Friday, February 25, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: New Bars Coming to Uptown, Greek Food in Grand Lake

By Ellen Cushing
Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Coming, going and growing: We weren't lying when we told you that Oaklland's becoming a bona fide bar town: this week brings happy news of not one, not two, but threenew spots set to open soon, all within the space of a few blocks in Uptown Oakland.
First, a Brooklyn-based management company has signed a lease on the space at 1741 Telegraph, across the street from the Fox Theater. According to Grub Street, the as-yet-unnamed business is set to open in the summer and will have a snack menu. Second, about a block down Telegraph, look for Bar Dogwood, which is being run by former House of Shields owner Alexeis Filipello and which will serve charcuterie-style snacks in addition to beer, wine, and cocktails. And third, Flora is expanding, with a 2,000-square-foot bar space adjacent to the restaurant.

And a mile or so North, the long-awaited Rockridge wine bar Toast — the subject of a recent Express cover storyhas finally opened, though it doesn't um, actually sell wine yet. According to the Merc, the wine menu should be ready within a few weeks; in the meantime, there'll be coffee, tea, and small plates.

Meanwhile, the Merc also reports that Grand Lake's got a new Greek restaurant: Ikaros, which soft-opened this week a few yards up from the movie theater.

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