Fried cheese curds sandwich at The Half Orange. Photo from Yelp.
Fruitvale restaurant ~THE HALF ORANGE~ will now be open seven days a week, as of Sunday March 8th. Their new hours are Mon-Sat 11:30am-9pm and Sun 12pm-8pm. They’re also adding a breakfast sandwich to the weekend menu, and given owner Jay Porter’s skill with housemade sausage and meats, it’s sure to be a tasty one. Oh, and hot tip: parking in the BART parking lot across the street is free all day on weekends. 3340 East 12th St. #11 at 34th Ave., Oakland, 510-500-3338.
It looks like old-school late-night staple Giant Burger has reopened, at least temporarily, as ~SPACE BURGER~. According to Scoop, the new owners have only gently updated the space, but are keeping the menu and fab retro architecture. They are no longer open 24 hours, but do offer late-night hours on the weekends. Unfortunately, though, the whole building is being torn down in 18 months to make room for a condo high-rise. The current owner, Ambessaw Assegued, reports that they have been offered a spot on the ground floor when the high-rise opens, so Space Burger will at least be able to stick around. Hours are Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, closed Sun. 2150 Telegraph Ave. at 22nd St., 831-588-7470.
As previously reported on tablehopper, ~MILLENNIUM~ is closing in April. Chef-partner Eric Tucker and general manager Alison Bagby are hoping to reopen a vegetable-focused restaurant in Rockridge soon. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to open the new space, with pledges starting at $25.
At least one of the owners of San Francisco’s Izzy’s Steak & Chops, Sam DuVall, is opening a location in Oakland. East Bay Express reports they’ve taken over the former Vo’s Restaurant space, and liquor license activity says the new spot will be called ~CUBA LIBRE~. There aren’t a lot of details, but it does sound like it will be a Cuban joint. 59 Grand Ave. at Webster, Oakland.
One more little sudsy swig for you: based on this post on Chowhound, we learned the ~FIELDWORK BREWING COMPANY~ tasting room is now open in Berkeley, currently pouring five of their own craft brews, and they have a growler program too. The post mentioned friendly folks, and there are meat and vegetable pasties from The Pie Shop in Oakland in case you need a nibble. You can read more here about the brewery and team (led by head brewer Alex Tweet, previously of Modern Times Beer in San Diego). Open Thu-Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-9pm. 1160 6th St. at Harrison, Berkeley.