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Posts from — January 2012

Saying adieu to Restaurant Week, and bonjour to new restaurants!

January 27, 2012

This is the last weekend of Oakland Restaurant week sponsored by Visit Oakland, the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Eateries throughout the city, including many downtown, offer prix-fix menus and good deals for diners.

The Chronicle reports that changes are coming to Michelin-recommended Uptown spot Hibiscus (1745 San Pablo). The restaurant, currently being remodeled, will switch to a more “family-friendly” menu intended to complement the successful dance club The New Parish, located in the same building. But fans of chef Sarah Kirnon’s Carribbean-inspired cuisine don’t need to despair – she is opening a new spot, called Miss Ollie’s, downtown this Spring. Downtowners don’t have to wait that long, because she’s hosting a special dinner tomorrow night at the Starline Social Club.

In other restaurant news, Ike’s Place (2204 Broadway), a popular gourmet sandwich spot with many vegan and vegetarian options, has joined the crowded intersection of Grand and Broadway, while next door, Bakesale Betty (2228 Broadway) is reopening its downtown location and plans to begin serving four days a week. And the San Francisco Business Times describes Haven in the context of the business plan for its Jack London Market Building.

Downtown’s favorite funkmeisters Damon and the Heathens are playing tonight at Cafe Van Kleef (1621 Telegraph) and tomorrow night at the Uptown (1928 Telegraph). And the DTO’s favorite dance party, the People Party, returns to The New Parish (579 18th St) tomorrow night. Swan’s Market (907 Washington St) is hosting a party for the Pop-Up Hood this evening from 6 to 9, and the Oakland Symphony performs Carmina Burana at the Paramount Theater (2201 Broadway) tonight.

Enjoy this sunny winter weekend!

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Oakland Restaurants set The Standard

January 20, 2012

A little much-needed rain can’t dampen the DTO’s spirits! This weekend brings art and culture to the forefront – both visual and delicious.

The Oakland Convention and Vistors Bureau, freshly energized by the city’s #5 ranking in the New York Times’ worldwide must-visit list, is hosting the third annual Restaurant Week to celebrate local cultural entrepreneurship of the tasty variety. Participating restaurants are offering price-fixe menus showcasing their specialties, and downtown establishments make up about a third of all the offerings. Go to VisitOakland.com for all the details. Restaurant week runs from today until next Sunday.

The Paramount Theate’s wildly popular classic movie showings kick off for the year with a screening of populist political classic Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Come early to enjoy a cocktail in one of America’s finest Art Deco treasures! 8pm, 2025 Broadway.

The Asian Resource Gallery in Chinatown is in the final week of its exhibit exploring the concept of Home from artistic and narrative viewpoints. Considering there was undertones of identity-based debates in the recent hearing on rezoning Chinatown, this exhibit may be an opportunity to ponder the question, would a Chinois gate help create a better sense of place? 310 8th St.

The Oakland Museum’s innovative Oakland Standard program continues tomorrow with a demonstration of mural painting set to DJ’d tunes, entitled Living Concrete. And of course offerings from a local restaurant. For more about this series of cultural celebrations, check out the recent East Bay Express article, Setting the Standard. Saturday, 11am-5pm, 1000 Oak St.

See you at a downtown restaurant!

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