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Sorry we were out of town. If you can catch Prof. Salomon's talks on Gov. Pico at the Peralta Hacienda or African American Museum, it gives another layer to the complexity of California. But Dominica's cooking and changing specials are reason to celebrate every day.
... wonder if a new tenant is needed for Salsipuedes' space. A Nigerian restaurant would be fantastic there if a place in the Laurel isn't found.
This is really sad. when the sequoia diner moved into the space where full house cafe had been located (next door to miliki) the chef joined up with miliki to expand their menu to breskfast/brunch. This will also displace him one more time. Full House Cafe was a neighborhood institution for many years. All the folks at miliki are wonderful.
I saw the sign for a beer garden next to Miliki. But I didn't know the plan was to REPLACE Miliki. This is horrible news. In addition to being a unique Nigerian restaurant, it is also the best neighborhood breakfast place. When Full House closed and turned into Sequoia, Miliki hired Kirk, the former chef for Full House, after neighbors petitioned the restaurant to do so. Kirk brought the old Full House menu with him, and my husband and I have enjoyed breakfast there ever since. Now it sounds like Miliki is going away, and this will be a great loss for the Laurel. Miliki is part of the neighborhood. They responded to local concerns. They helped out. It's tragic that they are being misplaced. I wish this would not come to pass.
While I think this restaurant sounds wonderful, to turn this into a gentrification issue seems specious since the restaurant has only been there since 2009.
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I don't know about the crazy comment mentioned above doubting if Laurel families would frequent a beer garden. Laurel families have been waiting years for a place to sit down and have a brew locally. I know that I will be a regular once this place opens up.
This douchebag bought the building, is kicking out the current tenants and then began a Kickstarter campaign to raise $60k (of which he raised $8k) to start the business. He doesn't even have the money to open. He's going to fail, which will be no consolation for Okunade. He'll be displaced and Schneider will just shrug his shoulders and kick rocks, saying "Oh dang, I failed."
I'm sympathetic to the Okunades, and the community that has built up around it. But the moral outrage in the comments is nuts. Schneider bought a building, and a building's owner gets to decide how to generate income from their building.
If the community feels so strongly about this (and other businesses, presumably), they should be organizing fundraisers to buy the buildings themselves, so they *actually* have a say. Or working with Schneider to discuss an alternative outcome. Here's hoping the energy sparked by this turn of events can be mobilized to help find the Okunades and Miliki a new, permanent home.
NO NO NO Here's another example of the diversity that makes Oakland so great being pushed out for trendy new money. Maliki and the best neighborhood breakfast in the Laurel serve our community. We need to support them.
This is the reality of Commercial/Retail leases, the tenant has zero protection. What happened in San Francisco is unfortunately starting in Oakland. Mayor Libby is full of hot air.
Shameful. Laurel is a family oriented district. Wills should feel proud to now own a building where there's a popular and diverse restaurant, bringing in A mixed culture that includes Nigerian professionals and upwardly mobile students/professionals. Stupid move to replace a money making business known in the community with an iffy start up. Doubt if Laurel families will be frequenting a beer garden.
This is so sad that he is being forced to vacant the premises all for a beer garden I hope he fights the city and I hope the customers and neighborhood right with him.
As cafe strada did to espresso Roma in the early 90s... the landlord's relative saw a thriving business and chose to capitalize on their tenant's entrepreneurial spirit and success by maliciously capitalizing on their own position of power to steal their customer base, ideas and LOCATION.
The most successful business plan is to steal a successfully devised model, and copy it...
I understand this is the way of the world, it still saddens me.
Yummy Guide in Chinatown is also closed down.
Can you find out why?
Chinatown is losing alot of eateries.
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