Despite the questionable Levende East (last time I walked by it looked open) close date, District is taking over. Wine bar + Cocktails. Sounds like a good fit. Especially if they are open on Sundays too.
District opened on Townsend Street about five years ago, and for the last few years, the team has been looking around for a potential second location of their wildly successful wine bar. And though they opened the casual eats spot Ironside, they never found the right space for a District sequel.
In 2008, they scouted out some possibilities across the Bay in Jack London Square. It wasn’t the right fit, but on the way back to the city, they drove by Levende East, and basically realized that with its high ceilings and exposed brick walls, that would be a perfect District space … if it ever became available.
“The people of Oakland gave such a great response. They stayed up with us for hours on end to tape the baseball scenes and never lost energy. We see a lot of fans from the ‘02 season. It’s just special.”—Here’s the scoop on yesterday’s Moneyball premiere.
Put then they have live punk shows (like their cousin Disco Voltane). Ahem that means loud. So I won’t be there. Enjoy it you go. I bet the burgers will be great. If the all generes portion comes to fruition, I might make an appearance.
Here’s an excerpt of the review:
In this case: “a no-frills, sort of punk rock” music venue, casual restaurant, and bar, with a premium placed on local talent and an ultimate goal of booking shows — in all genres — six nights a week. (In the Roman Catholic tradition, Saint Vitus was the patron saint of actors, comedians, dancers, and epileptics. It’s a mythology that’s appealing to Gallagher.) That also means a decidedly unpretentious bar philosophy: “We are not going to do $12 specialty cocktails,” he said. There will be no saffron-infused vermouths, no house-made bitters, no edible flowers. In fact, Gallagher said, there won’t even be a cocktail list — just well-trained staff with a firm grounding in the basics.
As reported a few weeks ago, it looks like it’s official, Local Cafe is open. Dinner is slated to start next month. I am sad there are no espresso drinks. The prize for best 3rd wave coffee on Piedmont Ave is still up for grabs!
When À Côté (5478 College Ave.) opened in Oakland more than a decade ago, it was considered the casual alternative to Citron, its older, fancier sister next door (5484 College Ave.). Citron called it quits last year, and the space has been dark since.
Meanwhile, À Côté hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years, but the Bay Area’s dining climate has evolved. With three Chronicle stars in hand and entree prices in the mid-teens, À Côté is considered a “nicer” restaurant by today’s standards.
And so, the À Côté team has decided, once again, that a casual foil is needed. Chef Matt Colgan and proprietor Jack Knowles plan to reopen the former Citron as a downscale American restaurant and bar. It will take its name from the English translation of À côté and be called - what else? - Next Door.
But before that happens, Knowles and Colgan are just about ready to roll out their oft-delayed Glenview project, the Latin-minded 175-seat Rumbo Al Sur. Knowles swears he’ll open this month, and his under-construction development in San Francisco’s Mission District - Preservation Hall and the Chapel Restaurant - is still en route for 2012.