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Re: “Mid-Week Menu: R.I.P. Genova Deli

I am in my early 70's. My father, and an uncle who had a shoe repair shop on 54th and Shattuck used to bring me to the Genoa's on Telegraph .Keller Plaza was a dairy then, and Verns had taken the place of the Sacramento Northern barn in the late 40's. I think maybe Dave , Tony after all these years did not realize or maybe they did, the thing that made me love this place was that it was the Town's diversity in living color.. In the 50's when our town was still more or less de facto segragated in terms of housing, Genova's staff was heavy on the Italian guys from West Oakland that had moved into Temescali..Not the part above Telegraph yea sure they were there, but all along Shattuck and Grove street corridors too. It was not Temescal , but Temescali. Everyone from every race and culture in North and West Oakland was in that store, in that line. There were professionals, teachers, lawyers, doctors. There were pimps and hustlers, alongside of the working men and women that made up this town . As the 60's came along you were cognizant that this is where our diverse population came together. Sunday mornings folks getting their spread on for Niner or Raider games, razzing each other, all good natured. In the summer it was A's and Giants but we were all Town folks coming together sharing stories of our dad's , grands and the dudes like Tito who worked behind the counter, and liked and knew about all the horses at Golden Gate Fields or Bay Meadows..Or young Tony who manages the place now, a young man from Jalisco. All the time Dave or his family in the background. It was the town and we were all customers who loved the neighborhood. We loved the italian bakery, we loved Bella Napoli, and Bertolas..all gone, and now this fine place is gone too. Yes Walnut Creek is a nice store, but no Town soul, no town sauce there in Walnut Creek now. We will miss Genoa's and we are sorry that so many of the landlords on our street do not live in our town, nor respect the institutional memory now lost. I am glad I was first in line this morning , but sad as I watched the draft tonight. Ike's is not the same, none of them are. They are all good mind you, but you did not bring ravioli for your grands home from the others, bread pudding, good saying good bye or burying and old and familiar friend. Sorry canoli's that I loved!!

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 04/29/2016 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Josephine Seeks to Expand Homemade Food Legislation

let me know when you are ready to expand to the Seattle, WA area. I am interested in facilitating this concept in our area.

Posted by Debra Lane on 04/29/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: R.I.P. Genova Deli

Lets go support the Genova stores in Walnut Creek!!! They have the best sandwiches, salads, and raviolis. Frankly, better then the Oakland store. Their factory products are amazing. Their factory is in Walnut Creek. See you and all of my friends at Genova Walnut Creek!!! I was there this week and they had an enormous amount of supporters!!

Posted by Valerie Ferragamo on 04/29/2016 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Josephine Seeks to Expand Homemade Food Legislation

This is a really neat idea. Getting a home cooked meal and meeting some great folks is a very original concept. The approach of assisting in the making of regulations as to opposing it will be very interesting to see how it plays out.

Posted by James Brennan on 04/28/2016 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Delage to Softly Open at Swan's Market with Michelin-Starred Sushi Chef at the Helm

"Somewhere in the ballpark of $40–$60 a person. While that isn't cheap, it's exceedingly reasonable for omakase."

Sure to draw lots of diners from Deep East Oakland for a welcome break from the usual humdrum. While they await the $12 an hour jobs City Hall has promised them.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/26/2016 at 9:19 AM

Re: “A New Ecovillage Farm, Twenty Minutes from Downtown Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 04/20/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

That building also used to have a green grocer / natural food store run by a Cambodian family. Were they forced out as well?

Posted by Stewart Port on 04/12/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Former Calavera Employees Fight Back Against Alleged Wage Theft

The restaurant is owned by a brown Salvadorian, a Jewish woman and an interracial couple.

The opening chef de cuisine (who left a few weeks ago) is a MEXICAN, born in CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO. Chef Christian, Michael Iglesias and Jessica Sackler all worked at "Oyamel" Chef Jose Andres's famed MEXICAN restaurant in Washington DC for several years. Michael and Jessica fell in love with the cuisine and the culture. Despite being consumed with various restaurant opening projects after leaving Oyamel and forming their own consulting group in the Bay Area, they found the time to continue planing out their dream of one day owning their own Mexican restaurant.

