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Bites: Nick and Aron’s closes, Craft Beer Cellar, more

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NICK AND ARON’S IS NO MORE After being open for only seven months, Nick and Aron’s has closed. The Temescal restaurant announced the closure on Facebook, and its last day of service was Nov. 16. Nick and Aron’s was the second restaurant from Aron Ford and Nick Yapor-Cox, who also own Nick’s Pizza on Shattuck Avenue. The full-service restaurant built upon Nick’s pizza menu, serving dishes like wood-roasted chicken and meatballs in addition to Nick’s signature “Oakland-style” pies. Nick and Aron’s also served a killer breakfast and baked goods menu, and will surely be missed by the neighborhood. According to the Facebook post, the restaurant was “no longer able to pay the high costs of running a large operation.” Ford and Yapor-Cox did say that they have “been so welcomed by the neighborhood, and it breaks our hearts to stop service.” Nick’s Pizza will remain open. Nick and Aron’s was at 4316 Telegraph Ave. (at 44th Street), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook. Nick’s Pizza is at 6211 Shattuck Ave. (at 62nd Street), Oakland. Connect with Nick’s Pizza on Facebook.Continue reading »

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Bites: Butcher’s Son to University, Gather’s new chef

The Butcher's Son is planning on opening on University Avenue before the end of the year. Photo: The Butcher's Son
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VEGAN BUTCHER SHOP LIKELY HEADED TO UNIVERSITY The Butcher’s Son, the vegan butcher shop and deli that originally planned on opening on Solano Avenue, is now very close to securing a new location on University Avenue. Owner Peter Fikaris confirmed that he and his sister, and co-owner Christina Stobing, have already negotiated a lease for the shop’s new location, in what is currently the Greek restaurant Athineon at 1914A University Ave. Fikaris and Stobing have applied for a liquor license for the space, and they will likely be able to get the keys to the restaurant once the license transfer is complete. This newest iteration of The Butcher’s Son will be “less bakery” and “more deli,” said Fikaris, and will include dinner service once the deli is up and running. Fikaris describes the future restaurant as an “old Italian spaghetti and meatball place with a selection of different pasta and pizza dishes” — all vegan, of course. On the deli side, The Butcher’s Son will offer vegan meats, cheeses, salads and sides, plus a selection of bagels, sandwiches, pastries and desserts. Everything will be made in-house. Fikaris hopes to open in two to three months. The Butcher’s Son will be at 1914 A University Ave., (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley. Connect with the deli on FacebookContinue reading »

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Bites: Continental Club, Wolfhound Bar, more

West Oakland's Continental Club has a new owner, and may be re-opening its doors soon. Photo: Google maps
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CONTINENTAL CLUB COULD BE GETTING A FRESH START The Continental Club, an iconic West Oakland music venue and comedy club, was once host to countless jazz and blues stars in the 1960s. It was originally opened as a gumbo restaurant in 1947 by owners Curtis and Ross Christy; by the 1950s, the brothers had added a live music component to the restaurant, calling it Ramboogie. In 1961, the duo renovated and expanded the club. From then on, the space was known as the Continental Club. Situated on 12th Street in the Prescott neighborhood of West Oakland, the club fell onto hard times in the 1970s and never seemed to recover. Comedian Pharaoh bought the club in 2010, but shuttered it a few years later. Now, it seems that the club has changed hands once again. New owner Magnolia Entertainment has applied for a liquor license for an eating establishment, which is now pending. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. The Continental Club is at 1658 12th St. (at Campbell Street), Oakland.Continue reading »

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Bites: Oakland raises minimum wage, more news

Coffee. Brunch at Camino in February 2015. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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OAKLAND RAISES MINIMUM WAGE Oakland’s minimum wage went up to $12.25 on Monday. Many local restaurants are in support of the wage hike, and have been actively informing customers that prices will rise as a result. Restaurant owners and their staff have joined in on a hashtag campaign, #oaklandlivingwage, to garner city-wide support for small businesses. Piedmont Avenue’s Homestead and Dopo, as well as Camino on Grand Avenue, have made the most drastic changes to their pay structure: all have eliminated tips and increased prices to accommodate the increased wage for employees. Aunt Mary’s Café and Toast have added 15% service charges to their bills to be divided up among the entire staff. Guests may tip in addition to the service charge. Other restaurants will simply raise prices to make up for the wage increase. Actual Café‘s Sal Bednarz has been an active supporter of the wage hike, despite the challenges he and other business owners are facing. In a press conference on Wednesday with Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, he said: “It was a difficult thing for me to do as a business owner, and I’m still unsure what the ongoing customer impact will be of having done that. We’re here today to remind all of Oakland that we’re doing this for good reasons. Spend your dollar where your vote was. Support the minimum wage increase by supporting small businesses in Oakland.”  … Continue reading »

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Bites: More breweries to open; B-Side BBQ closes

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TWO NEW EAST BAY BREWERIES Two new breweries are getting very close to up and running. In Berkeley, Fieldwork Brewing Company, which we reported on in both April and August last year, is putting the final touches on its beers. Fieldwork will be sharing some of its brews during SF Beer Week, and will hold a few private tastings in the coming weeks. Further south, Park Street’s Alameda Island Brewing Company reports on Facebook that all of its tests and inspections of its brewing facility are complete. Its tasting room looks pretty spiffy, too. We’ll keep you posted on the opening days for both of these new spots. Fieldwork Brewing Company will be at 1160 Sixth St. (at Harrison), Berkeley. Follow Fieldwork Brewing on Facebook and Twitter, and on its website. Alameda Island Brewing Company will be at 1716 Park St. (at Eagle), Alameda. Connect with Alameda Island Brewing on Facebook.Continue reading »

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The best bets for SF Beer Week in the East Bay

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SF Beer Week, which kicks off on Friday, is a monster of an event, with countless happenings hosted across the Bay Area over the course of ten days. Its online schedule is almost impossibly long, even when it filters out events outside of the East Bay. But don’t be discouraged — we’ve done the hard work for you and picked out our best bets for the week, including three Pliny the Younger sightings and an array of sweet (and less-so) events for Valentine’s Day.


