Sep 022014

Hopefully we’ll see ’em in mid-November on Telegraph!

Another Rosamunde Sausage Grill is coming to Oakland. The popular grilled-sausage-and-craft-beer eatery founded in San Francisco’s Lower Haight is planning a new location in the up-and-coming Temescal neighborhood. Owner Josh Margolis, who opened his first East Bay Rosamunde in Old Oakland’s Swan’s marketplace last year, confirmed he’s taking over the Good Bellies Café space at 4659 Telegraph Avenue, a stone’s throw from popular restaurants such as Burma Superstar, Doña Tomas, and Pizzaiolo. “We were eying the four- to five-block stretch of that neighborhood even before we moved into Old Oakland,” Margolis says. “With all the activity there and the other restaurants, we think it’s a great place to be.” Source: Inside Scoop SF

Jul 262013

Good to see this local favorite back so quickly after some vandals set a fire in their dumpster.  From SFChronicle’s Inside Scoop SF restaurant blog:

Nearly a week after vandals set fire to its trash cans and essentially shut down the restaurant, Oakland’s Hawker Fare will reopen tonight.

Chef-owner James Syhabout, sounding relieved, says PG&E came first thing Monday morning to repair the torched electrical meters. The cooks got back in the kitchen yesterday, and following a day worth of prep work, they plan to reopen for dinner service. Going forward, normal hours will be in effect.

· Previously: Oakland’s Hawker Fare closed indefinitely following fire set by vandals [Inside Scoop]

Hawker Fare: 2300 Webster St., near 23rd St, Oakland; (510) 832-8896 or

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Jul 262013

Diablo Magazine reports it’s looking like it’s on its way!

That’s right Chow fans, looks like the popular elevated comfort food restaurant could be coming to Oakland. Owner Tony Gulisano, who has opened Chow locations in Lafayette and Danville after launching the original two in San Francisco, is in negotiations to purchase a new space on Piedmont Avenue. The deal isn’t quite finalized, but according to operations manager David Speyer, the goal is to take over the new location and open by the summer of 2014.

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Jun 282013

Interesting to learn a little more about this case involving AmEx contractee’s restricted right to file for class action arbitration.  From the

The crux of the argument that Carlson, along with the other claimants in the suit, put forth is that American Express is wielding monopolistic powers by forcing restaurants to pay very high — and often obscure or hidden — fees and then also refusing to allow class-action arbitration. As Justice Elena Kagan pointed out in her dissenting opinion, the most that Italian Colors stood to win from its suit against AmEx was $38,549. However, the cost of putting together an expert report to prove that American Express had violated antitrust laws would have been at least several hundred thousand dollars. “So the expense involved in proving the claim in arbitration is ten times what Italian Colors could hope to gain, even in a best-case scenario,” Kagan wrote.

Despite those numbers, which showed that one-on-one arbitration was essentially untenable for small businesses like Italian Colors, the court ruled that the initial contract — in which restaurant owners agreed never to file a class-action lawsuit — needed to be upheld.

Jun 272013

Looks like Hutch— right behind the Paramount Theater— is going to be one to check out, according to SF Weekly:

The Bay Area’s boomlet of Southern cooking continues directly behind the Paramount Theater in Uptown Oakland, at Hutch. Across the street from a defunct wig store, this is a restaurant worth getting on BART for.

From bar snacks like pimento cheese up through the raw bar — with its $18-per-person platter of oysters, shrimp, salmon, crawfish remoulade and anchovies — and into the entrees, Hutch has something for every palate and at every price point. The buttery smoked salmon is a perfect example. Served on a mound of citrus-y shaved fennel and dotted with hot mustard and rehydrated with bourbon, it’s excellent, it’s presented as a Rorschach test — I saw a crawfish — and it’s only $8, which is actually almost shocking.

Jun 212013

Great wine, great views of SF, bay, bridges, etc, and another fun event in the winery’s gigantic airplane hangar!  From tumblr event website:

The Fifth Annual Long Day Short Film Festival celebrates the beginning of summer with a presentation of short films on the longest day of the year, June 21, 2013.

The Festival is committed to exposing exciting new short films to wider audiences. Last year’s packed house watched submissions from filmmakers well established in the industry as well as directors and film students just starting out.

Jun 132013

Check out an East Bay Express review here:

Another day, another sausage slinger rises in Oakland. This time it’sBrotzeit Lokal (1000 Embarcadero), a new sausage-centered restaurant and beer garden from Chop Bar’s Lev Delany, which will softly open on Thursday, June 13.

Delany, Brotzeit’s chef and sausage-maker-in-chief, spent two years working at a bar in Berlin, and he said the thing he loved about Germany was how everywhere you went outside of the city, you could always find a beer garden — a friendly, casual place to eat and enjoy a beer. When the space that formerly housed a seafood restaurant called Oyster Reef became available, Delany finally had his chance to bring that kind of place to the Oakland waterfront.

