The sunny bar at Penrose, perfect for brunch and a cocktail. Photo via Facebook.
By Dana Eastland. Beginning on Sunday January 3rd, Oakland restaurant ~PENROSE~ will be serving weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm. Like the dinner menu, the inspiration for brunch comes from North Africa, Sicily, and Andalusia. There is an option for the Moorish breakfast, which is served for the whole table and includes flatbread with spreads and yogurt, merguez sausage and eggs, fruit, and feta with za’atar oil, for $25 per person. Peek at the whole menu here, and remember that their full bar will also be in action. 3311 Grand Ave. at Elwood, Oakland, 510-444-1649.
Chef Chikara Ono of AS B-Dama is opening a small sushi restaurant in Swan’s Market, according to East Bay Express. The space will offer quality, unusual sushi options, but at a moderate price. The plan is to open in February or March of 2016. 536 9th St. at Washington, Oakland.
~NICO’S HIDEAWAY~ is now open in Berkeley, according to their Facebook page. The new spot serves approachable Italian food for daily brunch, lunch, and dinner (the menu is on their website) and also offers a full bar. Hours are daily 10am-10pm. 1508 Walnut St. at Vine, Suite B, Berkeley, 510-280-5920.