510 News: The Dock at Linden Street, Dumpling Express, Taiwan Bento

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Caesar popcorn at The Dock at Linden Street. Photo from Twitter.

East Bay Express reports that James Syhabout’s newest venture next to Linden Street Brewery, ~THE DOCK AT LINDEN STREET~, is opening this week, possibly even as early as Tuesday June 3rd (that would be today), depending on inspections. We mentioned the project back in September, and here’s a recap: Syhabout has paired up with Linden Street Brewery’s Adam Lamoreaux to create a beer-friendly restaurant. There are two parts of the space, the Beer Shed and the Dock. The Beer Shed is a casual beer garden with communal seating both inside and out, and very limited bar snacks on the menu, while the Dock is a full-service restaurant offering a wider range of dishes.

Both areas will be serving beer selected by Lamoreaux, as well as two seasonal cask beers, with beer-friendly food from around the world. All the dishes are designed for sharing, and many don’t even require a knife and fork. There will be Caesar salad-flavored popcorn, jerk chicken wings, and a marinated cucumber salad with avocado and furikake. They’ve also got a full liquor license, with shot-and-a-beer selections and punch bowls for groups. Hours at the Shed are Mon-Fri 4:30pm-close, Sat-Sun 11:30am-close (closing times are still flexible—call first!), and the Dock is open Tue-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm. 95 Linden St. at 3rd St., Oakland, 510-338-3965.

Chowhounders caught the opening of the new ~DUMPLING EXPRESS~ in Berkeley. The dumplings are all made fresh to order, and initial reports on both Chowhound and Yelp are positive, citing fresh flavors and nice, thin wrappers. Also note that it’s takeout and cash only. 2328 Bowditch St. at Durant, Berkeley, no phone.

After plans to raise funds for Pi Dan Noodle House after the death of owner Allison Chen stopped, the restaurant’s space in Uptown Oakland suddenly became available. Though new owners Stacy Tang and Willy Wang are not associated with the previous ownership, their concept is similar: it’s a Taiwanese noodle house called ~TAIWAN BENTO~, the Scoop reports. Their focus will be on fast-casual for the local lunch crowd, and the industrial, modern interior will remain largely the same. They’re hoping to open as soon as July, serving lunch Mon-Fri. 412 22nd St. at Franklin.