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Friday the 13th isn’t bad luck, downtown

May 13, 2011

It’s Friday the 13th but the DTO, if anything, is lucky. Though the Swig Company’s bid for a high-rise Lawrence Berkeley Lab didn’t make the cut, the Oakland Indie Awards tonight remind us of the many growing businesses downtown and throughout the city. Restaurant openings and new potential in a key DTO district are something to look forward to.

Oakland’s only Michelin-starred chef will open his mod-Thai casual eatery, Hawker Fare, at Webster and 23rd in Uptown next week.

Xolo Taqueria opened next-door to Flora and is enjoying a great welcome from Uptowners.

Plum is now serving brunch from 10a-2p Saturday and Sunday, with menus based on farmers’ market products.

Downtown’s Art & Soul Festival got a nice mention in the East Bay Express’s summer guide.

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, the largest landlord in Old Oakland, has hired retail consultants to revitalize the moribund Swan’s Market. A cafe opened by a Chez Panisse alum is a taste of what is (hopefully) to come.

Also in Old Oakland, the Cock-A-Doodle Cafe is now open for dinner Thursdays through Saturdays, with a Cuban menu, while B Restaurant has restored lunch service.

What makes today lucky for some is that local favorite downtown-based band, horns-driven funksters Damon & The Heathens, are playing at Cafe Van Kleef tonight – as they do every Friday the 13th. What better way to reclaim bad luck then with a musical surprise?

Next week: Where is the DTO, redux

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DTO Reading File, March 2011

March 25, 2011

Stay up to date on the latest news regarding downtown Oaktown, a service this blog has been providing for four years now!

Though the Central Business District real estate market remains in the doldrums, there are some spots of activity. The FBI signed Oakland’s largest lease at downtown’s newest office building, Center 21, reports the Business Times.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is planning to vacate its Oakland headquarters and has put out an RFP for a office space in Oakland or San Francisco. Will Oakland keep this important regional agency, and continue to have the opportunity to provide public input on their decision-making?

Marco Li Mandri, who helped create the Downtown Association’s Business Improvement Districts, is on a mission to revive ethnic commercial neighborhoods throughout California, including Koreatown on the border of Uptown.

The City of Oakland is looking for photographs of bicyclists to create a series of Bike Oakland postcards.

Uptown hotspot Somar Bar celebrated its two-year anniversary yesterday.

Auto Row is seeing more restaurants and bars take over spaces once used for car dealerships or auto repair. The latest, 3000 Broadway, is a sports bar with a comfortable atmosphere, the Trib reports.

The Oakland Museum offers a thought-provoking exhibit on the art of the Missions, where Christianity, colonization, and fine art interacted to lay the groundwork for today’s California, reviewed by the East Bay Express.

Near downtown, NIMBYs have risen up to oppose a long-planned dog park on one quarter acre of Lake Merritt’s 75 acres of parkland. DrakeTalk covers the public meeting earlier this week.

Like many other East Bay cities, Oakland has offered sites to be the new facilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A high-rise proposal adjacent to Lake Merritt appears to be the most competitive, and is profiled by the Oakland Tribune.

And on a sadder note, Sistahs Steppin’ In Pride, the annual march and gathering around Lake Merritt to celebrate women who love women, has announced that this tenth year will be the last.

This weekend Oaklanders can watch a marathon throughout the city, but especially downtown. Stake our your spot at the Oakland Running Festival and cheer on the runners!

Next week: First Friday!

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