East Bay eating place openings and closings in July

East Bay restaurant openings and closings in July

Fabrizio and Eleonora Cercatore stand in masks outside of Passione Emporio in Berkeley.
Siblings Fabrizio and Eleonora Cercatore in entrance of Passione Emporio in Berkeley. Photograph: Joanna Della Penna

The COVID-era curler coaster continues, with East Bay foods and drinks venues — lots of them simply reopening after brief closure — pivoting to securely accommodate out of doors eating, contact-free takeout and supply. Others, like Corso, are taking a much-needed relaxation to think again. Nosh continues to refresh native lists and supply up-to-date food-related information and indicators for the neighborhood. Greater than ever, we respect and hope to fortify the individuals of the meals and repair industries at this unsure and dangerous time.

The next pieces highlight the East Bay eateries which might be model new, ones that experience closed for nice and a couple of which might be on indefinite hiatus. 

If of others, please tell us within the feedback or via emailing nosh@berkeleyside.com.


The hamachi crudo — raw yellowtail, pickled grape, breakfast radish, roe and yuzu kosho coconut cream — from Abstract Table at Cafenated Coffee Company in Berkeley. Photo: Cafenated Coffee Company
The hamachi crudo — uncooked yellowtail, pickled grape, breakfast radish, roe and yuzu kosho coconut cream — from Summary Desk will also be ordered for pickup or out of doors eating at Cafenated Espresso Corporate in Berkeley. Photograph: Cafenated Espresso Corporate

ABSTRACT TABLE AT CAFENATED COFFEE COMPANY Summary Desk, the high-end, art-inspired pop-up from Duncan Kwitkor and Andrew Greene, previously hosted via Oakland eatery The Gastropig, has moved to Cafenated Espresso Corporate in North Berkeley. Shoppers can order takeout or make out of doors eating reservations Thursday thru Sunday evenings on the cafe’s pretty again patio. Summary Desk at Cafenated Espresso, 2085 Vine St. (between Henry Side road and Shattuck Street), Berkeley

THE CHEF KITCHEN Open now for take-out and supply on the campus finish of College Street is The Chef Kitchen, within the former Style of Pakistan spot. It options Indian and Pakistani meals and wraps. The Chef Kitchen, 2160 College Ave. (at Oxford Side road), Berkeley

DELHI DINER BERKELEY Opened July 15, this Indian eatery on Telegraph Street comes from husband-and-wife house owners Krishna and Subhash Arora, whose sit-down Indian eating place Delhi Diner has been an Albany staple for seven years. The brand new Berkeley location stocks a menu with the Solano Street eating place, yet the focal point is on transportable, budget-friendly boulevard meals. Vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners remember: There are many possible choices for you right here. Open for lunch and dinner Monday thru Saturday, to head or for supply best. Delhi Diner Berkeley, 2400 Telegraph Ave. (at Channing Means), Berkeley

PASSIONE EMPORIO In line with the present disaster, and without having for a eating room simply but, busy restaurateur Fabrizio Cercatore has opened the door to Passione Emporio in West Berkeley. Regardless of the grand-sounding identify, the informal venue is an easy threshold takeout counter for now, promoting wood-fired pizzas in 10-inch and 14-inch sizes; lasagna (for each carnivores and vegetarians); and Cercatore’s personal Passione-brand natural retail merchandise — pizza dough, dried pasta and gelato made via his sister and co-owner, chef Eleonora Cercatore. Passione Emporio additionally sells wine to head — a mini “emporium” good for presently. (Cercatore’s Passione Caffe in downtown Berkeley is quickly closed as of remaining week, despite the fact that in satisfied information it’ll welcome Puerto Rican eatery Los angeles Perla for pop-u.s.beginning in August.) Passione Emporio, 2324 5th St. (between Bancroft Means and Channing Means), Berkeley


