Diablo Dish: Dream Duo Dissolves at Dyafa
Assil and Patterson split in Jack London; 4505’s East Bay expansion is coming soon; Lucky Lager returns to the East Bay; Japanese-style pickling and ancient sake in Emeryville; and more Dish.
Dyafa Loses One of Its Visionaries
Reem Assil became a national name as the owner and chef behind Reem’s California, a fast-casual Arab bakery, and there was lots of anticipation when she partnered with high-profile Bay Area chef and restaurateur Daniel Patterson to open Dyafa in Jack London Square. But Dyafa didn’t quite live up to its promise, and now Assil is breaking ties with Patterson and his Alta Group.
The split won’t officially take place until August, but Assil’s association with Dyafa and its Mediterranean menu is definitely on its last legs.
4505 Burgers and BBQ Coming to Oakland
A San Francisco favorite for its grass-fed burgers and whole-hog barbecue technique, 4505 Burgers and BBQ will open in the former Glenn’s Hot Dogs spot on 35th and MacArthur (just off 580) soon.
The SF export will retain the ’50s flavor of the building—including the iconic neon sign. Of more immediate interest: Every kid will receive a free soft-serve ice cream cone for dessert and a dog-friendly patio will be the focal point of the new restaurant.
Lucky Lager Beats the Odds, Returns After 40 Years
There was a time when Lucky Lager was ubiquitous in the Bay Area, but the brand pulled the plug 40 years ago. Now thanks to the new owner, Pabst, and a partnership with San Leandro–based 21st Amendment Brewery, Lucky Lager is back on store shelves. Can Rainier Ale’s famous Green Death be far behind?
I Love Teriyaki and Sushi to Reopen in Concord
The shake-up of Todos Santos Plaza continues as I Love Teriyaki and Sushi returns after a brief hiatus, moving into the old location of Bangkok Kitchen. It’s hard to keep up with all the changes, but when warmer weather arrives (if it ever does), a trip to Concord’s central space is always a good idea.
Pickling and Free Sake at Public Market Emeryville
Public Market Emeryville’s Shiba Ramen will offer a two-hour class on how to make various styles of Japanese-inspired pickles, as well as how to match those pickles with sake and other foods. And, of course, there will be lots of talk about how lacto-fermentation helps highlight umami flavors—but you knew that already, right?
Tickets are $65 for the 1 to 3 p.m. event, and include admission, supplies to make your own pickles, and tastings.
Next door at The Periodic Table, 16th-generation sake brewer Konishi Shuzo will be offering up its latest specialty on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Edo Genroku sake that visitors can sample for free (along with a small pairing bite) is derived from a recipe used from 1688–1704. Not surprisingly, the flavor is quite different from modern sakes, so for those who want a taste of the past, here’s an opportunity.
La Guerrera’s Kitchen Joins the Fruitvale BART Foodie Phenomenon
The unlikely appearance of a wealth of quality restaurants—including Nite Yun’s celebrated Nyum Bai—near the Fruitvale BART station is attracting more and more chefs and restaurant owners. The newest addition is La Guerrera’s Kitchen, run by Ofelia Barajas, another graduate of the La Cocina kitchen incubator program.
The grand opening is 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday; expect music, drink specials, and the tamales, tacos, and ceviche that Barajas has been selling on the street for the past 15 years.
Berkeley’s Pasta Bene Expands With Sidewalk Patio
The new space makes it all the better for those who have honed in on the Telegraph Avenue restaurant’s $28.95 prix fixe for two. The weekday evening special gives couples a house salad to share, a choice of four pasta entrées, and one dessert to battle over.
Gather’s Cocktails for Change Shifts for Summer
Berkeley’s Gather continues its revolving Cocktails for Change with two $13 specials—Amaze-Mint (jalapeño and mint tequila with orange, Triple Sec, and agave) and Italian 52 (pasubio, grapefruit, and sparkling wine).
And unlike many such programs, 100 percent of the proceeds go to the two selected charities—Soul Shoppe, which teaches students life skills, and the Insight Garden Program, which brings vocational gardening and training to people in prison.
New San Ramon Round Table to Have Self-pour Beer Wall
Not only will the latest local Round Table have an 18-tap self-pour beer wall, it will also be part of a new Round Table concept, the Round Table Clubhouse. The beer wall will allow customers to buy as much or as little of any particular beer as they want and only be charged for how much they pour, while the Clubhouse concept (also found in Concord) means plenty of craft beers, a pub area in which to drink those beers, big TVs, and an expanded arcade.
The San Ramon Round Table Clubhouse is looking at a June opening in the Marketplace Shopping Center (Alcosta and Bollinger Canyon).