Sunday, August 7, 2011

SR24 Is Eighty-Six

By John Birdsall
Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

North Oakland’s Temescal Triangle strip mall swallowed another restaurant last week, when SR24 — the American comfort food place that opened in early 2010 — closed its doors for good.

July 31 marked the last day for the restaurant at Telegraph and 51st Street, named for State Route 24, the freeway that slashed through Oakland in the 1960s. Chef-owner Josh Woodall received okay reviews for his food, with ex-EBX critic Matthew Stafford waxing generally positive about SR24’s tweaked comfort foods and Chronicle contributor Carol Ness delivering a verdict that nudged closer to meh. Ness also layed down the ultimate bruising judgment on SR24’s opera-grade décor: “It made me think of Venus Williams' outfit at [the 2010] French Open — red and black and what was she thinking?”

Glow no more.
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  • Glow no more.

Though wider Temescal has expanded its food offerings in the past year — Remedy, Homeroom, The Sacred Wheel, and still-in-production Waffle Boss — the Temescal Triangle mini-mall has seen three restaurants close since 2006, when owner Howard Schindler launched Caffe Pippo (also taqueria La Calaca Loca, which is still open) in the former SR24 space. Pippo gave way to Bear Naked Burgers, the place SR24 succeeded.

There’s no word yet on Woodall’s plans, or the fate of the shuttered space.

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