ANIMAL PLACE’S VEGAN REPUBLIC The Berkeley vegan strong point shop closes its doorways for nice lately after 5 years at 1624 College Ave. In line with its site, “gross sales declined considerably because the starting of Covid-19,” in spite of the shop’s efforts to pivot to an internet type. (Even if the pandemic most likely hammered the remaining nails in its coffin, Vegan Republic have been struggling monetary losses even ahead of COVID-19 reared its unsightly head — remaining 12 months, the trade put out a plea for fortify.) Opened in February 2014 below the identify Republic of V, it was once the primary 100% vegan grocery shop within the Bay House. In 2015, it modified names when founders Joe Haptas and Noelle Callahan bought the marketplace to Grass Valley nonprofit sanctuary Animal Position. Since then, all income from the shop have long past to serving to rescued livestock residing on the sanctuary.

The Snack Shack's sign sits in front of a trash can outside the former space.
The Snack Shack has closed for nice. We noticed the signal via the trash can out of doors. Photograph: Joanna Della Penna

SNACK SHACK This Northside favourite for burgers, fries, milkshakes and beer moved across the nook from Hearst to Euclid in overdue 2019, holding each homes and renaming the unique, smaller spot Snack Field. Regardless of nice opinions, the growth was once short-lived: Snack Field closed inside of two months, and despite the fact that the higher-visibility Snack Shack had promise, it closed at the side of the whole thing else in March and, Nosh has showed, will stay closed for nice. Snack Shack was once at 1828 Euclid Ave.


ALKALI RYE Jessica Moncada and Kori Chen’s strong point bottle store and tasting room is now open. As first reported in Bites in February, Alkali Rye takes over the previous Alchemy Bottle Store and is now promoting craft spirits, herbal wine and beer, at the side of tea and occasional. Alkali Rye is lately open for in-store buying groceries (11 a.m to six p.m., Tuesday thru Sunday), and on Wednesdays, is the East Bay pickup spot for bento packing containers from San Francisco’s Rintaro. Alkali Rye, 3256 Grand Ave. (between Lake Park Street and Mandana Street), Oakland

THE DAMEL Afro-Brazilian eating place The Damel, previously a pop-up throughout the 25th St. Taproom, has discovered a house of its personal in downtown Oakland in what was once Suya Afro-Caribbean Grill on Broadway. Chef Oumar Diouf’s savory fare — empanadas, acaraje (Brazilian fritters), Senegalese dibi made with halal grilled lamb chops or hen, and lots extra — is to be had for take-out or third-party supply. Word: Stay an eye fixed out for a Damel meals truck, rumored to start out running quickly. The Damel, 1312 Broadway (between 13th and 14th streets), Oakland

The catfish po' boy from JusLa Eats, now operating out of Palmetto in Oakland. Photo: JusLa Eats
The catfish po’ boy from JusLa Eats, now running out of Palmetto in Oakland. Photograph: JusLa Eats

JUSLA EATS AT PALMETTO Bites tell us about this pop-up reanimating temporarily-closed Palmetto, serving soulful Cajun and Southern delicacies (by means of California) from chef LaLa Harrison. There are fried hen and biscuit sandwiches. There are blackened catfish beer-battered tacos. And there are Southern-style burritos stuffed with crimson beans and rice, cornbread disintegrate, shrimp, gravy — you heard us, the menu is right here. Jusla Eats at Palmetto, 1900 Telegraph Ave. (at 19th Side road), Oakland

THE KITCHEN AT ROCKY’S MARKET We reported in this lovely new Brooklyn Basin marketplace’s opening in April, and this month, Bites had the news at the shop’s new eatery, The Kitchen at Rocky’s Marketplace. For now, casual-but-coveted eats — together with Boichik Bagels and Starter Bakery pastries, vintage egg dishes, a child’s menu and soft-serve ice cream — will also be loved to head or at the spacious waterfront patio. The Kitchen at Rocky’s Marketplace, 288 9th Ave. (between Brooklyn Basin Means and Clinton Lane), Oakland

