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Hog’s Apothecary: New to Temescal ‘hood

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When Bradford Earle inherited a 7-foot-tall wooden sculpture of a dancing pig, he had no idea it would be the mascot of his future restaurant.

Earle’s wife’s father, who had a thing for pigs, commissioned it — he named him Theo — to sit at the end of the driveway of his Puget Sound home, which he called The Dancing Pig Saloon.

Theo had found a semi-permanent spot in the hallway of Earle’s home for some years, and about halfway through the build-out of his new venture, Hog’s Apothecary — which has its official opening tonight, Sept. 25, on Oakland’s 40th Street — the idea of making him the mascot occurred to him and co-owner John Streit.

So now, Theo is near the kitchen (you can’t miss him). If you want to see him in costume, come at Halloween.

Though Earle and Streit have known each other for about five years — they met through their wives, who went to college together — the idea of doing a joint venture only began about two years ago. Streit had worked as a chef at Pizzeria Delfina, Pizzaiolo and Rotten City Pizza in Emeryville. Earle was a front-of-the-house guy, most recently having managed the bar of Park Avenue Bar & Grill on Piedmont Avenue. They were feeling ready to start something of their own. Streit, who lived on 40th for many years, regularly used to walk by the old Da House of Suds Laundromat on the corner of 40th and Opal streets and envision what it could become. … Continue reading »

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Bites: MeloMelo and Zing Café open in Berkeley

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MELOMELO OPENS ITS DOORS Berkeley residents looking for an alternative bar atmosphere now have a new destination. MeloMelo Kava Bar (pictured above), a coffee- and alcohol-free watering hole, opened softly this past Tuesday. As we reported in September, kava is a Polynesian drink, made from the roots of the kava-kava plant, that has a mild sedative effect. Along with a rotating selection of kava, MeloMelo is serving kombucha on tap and a weekly “kava koncotion” special. You can learn more about the history and science of kava on MeloMelo’s website. MeloMelo Kava Bar is at 1701 University Ave., Berkeley. Connect with MeloMelo on Facebook and Twitter.Continue reading »

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Bites: Box and Bells closes, Haven on pause, more

Meats with sauerkraut (Boudin blanc; corned beef with parsley sauce). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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BOX AND BELLS IS DONE After about 15 months of operation in Rockridge, James Syhabout’s Box and Bells has closed. (Nosh previewed the restaurant in 2013.) The restaurant shut down Wednesday, according to a notice on the company website. Box and Bells, at 5912 College Ave. in Oakland, featured dishes inspired by staff meals at Syhabout’s higher-end Commis — think hearty comfort food like poutine, fried chicken and burgers topped with cheese curds. In an official statement posted on Inside Scoop SF, Syhabout explained that “despite our greatest efforts, the concept simply did not resonate with the neighborhood and result in the success necessary to sustain the restaurant.” Operations at Syhabout’s other Oakland restaurants, the Michelin-starred Commis, Hawker Fare and The Dock at Linden Street, will continue. And the closure appears unlikely to slow him down: Syhabout is gearing up to open a new Hawker Fare location in San Francisco later this month. … Continue reading »

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21st Amendment plans showcase East Bay brewery

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With the words “Let’s turn some dirt,” a group of city officials and executives of San Francisco brewers 21st Amendment broke ground last week on a 95,000-square-foot new facility in a former Kellogg’s factory in San Leandro.

When completed, the new facility will be one of the largest craft brewing operations in the state, and will at first bring 20 new jobs to the city, and then, by phase two, more than 100 new jobs.

21st Amendment — known for such products as Hell or Highwatermelon Wheat and Back in Black IPA — began operating in San Francisco in 2000. Its facility and restaurant near the ballpark is a fixture of that neighborhood, and that’s also where new beers are created and tested. Once ready for a larger market, they are brewed and canned at their facility in Cold Spring, Minnesota. While the Minnesota facility has capacity for 60,000 barrels, and they have no plans to shut it down, the San Leandro facility will start with 100,000 barrels with room for further expansion. … Continue reading »

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The Nosh Wire: 05.14.14

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New craft brewery, restaurant slated for Berkeley

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A large craft brewery capable of producing over 310,000 gallons of beer a year is set to open in West Berkeley, assuming the owners secure final planning permissions. The plan also calls for a restaurant and barrel-aging facility.

