Fried cauliflower with gigante bean gratin, herbed bread crumbs, and lovage-cashew rémoulade at Millennium. Photo from Facebook.
Sho Kamio, the chef and owner of Iyasare on Fourth Street in Berkeley, has purchased neighboring Zut!, Scoop reports. The space, which has previously housed Eccolo, Ginger Island, and Fourth Street Grill, will be closed later this month and should reopen in July. East Bay Express reports that the restaurant will barely change names; Kamio plans to call it Zut Tavern and will be cooking Mediterranean cuisine with a California, seasonal influence. The menu will be smaller than the current one and will change more often, plus he plans to add an oyster bar to the space. He’s brought on chef Nate Gabriel (Michael Mina, Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House) as chef de cuisine, as well. 1820 Fourth St. at Delaware, Berkeley.
Vegan restaurant ~MILLENNIUM~ has made the move east to Oakland and is officially open in their new location. As reported in April, they’ve taken over the former Box & Bells space in Rockridge. The new space offers a swell patio, as well as their vegan dishes and a full bar. Hours are Sun-Thu 5:30-9:30pm and Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm. 5912 College Ave. at Chabot, Oakland, 510-735-9459.
~CHOWHAUS~, a new restaurant in Montclair serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has opened. Scoop reports that the restaurant comes from Tracey Belock and her husband Joe Schnell, who have a background in such San Francisco restaurants as Farallon and Quince. The food is comfortable, but rooted in seasonal California style, with many items made in-house, including charcuterie, bread, and pastries. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, and dinner just launched this week after a soft opening phase. 6118 Medau Pl. at Moraga, Oakland, 415-339-3395.
Iconic publication Sunset Magazine is leaving its campus in Menlo Park, where it has been located since 1951. That’s not news, but there’s been lots of speculation about where they might end up, and now we have the answer: Jack London Square in Oakland, along with a satellite presence at CornerStone in Sonoma. The new offices, which will include a test kitchen and wine cellar, will be on the second floor of the Market Building at 55 Harrison Street, where a Ferry Building-style market hall is planned as well. The Sonoma location will be home to their magazine’s test garden, as well as an outdoor kitchen. San Francisco architecture firm RMW is designing the new space, but there is no word at the moment about when the move will be complete. 55 Harrison St. at Water, Oakland.