Tag Archives: Off the Grid
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 »
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 »
Off the Grid is launching a new lunchtime market on Saturdays at Emeryville Public Market at 5959 Shellmound St. The first gathering will take place on Saturday Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot near the Public Market’s main entrance.
It’s the second Emeryville location for Off The Grid. A selection of food trucks congregates on Haven Street and Park Avenue on Wednesdays from 11-2pm.
Off the Grid: Public Market Emeryville will offer eight rotating trucks including: Vietnamese specialist Little Green Cyclo, Indian street food purveyor Curry Up Now, Lobsta Truck, We Sushi, Mayo and Mustard, which offers deli sandwiches, German food spot Little Red Riding Truck, falafel and shawarma truck Sajj, Cluck it Up which serves chicken wings, empanada place El Poretno, Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken, and sweet treat spot Garden Creamery. … Continue reading »
A new weekly food truck market is coming to Uptown Oakland starting next week, on Monday, July 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. It will be the city’s second following the launch in early 2013 of a Lake Merritt market that takes place outside the Oakland Museum of California every Friday evening.
Off the Grid: Uptown Oakland will be located outside The Uptown apartment complex on Williams Street and Telegraph Avenue, near the Fox Theater. Food trucks slated to participate on a rotating basis include Roderick’s BBQ, burger and brunch vendor Doc’s of the Bay, Argentine empanadas specialist El Porteno, sweet treat purveyor Garden Creamery, meat maestros Out of the Cave, sliders and fries guys Whip Out, Japanese crêperie J Shack, Frozen Kuhsterd, Ebbett’s Good to Go, and Mediterranean mavens SAJJ. … Continue reading »
The deployment of neon-clad “ambassadors” to paint over graffiti, power-wash streets, and sweep sidewalks along Telegraph Avenue is the latest in a series of attempts to revitalize a business district which has seen better days.
The “Big Splash” effort by Kentucky-based firm Block by Block began March 14, kicking off a year-long, $240,000 ambassador pilot program on Telegraph. Ambassadors have been engaged in a similar revitalization effort in downtown Berkeley since early 2012.
Telegraph Avenue — cherished by some for its political history and quirky institutions, and avoided by others for its large transient population and public drug use — has faced steep declines in sales tax revenue over the past several years. Rat-infested empty lots and graffiti-covered vacant storefronts have not helped the situation. … Continue reading »
44 RESTAURANT & BAR Mark Jones and Ramone Smith have just opened 44 Restaurant & Bar at 3290 Adeline St. in the space that used to be Addie’s Pizza Pie, and was, for a short while, Next Door Restaurant. Jones and Smith moved from a smaller location in Hercules to the 4,000-square-foot Berkeley space. Kenneth Wynn is the executive chef, and the menu is described as “new American.” Next Door, which was opened by Henry Alvarez, the former head of San Francisco’s Housing Authority, and his wife Dionne Roberts, closed a couple of weeks ago and posted a sign saying it was “redecorating/creating a new concept.” Of 44, Berkeleysider Marcus tells us: “The food has always been good at the old location: give them a shot.” 44 is open from 4 p.m. for dinner Wednesdays through Sunday. … Continue reading »
Tonight is the last night for Off The Grid’s Southside Berkeley food truck market which has been taking place once a week — with a few breaks, a day change, and one slight shift in venue — since it launched in July 2012.
The market, which is on the east side of Haste Street at Telegraph, has seen a steady decline in the number of customers, many of whom have been UC Berkeley students, according to Roland Peterson, director of the Telegraph Avenue Business Improvement District.
“The first few weeks were really popular,” Peterson said, “but it has slowed down a lot since then.” … Continue reading »
Food truck organization Off The Grid has confirmed it will start a new Berkeley market on Sunday Feb. 9. As expected, the new location is the North Berkeley BART parking lot, and the market, which will feature 10 or more trucks every week, will be open for dinner on Sundays, from 5:00-8:00p.m.
It will be the second weekly food truck gathering for Berkeley. Off the Grid is also on the south side of the Cal campus, at Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street, on Mondays from 5-8 p.m.
Trucks at the Feb. 9 launch will include Koja Kitchen (which recently opened a brick-and-mortar spot on Telegraph Avenue); Kasa India; sliders and fry vendor WhipOut!; Liba Falafel (which is slated to open a restaurant in Uptown Oakland this summer); burrito makers Burr-Eatery; and Lexie’s Frozen Custard. … Continue reading »
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 »
The popular food truck event Off the Grid may be headed back to North Berkeley if a deal pending between the organization and BART is successful, officials announced Monday.
According to a statement released by Councilwoman Linda Maio’s office Monday, “An agreement with BART is developing to have food trucks at the North Berkeley BART called ‘Off the Grid.'” … Continue reading »
HOMESTEAD Homestead, a new restaurant under the helm of co-owners and husband-and-wife team Fred and Elizabeth Sassen, is scheduled to open Aug. 1 in the 1920s Julia Morgan building at 4029 Piedmont Ave. (between 40th and 41st streets) in Oakland. It takes over the old Zatis space. Sassen, formerly of Camino, will run the kitchen and he is planning an “upscale farm-to-table menu” prepared with seasonal, often locally sourced, organic ingredients. Think baked ricotta with peaches, coppa and grilled bread; shaved summer squash salad with fried padrones and goat cheese; and grilled shrimp, with spicy romano beans and garlicky cucumbers. Main dishes ($18 to $24) could include ratatouille with a poached farm egg, chiles and minted yogurt; salt baked turbot with roasted potato, torpedo onions and hollandaise; and chili rubbed slow cooked pork with creamed corn and cherry tomatoes. Dinner hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 5-10 p.m. … Continue reading »
OFF THE GRID The Southside Berkeley Off the Grid site will be relatively quiet for the rest of the summer, as the food trucks will be taking a month-long break from the area after Thursday, July 25. They will reopen at their spot at Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 26, when they will kick off the new season with live music. Once they return, loyal truck-goers can expect to find a rotating set of vendors there every Monday until 9 p.m. (Hat-tip: Alina.)
186 CAFE A sign in the window of the former Green Earth Café, which closed in April, indicates that a new business called 186 Café has applied for a change of ownership for the space at 2124 Center St. According to the sign, 186 Café has applied for licenses to sell both food and alcoholic beverages. The space was extensively remodeled to include a full kitchen — complete with two pizza ovens — by the owners of Green Earth Café, who opened their eatery in 2012, but they were forced to close for personal reasons. … Continue reading »