East Bay Roundup of News

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Interior of Penrose. Photo: Dana Eastland. © tablehopper.com.

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A selection of tacos at Tacubaya. Photo courtesy of Tacubaya.

Unfortunately, I am all outta time, so here’s a quick roundup of news around the East Bay—click through for more!

Charlie Hallowell is returning to work at his remaining restaurants (Pizzaiolo, Penrose) after numerous sexual harassment accusations.

There’s a new soba restaurant open for lunch, ~SOBA ICHI~, in the former FuseBox in West Oakland. [Eater]

The closure of West Oakland’s ~DRIP LINE~ has bummed a lot of folks out with the departure of chef Nora Haron-Dunning. But good news, she has been popping up with her wonderful Southeast Asian food in other locations—follow her on Instagram to keep up (and see where her new restaurant location will be, possibly in a couple of months!). Drip Line is reformulating and should reopen soon with another chef and concept. [EBX]

The Oakland outpost of ~BELCAMPO~ opens in the former Bocanova space in Jack London Square on July 1st, with a 12-foot butcher counter, central bar, open kitchen, private dining room, and seating for 230 guests, including a large outdoor area on the marina. I’ll update you soon.

The Oakland location of ~LOCOL~ has closed. [Eater] As for the original Locol that opened in Plum Bar in Uptown, it will be replaced by a Halal Guys. [Eater]

Some good news: Oakland’s ~FIREBRAND ARTISAN BREAD~ will be reopening on July 2nd after suffering a fire. [Hoodline]

Likha has opened inside ~HOMETOWN HEROES SPORTS BAR~, serving modern Filipino food. [EBX]

Berkeley’s ~TACUBAYA~ is moving into the recently closed Pompette at 1782 Fourth Street in mid-July, gaining twice the space, plus a tequila- and mezcal-focused full bar (with a new botanas menu to accompany the cocktails), a designated outdoor cocktail seating area, and additional seating for 30 in the mezzanine.