And check this part out!:

4) The restaurant’s outdoor patio (which will seat about seventy) should offer some fantastic views of the water. Perhaps Brotzeit’s most unique feature is the fact that you can actually access the restaurant by sea. Delany’s partners, Krista and Tony Granieri are boating enthusiasts who have rented a few berths in the marina that will be available to customers arriving in sea vessels of various shapes and sizes — ”paddle boards, battleships, you name it,” Delany quipped. The Granieris’ 45-foot Delta cruiser will also be available for rent. Call the restaurant (510-645-1905) to inquire about rates and availability. According to Delany, it’s about an hour each way to sail to Treasure Island and back. Coupled with a casual sausage-and-beer lunch, that sounds like a pleasant summer afternoon to me.

Jun 132013


Encuentro Café and Wine Bar is taking over a space six blocks away in Jack London Square where they will be relocating this fall with a expanded menu. Partner Linda Braz gave us the news today, noting that the new Encuentro at the corner of Second and Clay Streets “will have the same yummy vegetarian food you have come to expect with an expanded menu, including full entrées and pizza!” Construction begins in a few weeks, and they hope to be open by November. The current, compact Encuentro at Second and Jackson will remain open as a wine-and-beer bar with a limited menu of small bites, and a new name that’s still TBD.

Jun 072013

Cool event coming to several east bay locations Saturday.  Another from the SF Bay Guardian’s events page:

Urban farm tours Various locations in Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, El 11am-6pm, $5 per location. The Institute of Urban Homesteading wants you to realize the power of a plot when it comes to feeding your family. See how others are making urban farming work for them at this week’s farm tour day — register on the site and you’ll receive a map of locations where you can drop by and see rainwater collection systems, bee hives, veggie gardens, goats, and more.

Jun 072013

What city leads both the bay area AND the nation in real estate market growth according to Trulia?  Via the San Francisco Business Times:

Metropolitan Oakland — which includes much of the East Bay — saw home prices jump 31.2 percent from May 2012 to May 2013, towering above San Francisco with 19.6 percent growth and the San Jose metro area with 23.2 percent, according to Trulia, the San Francisco-based real estate information site. Nationwide, home prices grew by 9.5 percent during the past year.

Jun 052013

It just caught my eye that this beer garden in Oakland called Telegraph has a burger that is half ground beef and half bacon.  You decide:

From an East Bay Express article on dog-friendly bars and restaurants:


2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-444-8353

Hours: Tue.-Thu. & Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1.a.m.

Telegraph may be the best beer garden you haven’t been to yet. All of its seating is outside — some shaded, some sunny. Choose from twelve drafts (local beers included) or three wines by the glass to sip on with your dog underneath an enormous, colorful graffiti mural on the north-facing wall. If you’re hungry as well as thirsty, Telegraph serves up delicious house-made sausages and burgers, including the 50/50 — a burger made from 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent bacon. There are also vegetarian options, like the green-bean sandwich, and a vegan sausage is in the works. It even offers a few options for breakfast. The establishment is low-key and community-minded, featuring poetry nights and a free weekly film screening. You’ll feel as comfortable reading a book with your pooch in the sun as downing pints with a group of friends.


Jun 032013

Get on down to it!

Rock Wall Wine Company’s

Art & Wine Experience!

 Stroll around our urban spaces, sip award winning wines (25+), take in amazing views of the SF skyline, enjoy live music/performance art and over 50 local artists and crafters!

 Saturday, June 15th, 2013


VIP Preview: 12:00-1:00pm

General Admission: 1:00-5:00pm

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May 312013

SF Bay Guardian alerts us to the “Mugsy and Gratta pop-up wine tasting at El Rio in the Mission:

Mugsy and Gratta pop-up wine tasting El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. 5:30-8:30pm, $7-8 glasses of wine. Berkeley’s Gratta Wines just won a vaunted prize for its Sonoma Cabernet, so queer-owned Mugsy is bringing them through for a guest turn at their cozy regular wine tastings. There may be salumi available as well, say rumors.

May 242013

Keep the Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival on your calendar for June 1.  From the blog:

A CHALK ART CONTEST for the best drawing will be judged after 4 p.m. First prize is $250 cash and runners-up get a $25 gift certificate from Philz Coffee. Winners will be notified by Tuesday after the event. Same-day art registration takes place 10AM-5PM in event booths located at 1495 and 1673 Shattuck Ave. where special artist’s chalk is available for $10.

May 242013

Fundraiser and reopening of the exalted Chez Panisse, which was tragically disabled by a fire earlier this year, on June 21, the summer solstice.  From the SJ Mercury News:

BERKELEY — One of the Bay Area’s most famous restaurants is set to reopen June 21, nearly four months after a fire destroyed parts of the building.

Chez Panisse, the renowned eatery founded by Alice Waters, an icon of the California cuisine movement, will open its kitchen once again with a celebration on the day of Summer Solstice. The event will double as a fundraiser for new education programs at the Berkeley-based Edible Schoolyard Project, which teaches middle school students how to improve their food choices on a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom. Reservations cost $1,000 per person to eat in the second-floor café and $2,500 a head for the main dining room.


May 242013

I thoroughly enjoyed great burgers and whiskey at this cool place in Alameda.  Glad it’s back:

American Oak in Alameda has reopened after a “suspicious” fire shut it down for months. The interior has been completely redone, and the East Bay Express reports that the menu has also been completely overhauled by former chef Gabe Cortez, who is consulting. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.2319 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda. (510) 521-5862 or