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Such an inspiring story! Finally, a white person was able to realize their dreams, despite being up against some pretty powerful forces...like West African immigrants and their beloved neighborhood restaurant. Thank goodness there won't be any more live African music in the neighborhood, or place for West African people to congregate and have a good time — sounds like it was a total drag.
And it's about time Oakland got a bougie gentrification-ass beer garden! That sort of thing was really lacking in this city until now. Just what Oakland needs. You're a real hero, Paul.
Miliki responded to neighborhood concerns when they hired the long-time cook at the old Full House Cafe (now Sequoia) and started serving breakfast. They are a valued member of the community. To displace them, though the right of the property owner, is callous and not in keeping with the community spirit that Miliki has contributed to and fostered for many years. It looked at first that the beer garden was going into the space next to Miliki. It's a pity that the property owner does not pursue this arrangement, which in my mind would be a win-win.
Just because he's nice about it and it's "his dream" doesn't mean it's not gentrification. He is still pushing an existing neighborhood business out. Extremely disappointing to say the absolute least.
The guy is a GC, not a corporation or chain store. i hope that Miliki can get a new location and stay in business, but he is doing it fair and square. I'm not a beer drinker and I've never been to the restaurant so I don't really have a personal preference . When I moved to the Laurel there was 2 or 3 Italian delis on the block. Things change , that the constant of life.
This isn't gentrification, it is a guy with a dream and honestly trying to make it happen. Don't demonize him for following his dreams. If the Oakland city government were kinder to businesses then perhaps this Nigerian business would not find it so hard to make this move.
The oysters are briny (or not) and delicious.
Forget that guy, he won't get a dime of my money ever. First Full House, and now Miliki, take your beer garden and go away.
Rumbo's former location on Park Blvd. needs a new restaurant in the Glenview. That spot is vacant.
Wow this is a lose win situation for the resturant. I truly understand and suppory5the new guy wanting to.pursue his dream as well.
You just gave away Jack London's best-kept lunch secret! No, really, I am thrilled to see El Sabrosito get the attention. They're great and they deserve it!
I had such a blast I lost my sombrero!
Though I feel for the possibilities of this being true I think its a very dangerous presedence to again be assumed guilty before hearing both sides. Why is it ok to damage a business like picketing and having customers turned away from their restaurant before there has been any legal judgment. what if this is not the case? what If these employees have another motive? Can the restaurant sue them for financial damages? I find this type of action carless and irresposible at least and without us knowing the true facts how can we cause financial hardship on them? Put yourself in their shoes having to pay their bills and keep the place operating while there is a mob of "concerned citizens " at the gate. doesn't anyone else find this quote to be troubling ............ "Even an allegation of these things is enough for us to protest," said Blasenheim. ..............this is careless and there are being punished before they have been convicted! I though Oakland is better than this Trumpism.
As their across the street neighbor, I've watched Peter and Melissa sweat and toil and build a truly exceptional restaurant over the past four years. The restaurant business is tough enough but building a good business in a somewhat obscure location is particularly daunting. By offering an exceptional product in a fun environment, hey have faced that challenge and prevailed!! Anybody who loves pizza will enjoy this restaurant and I am particularly impressed by their high quality produce. If you haven't been there, I strongly recommend going.
Kensington Circus Pub
Not having fun on Cinco De Mayo is the hottest thing happening right now. Pretty much every news outlet has a story today about how everyone who drinks Margaritas should go hang themselves. Don't see why I can't slam tequila shots and chalupas in peace.....
While I agree with a lot of the positives about Benchmark especially the Strozzapreti dish, I beg to differ about the Caesar Salad...a large but mediocre salad compared to many I've had in the Bay area notably Zuni and without croutons! for $14?... when I got it I asked our server why no croutons..he said we just don't..given that they have terrific bread that I understand they bake there it was a real conceptual mistake.. (to their credit I asked for bread which was served)...they really need to rethink that
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Actually to the south and east of El Cerrito or North of Berkeley along Arlington and Grizzly Peak Blvds to use more familiar "benchmarks". As often and as long as I've driven ( a VERY conspicuous 25 mph) along Arlington, I only know of the hardware store, church and gas stations as reasons to stop. My toddler on and I will very soon take the trip-- maybe on the way back from a late trip to Tilden Little Farm to partake in the very good deal prix fixe meal ! Thanks for the review !
Where does their shrimp come from?
Nice article, I love pho and grew up with Vietnamese ninjas in Salinas/Seaside. One of the dishes reminded me of catching striped bass off the beach in marina and having my friends mom cook it. She would sear it and simmer it in a fish sauce with shallots and peppers. Amazing to say the least. If someone out here has a recipe please share, I love to cook and never was able to get the full recipe from my friend Bin.
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