Diablo Dish: December
Mexican comes to Orinda; New Orleans comes to San Ramon; Central/South America comes to Oakland; and more in this December's Dish!
Table 24 co-owners Michael Karp and Victor Ivry are giving it another whirl in Orinda. This time, they are joining forces on a new Mexican restaurant just a few doors away in Theatre Square. Karp described the upcoming eatery’s fare as “traditional and authentic, using fresh, local ingredients.” The as-of-yet-nameless restaurant will sport plenty of reclaimed materials while featuring an open kitchen, highlighted by a wood-burning char broiler and rotisserie oven. There will be a full bar with an emphasis on tequilas and a year-round front patio with fire pit, in addition to a seasonal rooftop “sunset patio.” Look for a late March, early April opening. And Karp’s not done. The former Live Nation restaurant guru recently formed a new restaurant group, Le Bon Temps, and is working on several new dining projects around the East Bay. Stay tuned for more details.
In San Ramon, Alamo resident Pete Kearney, owner of seven Northern California Country Waffles restaurants, scooped up the former Marie Callender’s space. He’s planning a New Orleans–themed restaurant, Clementine’s: Think fried chicken, shrimp gumbo, and blackened catfish, in addition to plenty of meat options, including prime rib and rib-eye steak. Kearney, who is also planning a full bar, is shooting to open Clementine’s by February 21—the first day of Mardi Gras.
Rumbo al Sur, a long awaited pan-Latin concept from Jack Knowles, owner of the always-popular À Côté, appeared set to open in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood in November. Knowles has also settled on a casual American restaurant and bar concept for the former Citron space next door to À Côté. It’ll be called Next Door—the English translation of À Côté.
Set for a December opening is Haven, Coi- and Plum-owner Daniel Patterson’s latest restaurant, this one in Jack London Square. The casual, fine-dining concept (heavy on locally sourced ingredients, of course) will be carried out by executive chef Kim Alter, who brings serious fine-dining experience from such restaurants as Aqua, Manresa, and Ubuntu. Executive chef Charlie Parker is out at Plum, meanwhile, quitting just a year after taking over. Corporate chef Ron Boyd now runs the show.
Speaking of hotshot chefs … Bradley Ogden, the cofounder of the Lafayette-based Lark Creek Restaurant Group, has a new holiday cookbook, Holiday Dinners With Bradley Ogden, his first in 10 years. I had a chance to speak with the acclaimed chef (go to diablomag.com/ogden to read the interview), and he let slip that he is looking to make a permanent move back to the Bay Area soon.
In Walnut Creek, the debut of the Corners Tavern gastropub has been pushed back until early next year, but La Boulange, taking over the other half of the former Bing
Crosby’s space, is set to open by December. In addition to the usual salads, sandwiches, and soups, look for a few monthly specials and the debut of two-egg omelets.
In Danville, full-service Chinese restaurant The Amazing Wok replaced the shuttered Brandy Ho’s and Miglet’s gluten-free bakery completed its expansion, so there’s more room for gluten-free pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. In Pleasanton, Formosa Café serves a mix of Asian cuisines (Chinese, Thai, and Japanese), replacing Bo Happy Chinese Cuisine; and online “cupcake and dessert bar” Sweet Sinsations offers sugary treats for pick-up or delivery (sweetsinsdesserts.com).
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