Fans of the delicious and macrobiotic ~SHANGRI-LA VEGAN~ will be happy to know they have opened a sister restaurant, ~POLATA ORGANIC~ in the former Ruen Pair space in Albany. SFoodie has more here. Open daily 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-9:30pm. 1045 San Pablo Ave. at Dartmouth, Albany, 510-528-2375.
Berkeleyside and Chowhound mention ~DIVINO~ is opening in the former Fellini space on University, serving Ligurian and Italian Riviera cuisine. 1401 University St. at Acton, Berkeley.
Over in Oakland’s Glenview, Scoop reports ~RUMBO AL SUR~ is open in the former Los Compadres space from owner Jack Knowles (À Côté). Chef Matt Colgan (chef of À Côté for the past nine years) is behind the Latin American menu, and there are plenty of tequila and cachaça cocktails to be had on the beverage list. It’s a spacious one, with 160 seats. 4239 Park Blvd. at Wellington, Oakland, 510-479-1208.
Meanwhile, in Rockridge, Knowles will be opening ~NEXT DOOR~ in the former Citron space. Scoop reports it will be “a downscale, bustling American restaurant and bar.” Timing is TBD. 5484 College Ave. at Taft, Oakland.
Grub Street and Eater broke the news about ~GUEST CHEF~, a concept that rotates temporary chefs every two weeks. Keep track of who is next on Facebook or Twitter. 5337 College Ave. at Manila, Oakland, 510-658-7378.
Diablo Mag reports ~IKE’S PLACE~ will be opening a location in Uptown Oakland next to Plum. Look for a mid-December opening. 2204 Broadway at Grand, Oakland .
More carb news: I was happy to see on ~BEAUTY’S BAGEL SHOP~’s Facebook page that they signed a lease for a space on Telegraph in Oakland. And hello, it will have a wood-fired oven. Blake Joffe and Amy Remsen should be serving their Montreal-style bagels in early 2012, according to Scoop. Here’s more: “Joffe says the plan is to be open for breakfast and lunch, when they’ll serve things like schmears, homemade jams, cured fish, chopped liver, egg sandwiches and so on. There will also be an ‘extensive’ coffee program.” 3838 Telegraph Ave. at 38th, Oakland.