This week's Bites is full of good news — Mr. Dewie's has opened in Albany, Noodle Theory Provisions is now open, Perdition Smokehouse's beer list may rise again and much more.
Big news for Berkeley barbecue and beer fans: Perdition Smokehouse has closed suddenly. Details on this story, and much more, in this week's Bites.
This week in Bites, we have lots of beer and bar news, plus new brunch in Fruitvale and an abundance of Father's Day events in the East Bay.
Downtown Berkeley will host a new bar crawl called CupidCon on Saturday afternoon for Valentine's Day.
1. Los Cilantros
Dilsa Lugo opened Los Cilantros at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley in May after running her own catering business under the same name for several years, cooking for high-profile clients such as Isabel Allende along the way. Lugo, who arrived in the Bay Area in 2003 speaking no English, was helped by La Cocina, the nonprofit food business incubator in San Francisco’s Mission district that works with low-income female food entrepreneurs. Now the talented cook is serving up huevos divorciados, torta para desayuno and churros for the breakfast crowd, and carnitas, albondigas and tacos at lunchtime in La Peña’s café space. There’s also a weekend brunch. (See the full Los Cilantros menu.) The Chronicle called Los Cilantros’ slow-cooked barbacoa, which comes with a smoky almond salsa, “absurdly good.” Los Cilantros is at 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. [Read about Lugo’s path to opening her own restaurant.] (more…)
Summer is here and it's all about beer with the opening of The Good Hop Bottle Shop and Perdition Smokehouse to name just two new beer destinations.
American bistro Captain & Corset is live in Uptown Oakland, and BBQ spot Perdition Smokehouse opens June 20 in Berkeley.
Berkeley's hotly anticipated Westbrae Biergarten has soft opened, Old Oakland's The Cook and Her Farmer is live.
ONE MEDICAL GROUP The “fastest-growing primary care practice in the country” has opened an office in Berkeley, at 1801 Shattuck Ave. at Hearst. One Medical Group says it offers “high-quality care and modern conveniences that you wouldn’t find at your typical doctor’s office” and its services are “designed around patients’ needs and busy lifestyles.” One Medical is throwing an opening celebration at its new office on Thursday June 5 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. There will be food from Liba Falafel , wine and beer, and a raffle to win some local goodies. RSVPs are appreciated. (more…)
44 Restaurant & Bar has taken over the Next Door space in Berkeley, while farm-sourced food will be on the menu at Township in Oakland.
LOOK OUT, AUSTIN We brought you the news last week that a BBQ spot called Perdition Smokehouse would be taking over the space that was briefly Amadeus at 2050 University Ave. The Chronicle’s Inside Scoop reports that Chuck Stilphen, who runs The Trappist in Oakland, Ol Beercafé & Bottle Shop in Walnut Creek, and Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, is behind the venture. With chef Michael O’Brien at the grill, the plan is to provide Texas-style barbeque. Stilphen, known for his craft beers, told Inside Scoop: “Our main goal there is to provide good barbeque. The beer just kind of goes with it.” Stilphen hopes Perdition can be open in June. (more…)
To look forward to: a new wine bar, sushi restaurant, and smokehouse in Berkeley, and, this weekend, a tasting tour of local winemakers.