Beer Revolution Expansion: The popular beer bar Beer Revolution in Jack London Square is planning an expansion next door into the old train depot where they’ll open a restaurant called, appropriately, the Old Depot. According to Fraggle, the co-owner, the restaurant will be heavy on organic, vegetarian options, add 14 more taps to the 70-something they’re currently working, and have a German feel to it. Don’t expect anything for at least six months to a year though. 464 3rd Street Oakland, (510) 452-2337, beer-revolution.com.
New Bar & Restaurant from a newcomer: Montclair-resident and first-time restaurateur Irfan Joffrey is doubling down on the Uptown. Joffrey (who grew up in the restaurant business) is planning a 5,800-square-feet restaurant at 1540 Broadway (next to the prestigious Oaksterdam University) that he hopes to open by June. Camber (a hybrid of his kids’ names, Cameron and Amber) will have an upstairs private lounge and serve Asian-fusion cuisine with a California touch—along with dry-aged steaks. Around that same time, Joffrey is also aiming to open a new bar, Feezy (his nickname), at 1707 Telegraph a couple doors down from Somar bar.
And some more details on Bittersweet, Hibiscus, District, Awaken Cafe.
Oh don’t let me forget:
Spice Monkey Expansion: This is a little longer-term, but I spoke with Kanitha Matoury, co-owner of the eclectic Spice Monkey, who said they were working with the city on plans to eventually open an arts and crafts version of Rockridge’s Market Hall marketplace in the back of their gorgeous building at 1628 Webster Street.
Stagg’s Lunchette Update: Alexeis Filipello, owner of the popular Bar Dogwood on Telegraph Ave, is now targeting mid-March to open her Stagg’s Lunchette on 362 17th Street. Filipello described the very DIY-oriented Stagg’s as “sustainable lunch counter with house made meats, including porchetta, mortadella, and rotisseried suckling pig.” They’ll offer sandwiches, daily specials, salads and meats by the pound, along with housemade pickles, kraut, and bagels. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday’s 10-4.
And there is still more in the link. Including a new project from Oliveto’s owner.
In case you didn’t notice, downtown Oakland is the place to be.