A plate of tacos from La Frontera Mexican Restaurant in Oakland. Photo: La Frontera Mexican Restaurant
Los angeles Frontera Mexican Eating place gives $1 tacos on Tuesdays from 8-10 p.m. Photograph: Los angeles Frontera Mexican Eating place

LA FRONTERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT We overlooked this one previous within the 12 months, however it’s by no means too overdue to say sizzling new taco spots, specifically the ones recognized for his or her quesabirria. Proprietor Valentino Carrillo opened Los angeles Frontera in February, and is lately serving to boost the standard of pandemic lifestyles with offers like $1 Taco Tuesdays, and beneficiant taco family members packs to head. Out of doors seating may be to be had; the eating place is open day-to-day at nine a.m. Los angeles Frontera Mexican Eating place, 4481 Global Blvd. (at 45th Street), Oakland

MASABAGA Some other expected newcomer boldly opened mid-worldwide-crisis, Masabaga, within the house that previously housed Hutch Bar & Kitchen, includes a spare, trendy menu of Jap-inflected, burger-like sandwiches to be had for take-out. There are 3 to be had for now: the Saba, made with Norwegian mackerel; the signature Masabaga, cradling a slab of panko-coated, deep-fried yellowfin or bigeye tuna abdominal; and a real burger crafted with American wagyu, at the side of easy provides akin to a inexperienced salad, fries and strong point tapioca crackers. Proprietor is chef Masa Sasaki, the Michelin-starred sushi chef previously of Maruya and chef-owner of Sasaki in San Francisco; spouse is Chikara Ono, chef-restaurateur of AS B Dama, Delage (the place Sasaki was once opening chef in 2016) and Utzutzu. Uptown has given the venue, its bagas and (curry) fries an especially heat welcome thus far. Masabaga, 2022 Telegraph Ave. (between 20th and 21st streets), Oakland

OAKLANDIA CAFE Readers introduced small-but-mighty Oaklandia Cafe to our consideration, reborn from former Espresso Roma simply ahead of the pandemic hit, and now reopened for housemade bread and pastries, sandwiches and facets for breakfast and lunch, and Mr. Coffee espresso beverages to head. Its decadent Black & Brown latte is made with caramel, darkish chocolate and whipped cream. Sure, please. Oaklandia Cafe, 371 30th St. (between Summit and Webster streets), Oakland

OAKLAND STREET FOOD CO. Now softly open is Oakland Side road Meals Co., within the former Camburger spot, with a menu of tangy, highly spiced, fusion-y native favorites for take-out (tacos, lumpia, gumbo) that glance severely tasty. Oakland Side road Meals Co., 430 13th St. (at Broadway), Oakland

PHILLY’S BEST Enthusiastic opinions thus far for the primary Bay House location of this franchise, born in 1992 in Southern California, by means of Philadelphia. Cheesesteak sandwiches and hoagies — together with a handsome Italian — are made with Amoroso’s rolls; TastyKakes and Taylor Ham had been spied at the menu. East Coasters, we’re talking your language and can see you there. Philly’s Easiest, 8460 Edgewater Dr. (at Hegenberger Highway), Oakland

RUBY Q SMOKE FUSION There’s some large power coming from the course of the Aloha Membership nowadays. The 100-year-old bar has hosted Los angeles Grana Fish truck since April and is now additionally house to new fish fry startup Ruby Q Smoke Fusion. While some eateries are quietly surviving the pandemic, Ruby Q has hit its new kitchen and take-out window, smartly, smokin’. Together with smoked meat via the pound (brisket, spare ribs, hen), smoked quesadillas, nachos, and Louisiana-style seafood gumbo, there also are smoked veggies and a menu of vegan choices, all to be had to head or to devour at the out of doors patio. Ruby Q Smoke Fusion, 954 Fruitvale Ave. (at East 10th Side road), Oakland

