out in a Bon Appétit feature about Oakland.

See also:
This Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant Is Doing What No Other Restaurant in Oakland Is

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Ozumo, Curry Corner, and Taste of Africa Close

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 1:56 PM

The "Championship Roll." - OZUMO OAKLAND (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Ozumo Oakland (via Facebook)
  • The "Championship Roll."

1) Big news in Uptown Oakland: Ozumo Oakland (2251 Broadway), perhaps the city’s quintessential power lunch spot, closed last week after eight years of business, Inside Scoop reports. Along with neighboring Pican, the ritzy sushi restaurant was one of the first ambitious upscale dining establishments to set up shop in Uptown — a precursor to the neighborhood’s current restaurant boom. Ozumo’s San Francisco location remains open. No word yet on who will take over the gigantic (8,000-square-foot) Uptown space.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Super Duper Is Coming to the East Bay; Berkeley Social Club and Fort Green Arrive

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Coming to Berkeley. - SUPER DUPER BURGERS
  • Super Duper Burgers
  • Coming to Berkeley.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Smart Alec’s Intelligent Food (2355 Telegraph Ave.), a Cal campus institution for twenty years and a forerunner to today’s ubiquitous healthy-fast-food restaurant genre, has closed due to a rent increase, the Daily Cal reports. But, as Berkeleyside Nosh reports, students didn’t have to wait long to find out about what some might consider to be a more exciting replacement: the first East Bay location of Super Duper Burgers, a well-regarded San Francisco-based burger chain.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cosecha Is (Hopefully) Coming to the Oakland's Dimond District

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

A drawing shows what Cosecha's proposed firehouse location might look like. - COSECHA
  • Cosecha
  • A drawing shows what Cosecha's proposed firehouse location might look like.

For several years, residents of Oakland’s Dimond District have been asking the city to turn the neighborhood’s abandoned firehouse into a restaurant. Now, it appears that the old Dimond Firehouse (3455 Champion St.) will be home to a second location for one of the city’s most prominent Mexican eateries.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Grand Fare, Claremont Diner, and Pathos Close

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Closed for good. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Closed for good.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Grand Fare (3265 Grand Ave., Oakland) has closed suddenly just three months after reopening, Eater reports. Sound like deja vu? That’s because the same thing happened to the first incarnation of the food hall/restaurant/prepared foods market hybrid, except the first time around, it went dark after just six weeks — a few days before my review was scheduled to drop, it turned out. This time the closure will be permanent.

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