Cory Abshear 
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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: “Box and Bells

The mouth-watering food, friendly service, and beautiful design all make this place a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Posted by Ann Ayers on 06/10/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Box and Bells

Deviled Eggs and a Fourth Regiment cocktail while sitting at the bar is to die for

Posted by Ann Ayers on 06/10/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Bar Three Fifty-Five

The Boxcar Punch and the Housemade Tonic are the stuff dreams are made of.

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Posted by Ann Ayers on 06/10/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Saturn Cafe

Great service and yummy vegetarian greasy spoon food to soak up even the worst hangover.

Posted by Ann Ayers on 06/10/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Bar Three Fifty-Five

Fantastic drinks, super reasonable prices, gorgeous space, awesome bartenders and DJS, seriously, I don't know what else you could want from a bar. This place will always be my favorite!

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Posted by Ann Ayers on 06/10/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Box and Bells

Beautiful lighting and lovely decor.

Posted by Ann Ayers on 06/10/2014 at 11:19 AM

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