The former patio at Wasabi. Photo from Yelp by Jessica I.
Opening in about six weeks on Lake Merritt in the former Wasabi space is ~PORTAL~, a project from Jennifer Tucci (Rosamunde) and Warren Rector. They are giving the location a massive overhaul, with 40 seats inside and about 75 outside on a giant outdoor patio that has a fantastic view (and Plexiglas panels to help shield the wind). They are currently seeking a chef, but the concept will be heavily vegetarian and healthful Californian fare made from organic and sustainable ingredients, plus some international influences; there is also a pizza oven. Dinner and weekend brunch will be served. 1611 2nd Ave. at Foothill, Oakland.
Since Tucci is a partner with Josh Margolis in ~ROSAMUNDE~, I was able to get a few details about their upcoming location in Old Oakland, which will be considered a part of Swan’s Market, but is actually a storefront on the side of the complex (in the former Suruki space). They just signed the lease and hope to open at the end of the summer. There will be sausages, beer, and outdoor tables, too; lunch and dinner will be served. 911 Washington St. at 9th St., Oakland.
In the meantime, Rosamunde is hosting a pop-up biergarten of sorts on Saturday afternoons at Classic Cars West. Swing by from 2pm until dusk for sausages off the outdoor grill (there are vegan dogs as well), four to six beers, and wine on tap. There are tables in the outdoor yard where you can sit and relax and listen to music. 411 26th St. at Telegraph, Oakland.