Diablo Dish: Tartine Coming to Berkeley
Renowned bakery comes east; Tender Greens and Stanford’s close in Walnut Creek; 4505 Meats debuts in Oakland; a new Asian Night market in Berkeley; and more Dish.
Breaking Bread in Berkeley
Great news for bread lovers: The very popular and critically acclaimed Tartine Bakery will open a casual café and bakery this summer inside the Graduate Berkeley hotel (formerly Hotel Durant) on Durant near the UC Berkeley campus.
Tartine’s worldwide presence includes three locations in Seoul, Korea—plus one in Los Angeles—and the Berkeley spot will be the fourth in the Bay Area. Perhaps the most famous Tartine products are the whole-grain country loaves, but there’s plenty more on the menu, ranging from buttermilk scones to pecorino and almond sandwiches.
Two Walnut Creek Standbys—Tender Greens and Stanford’s—Abruptly Shut Down
Though Walnut Creek may seem like restaurant heaven, it’s a tough market, as last week’s closures of Tender Greens (on Locust next to where Lark Creek used to be) and Stanford’s (near Broadway Plaza) show all too well.
Both were popular, but after eight years, an increase in rent led to the shutdown of the Walnut Creek outpost of Tender Greens (it’s a nationwide chain), and the continued construction around Broadway Plaza finally took its toll on Stanford’s, which had a 13-year run.
And don’t necessarily expect other restaurants to rush in, as vacancies in downtown Walnut Creek can last a long time. After all, Crogan’s—which is just down the street from Tender Greens—closed in January 2017, and that prime location is still unoccupied.
Walnut Creek to Welcome Two New Eateries
It’s not all bad news in Walnut Creek as The Manakish Oven & Grill—which will specialize in a pizza-like Middle Eastern dish—will give it a go at the corner of North Main and Geary. Locals know that this intersection has one of the longest lights in the area, and getting in and out of parking lots can take a while, but if the food is good enough, the customers will come.
Also, Brioche de Paris will replace Canvas & Cabernet (which allowed aspiring artists to use wine as inspiration) on South Main just across from Kaiser. And just in case (like me), you weren’t exactly sure what brioche is, it’s bread that has a greater amount of eggs and butter in the batter—which can’t be a bad thing.
4505 Burgers & BBQ Now Open in Oakland
After a few delays, the Oakland location of 4505 Burgers & BBQ opened for business on MacArthur Boulevard (near 35th) last Friday, June 28.
Lines were out the door over the weekend at this second outpost for 4505, which works with farmers and ranchers to create a menu featuring meats from humanely raised animals. Oh, and it tastes really good too …
Another Asian Night Market Option Pops Up in Berkeley
The success of the Asian Night Market at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton inspired the latest installation of a variety of vendors—from street food to entertainment to arts and crafts—at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley.
The Foodieland Night Market will debut this Friday through Sunday (July 5-7), opening at 3 p.m.—with tickets going for $5, and parking is $10. Note, though, that both fees are cash only. If you miss this one, it’ll return Aug. 2–4 and Oct. 4–6.
Urban Ka-Re House Debuts in Dublin
It started with sushi, but Japanese restaurants have continued to branch out and explore all aspects of Japanese cuisine, including Japanese curries—which are called “kare.”
The Urban Ka-Re House in the Fallon Gateway Shopping Center (just off 580 at the Fallon Road exit), not surprisingly given the name, specializes in those curries, though Japanese grilled and barbecue dishes are also on the menu.
The Lede Has a Good Start on a Successful Story
For no apparent reason, journalism has always been full of jargon with odd spellings, and the “lede” of a story is the lead paragraph. Now, The Lede will be the name of a new Old Oakland restaurant that hopes to begin a long story at Ninth and Washington.
One reason for optimism is that Cal Peternell—former Chez Panisse chef—will run the counter service restaurant and wine bar in Old Oakland (in the Studiotobe co-workspace founded by three media industry veterans). The menu will be more casual than at Chez Panisse, but expect the same kind of emphasis on quality ingredients and local sourcing once The Lede opens in late summer or early fall.
Boot and Shoe Service Adds Shine With Brunch
Boot and Shoe Service has always been high on the list of cutesy names for restaurants, but it’s also up there for good food, and now weekend brunches have been added to the menu.
Oakland’s Grand Avenue restaurant (just a couple blocks east of the Grand Lake Theatre) will serve sweet and savory breakfast options (including pizza) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Oh, and the full bar will also feature some special cocktails to get a summer weekend off to a rousing start.