510 Updates: Encuentro on the Move, Sushi Banzai Replaced By Sanctuary Bistro


The bar at the new Encuentro. Photo courtesy of Linda Braz.


The former Sushi Banzai and future Sanctuary Bistro. Photo from Sushi Banzai website.

Co-owner Linda Braz wrote in to let us know that Oakland wine bar and café ~ENCUENTRO~ has moved into a larger space, only six blocks away, and become a full-service restaurant. They are reopening on Tuesday May 27th (that’s today!), with an organic vegetarian and vegan menu, including wine-friendly cheese boards, salads, and new entrées. The wine list focuses on small, organic, and sustainable producers all over the world, along with a small selection of beer. 550 2nd St. at Clay, Oakland, 510-832-9463.

Berkeleyside Nosh reports that ~SUSHI BANZAI~ in Berkeley has closed. Chef and owner Hide Nagano has decided to retire (they’ve been open since 1989!), and closed his doors with a party for regulars, according to Chowhound. ABC license activity reveals that the new taker for the space is something called ~SANCTUARY BISTRO~, a vegan, organic restaurant from Barry Horton and his wife Jennifer. 1019 Camelia St. at 10th St., Berkeley.