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Bites: Genova Deli, People’s Café, The Wolf, more

Genova Delicatessen. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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GENOVA DELI’S LAST DAY IS SATURDAY Get in for your Italian combo fix while you can, because Genova Delicatessen‘s last day will be April 30. “We are humbled by all the good wishes and love from the community and want to thank you for so many years of support,” wrote the deli’s owners on its website. The 90-year-old Italian deli in Oakland’s Temescal district had announced in February that it may be forced to close due to a rent dispute with its landlord. However, in a story in the San Jose Mercury News, co-owner David DeVincenzi’s wife Patti said that other rising costs were a bigger contributor in the decision to close. They didn’t want to be forced to raise prices. “The cost of doing business is to the point now where it became uncomfortable,” she said. David DeVincenzi told the San Francisco Chronicle that the family is working on finding a new location in Oakland, but was unwilling to hint at where that location may be. In the meantime, the Genova factory on Broadway, the Napa store, and the two Genova Deli locations in Walnut Creek (owned by another branch of the family) remain open. And, according to the Mercury News, the property owners at Temescal Plaza are looking for a new local deli operator to open in the space; property representative John Dobrovich said he hopes the new tenant will hire some of the former Genova employees. Genova Delicatessen is at 5095 Telegraph Ave. (between 49th and 51st streets), Oakland. Connect with the deli on Facebook.Continue reading »

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Bites: The Butcher’s Son, People’s Café, more

Vegan cojita cheese from The Butcher's Son. Photo: The Butcher's Son/Facebook
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BUTCHER’S SON TO OPEN FEB. 22 At long last, The Butcher’s Son, the vegan butcher shop and deli that originally planned on opening on Solano Avenue, is set to open at 1941 University Ave. The shop announced its opening day, Feb. 22, on its Facebook page. Co-owner Pete Fikaris told NOSH last fall that The Butcher’s Son will be “less bakery” and “more deli,” and it will include dinner service once the deli is up and running. To that end, Fikaris acquired a liquor license for the location and will be serving beer and wine. For now, though, The Butcher’s Son will be in soft opening with more limited daytime hours (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). It will be serving coffee, bagels, baked goods, cheeses, meats, cannoli and a “few other things.” Everything will be vegan, of course. The Butcher’s Son will be at 1941 A University Ave. (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley. Connect with the deli on FacebookContinue reading »

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Bites: Mr. Dewie’s to Albany, Kobani remodel

Ari and Andrew Cohen showcase their nut milk ice cream. Photo: Mr. Dewie's Frozen Dessert
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MR. DEWIES TO ALBANY The vegan ice cream company is opening its flagship scoop shop in the former Burger Depot location at 1116 Solano Ave. in Albany. Mr. Dewie’s has already posted signs on the windows and announced the pending opening on its Facebook page. The owners hope to open in January 2016. Mr. Dewie’s “Cashew Corner,” as they are calling the shop, will exclusively sell the company’s cashew-based ice cream and will “create a space where [it] can make small batches, have greater freedom to explore new flavors, produce innovative dessert options, and use more seasonal and local ingredients.” Mr. Dewie’s raised money for the shop through a successful Indiegogo campaign, on which we reported this springMr. Dewie’s will be at 1116 Solano Ave. (at Kains Avenue), Albany. Connect with the company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.Continue reading »

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Grand Fare Market: Oakland’s new neighborhood hub

Brother & Sister Flower Shop in Grand Fare Market. Photo: Michael David Rose
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Grand Fare Market, Doug Washington and Freya Prowe’s market and outdoor dining courtyard, opened earlier this month after much careful preparation. The market, and its adjoining 3,500-square-foot, tree-lined courtyard, at 3265 Grand Ave. in Oakland, was designed by Emeryville-based Robert Fink of Fink Architecture as a destination that seamlessly blends dining, shopping locally and socializing.

It’s a place to sit and visit over a morning cup of Linea coffee, pastries and Humphry Slocombe ice cream served up through the window of a snazzy 1946 blue and silver Spartan Mansion trailer. It’s also a place to enjoy a sandwich, salad or a cheese and charcuterie board in the shady courtyard — and it’s a place to pick up dinner or linger over a plate of oysters and a glass of wine of an evening. The idea, Washington says, was for Grand Fare to be the “one stop” for a great meal any time of day. … Continue reading »

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To Die For: Kao Mun Gai at Hawker Fare

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Everyone knows that when eating at In-N-Out Burger, the Double-Double Animal Style is the burger to get. It’s not on the official menu, but anyone with an Internet connection and a Google bookmark can learn that if they’re not eating a double cheeseburger smothered in grilled onions and special sauce, they’re not getting the true In-N-Out experience. Much of a restaurant’s popularity in this age of Yelp depends on fanatic Internet reviews and subsequent adoration of particular dishes just like the Animal Style burger. Sometimes these dishes actually reflect the essence of a restaurant’s identity, while other times they are simply too bold and nutty to ignore. In this column, we’ll be taking a look at many of the East Bay’s popular restaurants through the lens of a single sought-after dish. We’ll aim to learn if the food is a bunch of hype, or is is in fact “to die for.”  

Hawker Fare’s 2011 opening press was brimming with eager anticipation — the chef behind the operation, James Syhabout, had already received Michelin-level praise for his ethereal take on Californian cuisineat Commis. With his casual second restaurant, he planned to explore Thai street food with an eye towards simplicity. Indeed, the menu at Hawker Fare lists little more than sides and rice dishes — far from the elevated cuisine for which Syhabout had previously been known. While some imagined his new restaurant would be an Oakland version of David Chang’s Momofuku, Syhabout (and his trusty head chef Justin Yu) has instead embraced relatively stripped down preparations of Thai dishes. Sure, pickles, bacon lardons, and dried shrimp abound across the short menu, but these each have their place; there is no bacon for bacon’s sake. … Continue reading »

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Claremont’s Thomsen named a rising star

Chef Josh Thomsen of Meritage at the Claremont Hotel - Berkeley,
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Josh Thomsen (left), executive chef at the Claremont Hotel, has been named a rising star by online magazine StarChefs.com.

Thomsen joined the Claremont last year to oversee the transformation of its previous restaurant, Jordan’s, into the Meritage. He also oversees the Paragon Bar and Cafe. He worked at the world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, as well as several restaurants in Las Vegas, including the Mansion at the MGM Grand Hotel and the Tao Restaurant, before coming to … Continue reading »

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