After running Oakland’s first Puerto Rican eatery, Borinquen Soul, for six years, Eric Rivera moved into roomier digs with a full bar. Brix 581 still functions as a nightclub, but during dinner hours, Rivera runs the show with familiar, comforting combo plates featuring custardy plantains and arroz con gandules, Puerto Rican rice studded with pigeon peas. For this venture, Rivera added some new dishes that feel extra appropriate in a bar setting. And much of the menu is fried and meaty — empanadas, pork chops, chicharrones — though there are more options for vegans than you might expect.

Hours: dinner Wed.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; bar menu Fri.–Sat. 10–1 a.m., Sun. 3–9 p.m.


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