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Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

I went for the first time a few years ago and had a biscuit that melted in my mouth and some delicious pork belly. I went again for brunch and dinner a few more times and it seemed that each time they had a new cook who wanted to experiment with a different food technique. I looked forward to seeing what the hiatus will bring food wise and decor and I appreciate them for taking a change back in 2009.

Posted by Marissa Selhorst on 06/20/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

I took a friend there for a special dinner last year, inspired by a CheckPlease review on KQED... some items were good, but a tough and smallish piece of "signature" fried chicken was a disappointment with overpriced side dishes required to make a meal.
The coup de grace was my friend's request for some sparkling water being met with a fancy, imported bottle of something brought to the table without comment. It later showed up on the bill as a $19 charge. Really?! Never went back. End of story. Have a nice "hiatus" Pican. And au revoir.

Posted by Jack Vincent on 06/11/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Thanks for all the great food. Haters gonna hate, but I had great food, great drinks and great times there for years. Sure there were misses and a couple of bad service moments, but that's the industry. Thanks for making a great place for POC's and soulful White folks to get their grub on and socialize with style. You can always find a soul shack somewhere. Pican brought Black elegance and power to the center. The food wasn't cheap, but the cultural contribution was enoromous.

Posted by Ted Russell on 06/10/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

The food was overpriced and underwhelming.

Posted by Janey Shapiro on 06/10/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Search playtonb.

Posted by Debra Sarver on 06/10/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

A google search for Playt in Hayward turns up zero hits.

Posted by Debra Sarver on 06/10/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Sorry to hear!

Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 06/08/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Not sure about your analysis of Oakland politics but I CAN tell you the restaurant industry is going through major changes (the outcome of which is up in the air) and full service restaurants are struggling and/or closing throughout the Bay Area.

Posted by Mark Sheff on 06/08/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

EBX is where the narrative goes to thrive, such story tellers. Pican was the gentrification they wanted to see. The restaurant cost around $1.8m to build and it's always been expensive, from day one. I ate there in 2009 and thought the cost was too high, similar to a high quality place in SF but in a cheaper desolate part of Oakland. Oakland businesses are dieing because Oakland (the City and its political class) only know how to operate in an idealistic vacuum AND milk a good thing until it's dead. It's been doing the same thing for 40+ years with the exact same results. We're only thriving because regional pressure has become so incredibly enormous.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/08/2017 at 9:36 AM

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