“Lost in the Woods” at The Good Hop This New Belgium-sponsored tasting is your only opportunity to taste the 2015 La Foile, a Flanders-style sour brown ale, and the 2015 Transatlantique Kriek, a lambic produced in collaboration with Belgium’s Oud Beersel. They’ll also be pouring a third New Belgium barrel-aged sour one-off and will hold a web-toast with the different brewers. The $40 event includes three 5-ounce tastings, food pairings, a globe glass and one 22-ounce bottle of La Folie or Transatlantique Kriek to take home. Those not wishing to pay the ticket price can still taste the beers on their own, but they will be served at full price.
Saturday Feb. 7, 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. The Good Hop, 2421 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.Continue reading »

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Bites: Bay Grape, Building 43, Communitē Table, more

Bay Grape has opened in Oakland. Photo: Bay Grape Wine Shop
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BAY GRAPE: NOW OPEN IN OAKLAND Stevie Stacionis and Josiah Baldivino share the news that their Grand Avenue wine shop, Bay Grape, is finally open in Oakland, as of Monday. The husband-and-wife team describe the business as a “wine shop focused on community,” and “a physical gathering spot dedicated to building and preserving relationships with and between our guests.” Wine bottles are sold to-go, or can be enjoyed on-site for the retail price and a $5 corkage fee. Classes and tastings are slated to start in September, with a grand opening party scheduled for Sept. 6 from 5-9 p.m. Bay Grape is open at 376 Grand Ave. in Oakland. Connect with Bay Grape on its website, Facebook and Twitter.
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Bites: Breads of India is back, Le Petit Cheval is no more

Deejis Bakery and Cafe, Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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DEEJIS BAKERY & CAFE Offering lots of sweet treats and specializing in bubble teas, Deejis Bakery  & Café opened in September in Uptown Oakland. The owners are Mongolian and make some speciality Mongolian cakes. There is a variety of pastries, cake slices, cupcakes, cookies, and coffee and juices are on offer as well as the teas. Early reports are mostly positive. The honeydew drink and black tea milk tea get special mentions. The bakery also makes celebratory cakes to order. Note there’s a charge for credit cards, so best to bring cash. Deejis is at 367 17th St. (between Webster and Franklin). … Continue reading »

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East Bay feasts on New Year’s Eve

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Oakland and Berkeley offer many fine spots for memorable meals and ringing in the new year on Dec. 31. We’ve pulled together a list. Continue reading »

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Homestead: Seasonal, effortless cooking done right

Homestead. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The first thing I noticed when I sat down next to the long, open kitchen at Homestead was the abundance of women in the kitchen. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen four women running the line, let alone the gorgeous wood-fired oven here. Yes, co-owner Fred Sassen was expediting, but otherwise, the only men on staff that night were clearing tables or taking an occasional table order.

It was gratifying. With the exception of wonderfully fun Juhu Beach Club on Telegraph and crowd favorite Miss Ollie’s in Old Oakland, it feels like too many of the popular new East Bay restaurants are for those who like macho, dude-food. Ramen Shop, Hopscotch, Tribune Tavern, and (forthcoming) Box and Bells are all big, bold, loud.

Homestead is subtler in its detail, effortlessly melding California cuisine with Southern comfort and a scrappy, DIY ethos.

Owners Fred and Elizabeth Sassen opened their new restaurant in a prime location on Piedmont Avenue earlier this summer. The restaurant’s name pays homage to Elizabeth Sassen’s family’s plot of homesteaded land in Wyoming, and hints at their intent to produce everything from scratch. It’s not a particularly novel concept, but it can be a great one — as long as these house-made staples are made with care. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Homestead on Piedmont Avenue

Homestead, August 2013, Oakland, CA. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Homestead, which opened on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland in August. After a major renovation that brightened up the old Zatis space at 4029 Piedmont, Homestead is a welcome addition to the avenue with its focus on local, seasonal and organic fare. Husband-and-wife team Fred and Elizabeth Sassen have, between them, worked at Camino, Farallon and Waterbar. The menu changes often and many of the products, from the charcuterie to the pasta, are made in-house. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »

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Contest: Name that nosh 09.04.13

Homestead, Name that nosh, Sept. 4, 2013. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Think you know food in the East Bay? Prove it by naming the restaurant and dish in the comments section below to win our latest contest. Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new in East Bay food XXXIV

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SLIDERBAR SliderBar, the small-burger place with locations in Palo Alto and San Francisco, will be opening its third restaurant, at 2124 Center St. between Oxford and Shattuck, in the former location of the Green Earth Café, according to Inside Scoop and the restaurant’s Facebook page. The opening is about two weeks away, and the owner, Ashwani Dhawan, is promising to give away 1,000 sliders on Aug. 24. The beef sliders are all Niman Ranch or Kobe beef. There will be some new flavors offered in Berkeley, including a “concoction of corned beef, gold sauce, and sauerkraut,” dubbed the Red and Gold, according to Inside Scoop. No, that title is not named for Cal’s nemesis, Stanford, but the San Francisco 49ers. … Continue reading »

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