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DTO Reading File: It's all good news

May 8, 2009

On this second Friday of the month, sunny downtown Oakland may not be hosting a big art walk or a restaurant opening, but there is much to read about the DTO on this beautiful day.

Dashe and JC Cellars, local urban wineries, are profiled in Taste their wines at their shared warehouse, or at next week’s Oakland Indie Awards.

Bloggers, contributors, commenters and readers enjoyed meeting each other at one of Uptown’s hottest spots last week. Read Zennie’s take on the party, and the neighborhood.

A Chronicle food critic blogs that “it’s happening in Oakland,” about the recent spate of high-quality restaurant openings. Four of his favorites are downtown. OaklandGoods visits a new favorite, Pican, and an old favorite, the Paramount Movie Classics.

Many activists are quite pleased that the City Council gave public art a crack at using a prominent Uptown lot instead of car parking. Stay up to date on the two-week process by keeping an eye on the blogs.

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland posts the progress on Lake Merritt improvements as reported by Councilmember Pat Kernighan. Now that the rainy season is ending, the long-promised paths and bike lanes around our crown jewel are ready to be poured!

The Chronicle profiles Anthony Holdsworth, chronicler of a changing downtown in pastel. See his triptych of 14th and Broadway in the lobby of Oakland’s City Administration Building, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Nice to know, the reader may think, but what am I doing tonight? Three downtown events stand out tonight, Friday May 8. The Franklin Square Wine Bar is hosting one-dollar tasting flights of Italian wines on their lovely plaza. With two weeks until their cabaret license may be suspended, tonight at Oasis may be a last chance to dance to reggae, dancehall, and techno. And at Café Van Kleef tonight, West Oakland horns-driven outfit Damon and the Heathens will perform danceable funk with plenty of local references. But with Uptown, Old Oakland and Chinatown all offering a variety of walkable dining and entertainment options, it’s easy to come downtown without a plan! See you on the sidewalk.


Good news for downtown

October 1, 2008

Wall Street might be all doom and gloom, but Washington Street has more than its share of good news. As big businesses in big cities seize up, local businesses in the DTO announce ambitious plans for expansion.

601 City Center started construction with a groundbreaking party this week, to which the neighbors were rudely disinvited. But starting construction brings completing construction closer!

The very successful Trappist Belgian beer salon is expanding their gorgeous but cramped bar in Old Oakland. Also in the Old O, Levende Lounge’s partners are looking to open another bar nearby, and an art gallery has taken up temporary residence (just on First Fridays) between arty furniture gallery FiveTen Studio and Verse, seller of psychedelic sneakers.

Life is returning to the alley that was once 13th Street between Jefferson and MLK. The large condo project is under construction once again, and a café has returned to the City Cup space across from the Federal Building. The owner of City Cup plans to build a bar and grill next door to open early next year, eventually to be open on the weekends once the condos are complete.

An automated, multilingual low-cost pharmacy opens to great fanfare in Chinatown.

Have I told you guys yet that Bakesale Betty leased the old Broadway Grand sales office on Franklin Square across from Luka’s? They totally did. According to Mr. Betty, the new location will allow an expanded selection of baked goods and more space for customers in the original Temescal locale.

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