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First ---the food is great and the Patty Melt is the best I haver ever had. Salads are also wonderful.
As to the mural. I do not know the details but I once operated a business in SF with a mural on the back wall. Required structural work would destroy the mural. As the mural had been painted by volunteers in the neighborhood with money from the building's then owner and paint form the hardware store I did a very public request for people to come forward who worked on it. Nobody except people whose houses faced the mural....they hated it after 20+ years of seeing it every time they came out of the houses (not a reflection the quality of the mural which was excellent) .
We announced that we had to eliminated but would take a thorough photographic record of it so that it could possibly be recreated in the future.
After the work was done we got sued by a woman claiming to be the sole artist. The landlady was elderly and didn't want trouble so settled for $50,000 and I agreed we would create a display of the artists's sketches and photos and ours. I met with her but she forgot to bring her images. And then she disappeared and never answered calls or emails again.
I had to get this out of my system.
As to the JJ's mural. I do not know anything about what happened. It was in pretty bad shape and mold started long ago, when there was rain. It created some health issues no doubt. But rather than bitch about it being gone, why not analyze where it could be recreated, what it would cost and do a Kickstarter campaign?
We should be thankful that such a prominent spot is no longer vacant. And luckily the neighborhood has food for all tastes and budget.
And when will the ice cream shop next to Oasis Grill be opening, my 4-year-old is wondering?
I was watching the Tavis Smiley interview with Killer Mike. He spoke on economic revolution and putting our money into places that are the for the community. Post wake and bake, I decided to look you up to ask if you had any avenues, in which to help support this philosophy. I open the page to see this article, damn synchronicity!
Mi Grullense is great (for al pastor), but the best spot for lengua is Casa Jimenez taco truck on High and International.
Just don't order anything else there.
Everyone beware of the Mural People of Piedmont Ave -they hold an insatiable grudge.
Taking my mom here for ramen lunch tomorrow. Anything I shouldn't miss? (knowing we have a limited time frame with Leo's attention span)
Serving hamburgers in a drought? Nothing short of criminal! End of civilization indeed! Mold in a drought? Unheard of! Mold needs water to survive! Hmmm...
The hamburgers are no bueno, many other choices on the street that don't charge you an arm and leg for a small burger. Unfortunately this is how the "New Oakland" has become. Silver spoon having owners selling marked up small plates to the hipsters and others who will choose to support a place like this. It is a very sad time in Oakland right now and I don't think it will ever go back to how it was. I'm glad I was born and raised in Oakland, but in five years its won't be recognizable
Hey Luke, did you ever SEE the mural? I have lived in the Piedmont Ave are for 30 years, and the mural painted by Rocky Rische-Baird in the same style as his other mural on the Gaylord's building on 41st St. was both visually impressive and a wonderful historical record for Oakland. There are many people in the neighborhood who are more than a little amazed by the arrogance of the new tenant who took it into his own hands to rip down a distinguished piece of local historical art without bothering to consult properly with representatives of the area. I would normally welcome a new restaurant with some well-prepared offerings, but in this case, all I have is a bad taste in my mouth. Some sort of public apology and good-faith offer to try and make up for what is clearly an egregious error would go a long way to fixing the rift that exists. All I have seen so far from the owner is defensive comments about how he did all he reasonably could have, which is has not served him well in the eyes of the neighborhood.
No son we are not bourgeois, we have been here with the ups and downs. when the streets were down...My father was not a professional he was a lumper, but you probably do not know what that is. My mom worked for Bordens and I worked for Jim at the old 76 on Mac and Harrison for a buck an hour. Many of us participated in the Civil and anti war movemensts. There would have been no Panther symbol in Oakland without Mark Comfort and us in ODAC, but then you probably do not know what that was either, and we continued to contribute and still do to the fabric of our community which by your comment you know nothing about. We were the first black family on Santa Clara Ave...my sister and brother were the second and third black students at Lakeview..you take your emoticon self and take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself where you will be inthe next four or five decades of your life. So if you want class bonafides and want to brag on the working class, I will spit back at your lumpen ass too!
Bougie Piedmont creeps obsessed with a moldy mural need real problems to complain about. This restaurant IMPROVES your neighborhood much more than the mural ever did!
I'm with Mr. Price. Shame on the Express for pandering to this vandal. There are plenty of burgers available from people who respect the neighborhood. When he puts the mural back, it might be worth considering his wares. As long as the mural is gone, that's all we need to know about his establishment.
The mural controversy will keep me away. It could have and should have been saved. No worries there are plenty of hipsters in the area not concerned with our history. I will continue to go to Sparky's and Barney's, Fentons if I want a burger,as on the whole there are no shortages of eateries on the Ave.
Exelent article! It's all true Best of the Best!
Mention is due to the first chicken and waffle restaurant that opened in DTO years before it was fashionable: Home of Chicken & Waffles at 444 Embarcadero.
As extra added bonus, they don't discriminate against hiring ex-cons. That's a big deal.
Why does the "Athenian Deli" get no love? Located in the neighborhood at 2125 Franklin, it has been around since 1977. Recently the menu has added traditional Ethiopian fare. The food is healthy, the prices are very reasonable and the owners have substantially upgraded the decor. It surely deserves a comment when discussing "moderately priced international cuisines" in the uptown neighborhood.
Cool, I guess. But I long for Art's and a reminder of what Oakland used to be. Good luck Copper Spoon.
Just to respond briefly to your comment, Clarence: I don't know your source on Bombay B's having closed down, but the place is still open for business as of this week. That said, when I called, I was told that they've sometimes been closing early on nights when business is slow.
Place is already closed down as of this weekend. Sam Patel must be a nightmare to work with. With captain & corset, he brought in a decent chef with a unique vision, and the partnership fell apart when the chef found out she was getting screwed in the partnership. Wouldnt be surprised if it was a similar situation here.
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