TWINS HALAL HOUSE & BAKERY Nourishing, natural Afghan meals is on be offering at this new, family-owned McClymonds community eatery, that includes rice dishes, salads, gyro and fresh-baked Afghan breads and muffins to head. Open day-to-day from 10 a.m. Twins Halal Area & Bakery, 2608 Marketplace St. (between 26th and 27th streets), Oakland


INDEPENDENT BREWING COMPANY The Chronicle first reported the shuttering this month of Steve McDaniel’s Impartial Brewing Corporate, opened in Jack London Sq. in 2014. The community brewery — recognized for ales akin to Sticky Zipper IPA (McDaniel’s signature, honed all through his years with the Oakland Brewing Corporate) Fly Entice Amber and The city Biz lager — was once a cool, independent-yet-inclusive amassing position that controlled to guide (it was once the primary brewery to the touch down in that house) and concurrently shrug off developments. Reside bands, DJs, artists, canines, children —all had been welcome right here, and for regulars, the closure is a sour pils to swallow. Impartial Brewing Corporate was once at 444 Harrison St.

KOREAN SOUEL BBQ Korean Souel BBQ, of the much-praised bibimbap and engaging spelling that was once neither “soul” nor “Seoul” yet most likely supposed to awaken each, closed this spring after 3 years. Nick’s Pizza is plotting a transfer into the newly-free house, that features a small, fence-bound patio. Korean Souel BBQ was once at 6400 Shattuck Ave.

Zero-waste grocery store and cafe MudLab has moved into the former Perch Coffee House. Photo: Sarah Han
0-waste grocery shop and cafe MudLab has moved into the previous Perch Espresso Area. Photograph: Sarah Han

PERCH Perch Espresso Area served its remaining cup of espresso remaining month, as first reported via the Chronicle. The cafe’s unexpected announcement on Instagram described the duration of its run as from “2014 to COVID-19.” The roomy, very visual house inside of view of Lake Merritt is now the brand new location of MudLab. Perch was once at 440 Grand Ave.

STAY GOLD TEMESCAL Bites first reported this months-old loss for Temescal; sandwich-lovers at Nosh have excessive hopes that the West Oakland location of Keep Gold will keep open. (It’s quickly closed for now.) Keep Gold Temescal was once at 4935 Shattuck Ave.

SUN SING PASTRY DIM SUM Hoodline stories that the longtime Oakland Chinatown dim sum bakery has closed. It was once at 382 8th St.

SUYA AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN GRILL (BROADWAY) Simply ahead of The Damel moved in, Oakland stated good-bye remaining month to the three-year-old downtown department of Suya African-Caribbean Grill. Word to lovers: Although this and the Berkeley Suya places closed this 12 months, Suya at 408 22nd St. remains to be open and busy. Suya Caribbean Grill Broadway was once at 1312 Broadway.


EL GARAGE It didn’t want a lot lend a hand given its already huge fanbase, yet since Eater SF’s Luke Tsai unfold the phrase of this family-run birria eatery’s first brick-and-mortar (previously a cottage trade out in their driveway), let’s simply say El Storage has been promoting out briefly. Order on-line to sign up for the affected person weekend consumers, covered up for the Montano family members’s famed birria tacos without or with cheese, cups of additional consomme and beneficiant aguas frescas. El Storage, 1428 Macdonald Ave. (between 15th Side road and Marina Means), Richmond.


Cabbage soup and borscht are offered for lunch or dinner at Mama Papa Lithuania.
We’ll pass over the hearty cabbage soup and borscht at Mama Papa Lithuania. Photograph: Mama Papa Lithuania

MAMA PAPA LITHUANIA RESTAURANT & TEA HOUSE Nowadays marks the remaining day for this captivating Alameda eating place and beer lawn, the “best Lithuanian eating place at the West Coast,” recognized for hearty specialties akin to pierogies, borscht, dumplings, sausages and filled cabbage rolls, in addition to its menu of Japanese Ecu beers, subtle amber tea and wealthy muffins (the honey cake!). Opened in 2013, via proprietor Vaidas Sukys, the Bay House can thank the landlord’s tireless mom, chef Danute Sukiene, for its advent to Lithuanian delicacies. In line with the Chronicle, Sukys is ultimate up store to pursue politics in his house nation. Mama Papa Lithuania was once at 1241 Park St. in Alameda.

