Diablo Dish: Step Back into the 1960s at Oakland's Bardo Lounge and Supper Club
Joe and the Juice heads to the East Bay; Berkeley welcomes new restaurants; enjoy brews and brats at Concord Oktoberfest; celebrate International Sherry Week at La Marcha; and more Dish.
Bardo Opens in Oakland
It took some time, but the former Michel Bistro space in Oakland has finally been transformed into the Bardo Lounge and Supper Club. Located in the Grand Lake district, the restaurant’s grand opening is set for today.
The new venue boasts a 1960s–inspired cocktail lounge downstairs and an intimate dining room upstairs with wood-paneled walls, warm lighting, and lush furniture—evoking a bygone era. A resident DJ also plays R&B, soul, and jazz tunes for diners to enjoy along with the creative dishes and craft cocktails.
Joe and the Juice Moves into Central Contra Costa County
With 200-plus locations spread across 14 countries, Joe and the Juice is a popular chain specializing in coffee (thus the “joe”) and fruit drinks (hence the “juice”). And now, an East Bay invasion is underway.
In the coming months, Joe and the Juice will open stores in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, and Concord, offering a food menu of sandwiches, omelets, and yogurt bowls. We'll keep you posted on opening dates.
ZINO Replaces FIVE in Downtown Berkeley
Featuring Mediterranean cuisine and a hip vibe, ZINO has taken over the spot in the Hotel Shattuck Plaza (near BART) previously occupied by FIVE. (Clearly, one thing that hasn’t changed is the love for capital letters.)
The dinner menu offers everything from tagines and seafood to dips and pita, while the craft cocktails are made with an array of Mediterranean flavors and spices. Also be sure to check out the brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto Gets a New Restaurant
It’s always fun to wander through the labyrinthine halls of Shattuck Avenue’s Gourmet Ghetto, and now there’s a new Japanese eatery to discover.
Ijo Izakaya is replacing Toyo Japanese Restaurant, according to Berkeleyside Nosh, and will offer bento box lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and small plates and sushi from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Alameda County Clears the Way for Pop-Up Restaurants
After an inspector shut down one Oakland pop-up in August, and other one-off appearances by guest chefs were canceled or postponed, Alameda County supervisors cleared the way for the increasingly popular one-night stands (so to speak) to continue.
The details are less interesting than the fact that chefs and restaurant owners can continue to experiment without risk of having their pop-up abruptly shut down.
La Marcha Shares the Sherry This Week
It’s International Sherry Week, and Berkeley’s La Marcha (located near San Pablo and University Avenues) is celebrating with a six-course sherry-pairing dinner the rest of the week—then capping it off with an epic party on Saturday, October 13.
“A Night in Jerez”—a nod to the region where the white grapes used to make sherry are grown—will take place across the street from La Marcha, at Neyborly Poet’s Corner.
Guests have two tickets options: For $90, they can arrive at 6 p.m., listen to a lecture about sherry, and get first dibs on the tapas and sherry tastings. Or for $70, they can arrive at 7 p.m. and miss the presentation but still enjoy the food and sherry.
And naturally, there will be flamenco too …
TV’s Tiffani Thiessen Talks Cooking in Blackhawk on Thursday
Tiffani Thiessen may have made a name for herself as an actress in TV dramas like Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills, 90210. But she went on to host her own show on the Cooking Channel for three years, and now, she’s publishing her first cookbook, Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours.
Though her October 11 class at Draeger’s Cooking School in Blackhawk is already sold out, she’ll be signing copies of her book starting at 8:15 p.m.
Pull Up a Chair, by the way, offers more than just recipes; an entire section of the book is devoted to party planning and entertaining, complete with menus and tips and tricks.
Oktoberfest Keeps on Coming: It’s Concord’s Turn This Weekend
Todos Santos Plaza will switch languages this Friday night and Saturday afternoon as it transforms into a mini-Munich for Concord Oktoberfest.
From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, the plaza will feature live music, strongman contests, food trucks, and of course, a beer tent with German-style lagers from more than 20 breweries.
Entrance is free, but beer passes cost $25, which gets buyers a commemorative half-liter stein and two full beers.
The Periodic Table Celebrates a Full Year in Emeryville
The Periodic Table, a sake and whiskey bar in the recently revitalized Public Market Emeryville, will commemorate its first birthday this Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., with live music and discounted food and libations.
Selected drinks and bottles will be 25% off, and an assortment of special hors d’oeuvres will be available for $25. The tunes will play from 6 to 8 p.m., but the sake will flow all night long.
Say Cheers to Beer and a Better Future at Cleophus Quealy
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and San Leandro’s Cleophus Quealy Beer Company is partnering with Building Futures during this weekend’s Saturday Social. From noon to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy delicious brews and help a local nonprofit that provides programs and services designed to end homelessness and family violence. For $20, guests make a donation to Building Futures and receive a Cleophus Quealy mason jar and two beer tokens for full pours at the bar (additional beer tokens can be purchased for $5 each).
Drinking beers for a good cause? Sounds good to us.