They built their foundation with the building blocks of several years of experience running one of the top Mexican restaurants in the country, "Oyamel" and by making countless trips to Mexico, traveling, tasting and immersing themselves in the indigenous food and culture.

Chef Christian was the perfect choice as the opening chef, his MEXICAN heritage and upbringing, combined with several years of chef experience at the prestigious Oyamel made him a natural fit. Before any of the kitchen staff was even hired, Christian worked countless hours with Michael and Jessica to develop THEIR menu, staging various pop up dinners to refine the menu before the opening.

During the opening, Chef Joe Raffa and Ryan Collins of TFG(Jose Andres's company) came out to lend a hand during training. Joe Raffa was the opening CDC at Oyamel and is currently the EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR THE ENTIRE JOSE ANDRES EMPIRE. The idea that the 3 employees leading this protest were hired for their culinary secrets and then fired after obtaining them is absolutely, positively, ludicrous.

Posted by Stephen Babaki on 04/10/2016 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Former Calavera Employees Fight Back Against Alleged Wage Theft

Reading this really makes me pine for a good clayuda, which Calavera omitted from their menu along with mole and blackened steak. It seems like these chefs should have the opportunity to serve delicious Oaxacan food to the masses here, I know there are tons of people who would kill for a good Oaxacan mole'. I'd love to see them have success as their best form of revenge against Calavera....

Posted by Jasmine Tokuda on 04/09/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

The Burrito shop wasn't very good so I'm glad something is changing. A shame that it's not Cholita though..

Posted by Robert Hope on 04/08/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Former Calavera Employees Fight Back Against Alleged Wage Theft

I used to work there, back of the house, and all of the allegations are true. I am used to having my rights violated as a brown woman in the kitchen but never have I been treated so poorly. Shame on the owners. You will get what you deserve.

Posted by Marísa Mendoza on 04/08/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Former Calavera Employees Fight Back Against Alleged Wage Theft

The allegations are ridiculous and unfounded Flor is a liar and an opportunist looking to cash in on unfounded nonsense.

Posted by Cheryl Sackler on 04/08/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Former Calavera Employees Fight Back Against Alleged Wage Theft

This is really disheartening and disturbing! Ever since Calavera opened, I've gone there for delicious lunch meetings and happy hours. I raved about the food to friends, family and colleagues. I will now join Flor, her fellow workers and BARWM in Boycotting Calavera. For Dignity, Justice and Respect for Workers and Indigenous Peoples' Rights!

Posted by Leila Salazar-Lopez on 04/08/2016 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

The owners jacked the rent on The Burrito Shop, forcing them out, so I'm not surprised to see that they did this too. Such a shame!

Posted by Monica Nocon on 04/08/2016 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

Please tell me that the original location is staying in business!

Posted by Danielle Emick on 04/07/2016 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

This is very upsetting! I don't trust these landlords....they don't care about what is best for the's all about money. Is there anything Lakeshore residents can do? This is a huge loss!

Posted by terry alvord on 04/07/2016 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

I agree with the previous comments. Holy Land has great falafels and another so close makes no sense whatsoever. I also don't trust the Gilberts, and wonder if they will somewhere down the line pull a fast one on the new leasees.

Posted by Rochelle Robinson on 04/04/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

This is so lame. Holy Land is already here around the corner. Cholita Linda would have been a much better fit.

Posted by Maureen Forys on 04/04/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

That is so disappointing. There are already a falafel shop a half a block away. I would have much preferred Cholita Linda. One question though, why can't they lease the other space on the opposite side of Peets? Isn't it about the same size?

Posted by Abigail Kaster on 04/04/2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

I would prefer the fish tacos!!

Posted by James Ashburn on 04/04/2016 at 3:15 PM

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