Diablo Dish: Vinyl Record Café, Bar Shiru, Opens Soon in Oakland
Oakland’s Tribune Tavern to reopen; cuddle up with a book at North Light bar; Cocina Hermanas is now open in Danville; a Middle Eastern spot heads to Lafayette; and more Dish.
Japanese Jazz Café Coming to Oakland
The Latham Square building at 16th Street and Telegraph Avenue is a Class-A historic building. So it makes sense that Bar Shiru, a Japanese jazz café that plays vinyl records, will be moving in, complementing the older structure next month. (The records will be played on an equally anachronistic analog sound system.)
The bar menu—which lists “highballs” rather than “cocktails” to preserve that historic feel—will be extensive, but since there’s no kitchen, only light bar snacks will be available.
The Tribune Tavern, Unlike the Newspaper It’s Named for, Is Back
Long ago, youngins, there was a newspaper called the Oakland Tribune, and it was the San Francisco Chronicle’s primary rival in the Bay Area. And even though the Tribune Tower (the building the paper operated in) still stands, its time has passed.
The Tribune Tavern was also housed in the iconic building and went through some hard times too, closing in 2017. But it will reopen later this year under the guidance of former owner Chris Pastena (who runs Lungomare and Calavera). As a longtime journalist, it’s nice to see anything associated with a newspaper revived …
North Light Shines on Temescal
A consistent complaint about new restaurants is the noise level—even though research shows that a lot of people inexplicably enjoy the inability to hear the person across the table without dipping their sleeve into the artisanal hummus. Oakland’s new North Light, however, has a different aim: a neighborhood-friendly café by day and a bar by night that encourages reading. And not just reading whatever’s on your phone, but reading an actual book.
In this day and age, this is a revolutionary concept to be sure, but for those remaining antediluvians who don’t mind poring over an ancient tome while sipping coffee or a glass of wine, and snacking on sandwiches, wraps, and salads, North Light (just across the street from Doña Tomas) will be a welcome haven.
Cocina Hermanas Is Open at Last in Danville
After a couple of false starts, Cocina Hermanas is bringing its mezcal and tequila bar—plus food from south of the border—to Danville.
Cocina Hermanas now occupies the old Basil Leaf Cafe site on Hartz Avenue, just across the street from Danville Harvest—which is convenient for Darren Matte, who runs both restaurants.
Lafayette to Get a Middle Eastern Flavor in Rustic Tavern Space
Tony Sohi, owner of Walnut Creek’s Silk Road and Danville’s Santorini, will take over the spot previously occupied by Rustic Tavern on Mt. Diablo Boulevard later this year. The new place, which will be called Lavosh, will be a little more upscale than Sohi’s other two spots.
Oakland’s Hopscotch Jumps into Brunch and Lunch
Customers have always crowded Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland for weekend brunch, so after more than six years, the popular restaurant will add brunch and lunch favorites to the menu Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Emeryville’s Honor Kitchen and Cocktails Now Has a Happy Hour
Stuck on Interstate 80 near Emeryville in rush hour? Honor Kitchen and Cocktails feels your pain, and has an antidote available Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.: happy hour.
So instead of wondering when that truck ahead of you is ever going to move, you can pull off the freeway onto Powell Street, and check out the 7 Under $7 food and drink menu. Or you can make a selection from the regular gastropub menu that’s been pleasing visitors since 2012.
Either way, it sure beats crawling down I-80.
Humphry Slocombe Adds Another Reason to Eat Ice Cream
Well, maybe “eat” isn’t quite the right word, as what the self-styled “rebellious” ice creamery has done is add alcohol to the dessert we all scream for.
This month, the extra kick is supplied by 12-year-old single malt scotch from The Glenlivet in a hot toddy sundae—which is available at Humphry Slocombe in The Hive complex in Uptown Oakland. But if you prefer to wait for warmer weather to partake, fear not—this is a year-round promotion that will feature a different liquor kicker every month.