MIRAGLIA CATERING COMPANY The 72-year-old, family-owned catering corporate says it’s any other sufferer of the coronavirus. In an interview with ABC7, proprietor Cheryl Miraglia stated that whilst the trade opened all through International Struggle II and had triumph over nice demanding situations over its lengthy tenure — together with “the dot-com loss of life,” her husband’s middle transplant and the 2008 recession — the present pandemic was once simply too tricky for the corporate to stay going. Miraglia was once best getting about 7% of its standard trade when it made up our minds to name it quits.

PRIMA RISTORANTE Italian eating place PRIMA started its lifestyles in 1977, as delicatessen Walnut Creek Wine & Cheese from house owners Michael and Janet Verlander. Impressed via a meal in Italy, the Verlanders expanded the gap within the overdue 1980s right into a mixed Italian eating place and wine store, sooner or later settling at the umbrella identify PRIMA, and for many years the venue drew a devoted following and family-like group of workers. In 2005, the Verlanders bought PRIMA to 2 relied on crew individuals, chef Peter Chastain and wine director John Rittmaster, who in combination maintained the venue’s recognition for 15 extra years, till the pandemic compelled them to first quickly after which completely shut the eating place. Chastain has departed; Rittmaster will keep directly to run PRIMA Vini, the wine store department of PRIMA, which stays open. Prima Ristorante was once at 1520 North Major St. in Walnut Creek.

Closed for now

The pandemic has ended in trade casualties, but additionally a unusual state of limbo for lots of temporarily-closed venues. Some are calling it quits, “for now,” and hoping to go back; some are in a kind of stasis, much less obviously reopening or totally closed. If we listen of a cafe made up our minds to reopen inside of a couple of weeks or months, we received’t point out it right here. The next are spots whose hiatuses appear a little bit extra indefinite.

CRACKED SANDWICH Nosh would really like to understand what may well be subsequent for this small, pleasant staff of breakfast-sandwich artisans who’ve now not reopened because the March lockdown, and whose site and make contact with appear to have long past inactive. We’re rooting for each Draw Billiards and Cracked to climate this disaster. Cracked was once a pop-up inside of Draw Billiards at 64 Shattuck Sq., Berkeley

4505 BURGERS & BBQ The day prior to this, 4505 Burgers & BBQ took to Instagram with a somber announcement: Its Oakland location could be closed indefinitely. It’s a large blow for the East Bay depot of Ryan Farr’s well-liked San Francisco fish fry joint, which had best been in operation for a 12 months, and had persisted 3 years of delays and setbacks to open within the former Glenn’s Scorching Canine location on MacArthur Street. The pandemic, despite the fact that, has no empathy, and in spite of the “crew’s exhausting paintings and fortify from the Laurel neighborhood,” the eating place made up our minds ultimate its doorways is its most suitable option for now. 4505’s San Francisco location stays open, and the trade hints that it has some plans within the works to go back to the East Bay “in a brand new, inventive method.” Wager we’ll simply have to attend and spot. 4505 Burgers & BBQ Oakland was once at 3506 Macarthur Blvd.

SPICE MONKEY RESTAURANT & BAR We noticed the scoop on Instagram and visited to verify that chef Kanitha Matoury’s Spice Monkey has closed. The beautiful, eclectic eating place throughout the Howden development opened in 2007, and was once a bastion for globally encouraged delicacies and are living occasions, specifically are living comedy, which, without or with the pandemic, turns out to have dwindling native retailers. A Señor Sisig meals truck and parklet stays up and operating in entrance of the eating place and Matoury’s Howden Marketplace stays open, however the Spice Monkey crew have stated farewell for now. We are hoping to look the eating place reemerge after this disaster is over. Spice Monkey was once at 1628 Webster St., Oakland

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