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Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

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

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Posted by Brian Eckling on 06/25/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

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.

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Posted by Peter Stokes on 06/24/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

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 sister and brother were the second and third black students at 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!

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Posted by Earl Marty Price on 06/24/2015 at 2:03 PM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

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!

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Posted by Carlos Aguilar on 06/24/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

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.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 06/24/2015 at 8:39 AM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

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.

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Posted by Earl Marty Price on 06/24/2015 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Taqueria El Serves the Best Tacos in Town

Exelent article! It's all true Best of the Best!

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Posted by Diana Luz Sandoval Santeliz on 06/08/2015 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Taqueria El Serves the Best Tacos in Town

Excelent article

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Posted by Diana Luz Sandoval Santeliz on 06/08/2015 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Reinventing Chicken and Waffles

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.

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 06/03/2015 at 9:43 PM

Re: “At Bombay B's, Indian Food Gets Faster

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.

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Posted by Charles Schwartz on 06/02/2015 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Cool, I guess. But I long for Art's and a reminder of what Oakland used to be. Good luck Copper Spoon.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 06/01/2015 at 12:09 PM

Re: “At Bombay B's, Indian Food Gets Faster

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.

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Posted by Luke Tsai on 05/29/2015 at 11:27 AM

Re: “At Bombay B's, Indian Food Gets Faster

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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Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/27/2015 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Prices go up when new restaurants open because its basic business 101: when a new lease comes up, the price adjusts to the market. This dictates profit margins and dictates the price of doing business. These old guard spots are special in so many ways and usually because they can offer lower prices because they are locked in on a reasonable lease set years ago in a less desirable time for Oakland financially. But guess what? when the businesses call it quits, the new lessee usually gets no breaks. As the urban slang goes : " Don't hate the playa, hate the game".

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Posted by James Ward on 05/23/2015 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Nigerian Flavor Palette

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Posted by Editor on 05/22/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

This will add to the number of restaurants where I can't afford to eat in my own neighborhood. All these new places are EXPENSIVE. Had to spend $3.50 for coffee that is usually $2 even at Starbucks at one of them. I may go once, but never often.

I'm also concerned as the two venues most frequented by blacks are now closed. I did not go to either very much. I do know that the place at MacArthur and Piedmont has been the target of neighbor complaints for years.

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Posted by Don Macleay on 05/22/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Arts went out of Business, they sold. Why is it that when an old bar/ restaurant closes it suddenly is gentrified when something else takes it's place. People have different tastes now. the old stuff isn't what we want. besides, Arts did not want to be in business any longer. So something else opens. That is the nature of restaurants. I can't remember the last time I went to Arts and it was great. you spend like $40 bucks and the crab was not very good. I for one welcome the change

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Posted by Lexi Lu on 05/21/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Sounds like a great new spot! However, describing "a local watering hole where all of Oakland can meet" (subtext: "the people that used to go to Art's will totally be comfortable at this new place") seems to be an awfully optimistic outlook, particularly to anyone that has watched Oakland's waning old guard establishments and their replacements over the last few years. The cynic in me reads "at least a portion of their menu will be affordable" and envisions bar nuts, maybe one or two of the appetizers?

We'll see if these egalitarian claims pan out, or are mere lip service to quell some of that tangy Gentrifiers' Guilt.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 05/21/2015 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Taqueria El Serves the Best Tacos in Town

yall just gentrified our favorite spot.... SMDH some things are best kept on the DOWN MF LOW

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Posted by Chhoti Maa on 05/21/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Well said Miss Simone! You have been a part of Oakland's colorful fabric for almost two decades. Not only do you have the skills to invent a cocktail for an old school local or a fine young hipster, you have the work ethic and passion that puts all of us to shame.
Cannot wait for Team Sassy to get Copper Spoon up and simmering for the Bay to experience

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Posted by Heather Hasler on 05/20/2015 at 7:46 PM

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