Far West Brewing already has a permit from Berkeley to manufacture beer at the 10,212-square-foot industrial building at 1150 Sixth St. (at Harrison).

In its application to the city for restaurant and retail operation permits, Far West, which was formed specifically to open this business, said it would brew six year-round beers, limited release beers, and a series of barrel-aged sour beers and American wild ales. … Continue reading »

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East Bay’s craft beer boom is just getting started

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Craft beer aficionados in the East Bay have had much to celebrate over the past few years with a veritable explosion of new spots specializing in small production, handcrafted beers from across the country and around the world — many of which serve delicious bites too.

Think The Trappist, Beer Revolution, Hog’s Apothecary, Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Room, Moxy Beer Garden, The Mead Kitchen, and more (check out Berkeleyside Nosh’s drinking map for a sense of what’s out there).

And evidence suggests the craft beer phenomenon is still on the upswing, with more beer destinations slated to open this year, including Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, and, in Oakland, Fruitvale Fermentation Factory from Ale IndustriesThe Good Hop Bottle Shop on Telegraph, and a new Drakes Brewery destination in the Hive development at the corner of Broadway and 23rd Street.

Perhaps the most compelling evidence that beer is where it’s at is to be found in Alameda, however, where Du Vin Fine Wines, an established player in the local wine scene for the past 12 years, has just morphed into Craft Beer & Wine. … Continue reading »

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Hot East Bay restaurants, food news of 2013

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In 2013, Berkeleyside Nosh celebrated its one-year anniversary, and we’re looking forward to bringing you even more local restaurant news this year. Before 2013 recedes too far in the rear view, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of our best stories and biggest happenings in East Bay restaurants over the past year. (We’ve included a few places that opened in late 2012, as well, as we didn’t do a round-up last year. Click any of the links below to see complete past coverage of places you want to learn more about.) Make sure not to miss our weekly Bites feature for all the latest restaurant news in Oakland, Berkeley and beyond.

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All systems go for West Berkeley beer/food garden

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The folks behind the Westbrae Biergarten, a beer garden and food truck spot being planned for the corner lot of Gilman and Curtis streets in West Berkeley, have secured their permits — finally — and construction is about to begin on the much-anticipated project.

Two well-known local food trucks — Brazil Café and Roli Roti — have signed up to be regulars at the beer garden which now hopes to open in spring 2014. Brazil Café will have a permanent presence at the site, which hopes to be something like the Hayes Valley Biergarten on Octavia Street in San Francisco, and two other mobile food vendors are also slated to join the line-up. … Continue reading »

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Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Room opens in Berkeley

The Torpedo Room has opened in Berkeley. Photo: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Sierra Nevada is throwing open the doors to its new tasting room, Torpedo Room, today in the Read Building on Fourth Street between University and Addison in West Berkeley.

As we’ve reported previously, Torpedo Room is not a bar, nor is it a restaurant. Rather it offers 16 taps and draught beer in taster flights as well as small snacks and the occasional special brew such as Torpedo Extra IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels with Citra hops.

The space, which is a smart blend of retro and modern with reclaimed lights and table tops and a convivial vibe, can host around 45 craft beer drinkers. Customers also have the option of filling “growlers” to go, as well as buying six-packs, cases and individually specialty bottles. … Continue reading »

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The Nosh Wire: 09.23.13

Tacos Mi Rancho, al pastor. Photo: samayou kodomo
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The Nosh Wire: 09.18.13

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The Nosh Wire: 08.20.13

Savory bread pudding at Hopscotch in Oakland. Photo: samayou kodomo
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