Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mid-Week Menu: Trueburger Expands, Vegi Food to Close, Barkada Pops Up

By Luke Tsai
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) On the heels of last week’s news about Blue Bottle’s new Oakland cafe, Berkeleyside Nosh reports that the Uptown burger spot Trueburger is opening a new restaurant at 4101 Broadway — just a couple of blocks away from the Blue Bottle. According to Trueburger’s Facebook page, the new location — a former carpet store — will open toward the end of the year.

Trueburgers new spot (via Facebook)
  • Trueburger's new spot (via Facebook)
2) A reader wrote in to tip What the Fork off that North Berkeley stalwart Vegi Food (2085 Vine St.) will be closing for good — on May 25, according to a post on Facebook. Berkeleyside previously documented the owners’ concerns that the vegetarian restaurant might get pushed out of its prime Gourmet Ghetto spot. As of now, it doesn’t sound like the owners have any plans to relocate.

2) Miss Ollie’s (901 Washington St.) now has its liquor license, Tablehopper notes. Just one more reason to go.

4) As construction wraps up, Barkada (4316 Telegraph Ave.), the new bakery and cafe coming to the old Remedy location, has been hosting a little pop-up pastry and coffee stand in front of the shop, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. As of this week, the pop-up won’t be selling pastries anymore, but there will be Scarlet City coffee.

via Facebook
  • via Facebook
5) Berkeley’s second-ever cottage food market will take place this Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Firehouse Art Collective (3192 Adeline St.). Pay on a sliding scale ($0 to $5) to enter, and check out the variety of homemade baked goods, jams, and nut butters available for purchase thanks to the newly enacted California Homemade Food Act (through which home cooks can obtain a permit to sell their goods).

6) Oakland’s increasingly crowded field for local food tours now has another contender: A new company called Localite is launching four biweekly, mostly-food-themed tours. For instance, one will be a pork-centric tour of Old Oakland and Chinatown; a tour of Uptown will focus on cocktails. Check out all of the tour descriptions here.

7) Berkeleyside has an interesting piece on bilingual restaurant signs in Berkeley, written by a UC Berkeley East Asian languages instructor and his students.

8) “Did a bird paint this picture?” asks Modern Farmer, the sleek new farmer-focused quarterly, in passing along an amazing pitch sent in by “Web Kiefer,” supposedly an organic mushroom farmer based in the East Bay.

9) Finally, ICYMI, two workers at the Telegraph Ave. location of Lanesplitter Pizza go out with a bang. Also, don’t forget: It’s Oakland Veg Week.

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