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Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

You work at Penrose and still wrote this article? And put your industry peers on blast? Super lame, dude

Posted by OaklandAlways on 09/28/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

Hey Pilar, it is Cory from 355. I just wanted to clarify a few things in your article. Firstly, before opening as 355 the space was most recently known as Miss Ivy's I believe, Big Al's being sometime before that. The reason I am not entirely certain is that the business was actually abandoned long before we opened over six years ago. The article, I'm sure unintentionally, makes it sound as though my bosses came in and bought it out from under someone, which simply isn't the case. By the time they came along it had been shuttered for many years. It should also be noted, that they aren't some out-of-towners, or new money, that came in and swooped it up. Patrick has lived in the Bay Area since he was 18 (for the sake of his pride I won't say exactly how long that is, but trust me, it has been a minute) and Travis was born and raised in Oakland. I don't think this would fall under the category of "gentrification" as much as two guys fulfilling a dream in an empty space. As someone who has bartended in Oakland for the past thirteen years, I know the area has changed quite a bit. I remember working at Radio and being pretty much the only game in town. That being said, I think we have to be careful of just labeling all progress as bad or gentrifying. It doesn't factor in that, as with all change, some is good and well intentioned. I would like to think that we at 355 fall into that category. I'm sure you think of your job at Penrose in the same light. And hey! We have Hennessey at 355! :)

Posted by Ann Ayers on 09/28/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “A Glutton's Guide to Hayward

No mention of Val's, an 'American diner'?

Posted by Phil Allen on 09/28/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Savor Filipino Comes to Oakland

Great article. Thank you

Posted by Pearl Parmelee on 09/28/2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

The Kingfish always set the standard for dive bars for me, a lot of real characters hung out there. Once awhile, as I remember it, the Cal Sororiety women would all swoop in at once - I recall the old guys saying "geez, these preppy Cal girls all got fat butts now, Don't they?" I used to get a kick out of that. It's was true, 80's era preppy girls all had fat butts, they didn't work out like they do now.

Posted by Richard Woulfe on 09/28/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

The thing not mentioned about the reopened publik house is that Scott worked in that neighborhood, on that same block none the less, since 1994. That he's been serving that neighborhood from the coffee shops to the neighborhood gastropubs for the majority of his adult life and had patroned Ye Olde Hut since the day he arrived in Oakland as a 22 year old dropped off after making a cross country move with the money in his pockets. Scott is exactly who the tired old bar owners should be turning their businesses over to because he isn't some tech douche gentrification piece of shit.. He opened that space with love and adiration and the utmost respect for that bar and the glory he wanted to bring back to make it the place it was when he stepped in there (when you pilar were in kindergarten and have no concept of), a lively fun approachable neighborhood watering hole with quality drinks and friendly faces.

Posted by Xanadujulie on 09/28/2016 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

Need more divey sports bars!

Posted by Christina Salcedo on 09/28/2016 at 1:26 PM

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