510 Updates: Farmhouse Oakland Opens, Penrose Sold, Navi Kitchen Closes, and More


The main dining room at the stylish Farmhouse Oakland. Photo courtesy of Farmhouse Oakland.


Fun florals at the new Farmhouse Oakland. Photo courtesy of Farmhouse Oakland.


The sunny bar at Penrose, perfect for brunch and a cocktail. Photo via Facebook.

Jack London Square continues to percolate with new projects (Dyafa, Belcampo), and now includes the opening of ~FARMHOUSE OAKLAND~ in the former Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House from the team behind SF’s popular Farmhouse Kitchen and Montclair’s Daughter Thai. Today (July 24th) is the soft opening, with August 1st as the fully operational targeted date.

Chef and owner Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang (with co-owner and wife Iing Chatterjee) offer a menu that spans Thai street food to family recipes, from curries to noodles and salads, made with quality ingredients and plenty o’ spice! There’s also a full bar. There are seats for 65 inside, including bar seating, and 40 outside on the tropical patio (pooches are welcome). Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri 5pm-10pm, and Sat 12pm-10pm and Sun 12pm-9pm. 336 Water St., Jack London Square, Oakland.

There’s another Charlie Hallowell restaurant I will be able to return to, now that he has also sold ~PENROSE~ to a former Pizzaiolo employee (and currently the chef of Flora in Oakland), Rico Rivera. Once a replacement is found at Flora, Rivera will shift his focus to Penrose, and a name change is likely, although the seasonal Cali style will remain the same.

The Chronicle also reports Hallowell has split from his business partner, Richard Weinstein. More: “Weinstein, who was also accused of unwanted touching and lewd remarks by 10 employees in the course of The Chronicle’s investigations, resigned his interest in Hallowell’s remaining restaurant, Pizzaiolo, on June 1. However, Weinstein will remain landlord of the properties where Boot & Shoe Oakland and Penrose are located; he also owns the building that houses Flora.” 3311 Grand Ave. at Elwood, Oakland.

I wanted to make sure you saw this heart-warming story in Nosh about ~TAMMY’S CHICKEN IN WAFFLES~ in Berkeley, a trans-owned business that has quite the charming story behind it. I love people. You can go by for some next-level, creative waffles daily 11am-4pm. 2466 Bancroft Way at Sather, Berkeley.

More heart-warming news (because we need it): after suffering a tragic fire just before their 50th anniversary (awful!), ~KC’S BBQ~ has risen like a smoky phoenix from the ashes in a new location. Come by for some BBQ and a beer on the patio and support this family-owned business in their new digs. 1235 San Pablo Ave. at Harrison, Berkeley. [Via Nosh.]

While I was away, I was sorry to hear Preeti Mistry and Ann Nadeau have closed ~NAVI KITCHEN~ in Emeryville—you can read their farewell note on Instagram. We’ll have to see what’s next for the space, and the duo.