Oakland Openings: FuseBox and Kitchen 388 Reopens

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Pickled items at FuseBox; photo from East Bay Express.

I can’t wait to cross the bridge to check out the upcoming ~FUSEBOX~, opening this Thursday May 3rd. As previously mentioned on tablehopper, this West Oakland Korean-American restaurant is from chef Sunhui Chang, a “kkochi-gui pub/sojubang” (kkochi-gui is Korean for grilled skewers), serving affordable dishes in an izakaya format.

This piece in the East Bay Express mentions a preview dinner of “pork-butt udon soup, the bacon-wrapped mochi with pickled mustard seeds, the cubes of house-made tofu crusted in rice flour, the spicy-sweet fried chicken, and the array of pickled things (shitake mushrooms, sparkler radish, bok choy, etc.).” (If you’re way into pickles, be sure to read more about the pickled items in this story on Bay Area Bites.) The story also mentions plans for an upcoming outdoor patio, a soft-serve machine, and grill. For the next two weeks, FuseBox will be open for lunch at 11:30am on Thursdays and Fridays, and then expanding hours later on, plus adding dinner hours. 2311A Magnolia St. at 24th St., Oakland, 510-444-3100.

East Bay Express also mentions the comeback of ~KITCHEN 388~, reopening this week after chef-owner Joseph Dunbar struggled with a month-long hospital visit. It will reopen for dinner service Wed-Sun, starting this Wednesday May 2nd. Look for a concise menu, and beer and wine are available, plus table service. Sounds like summer is the target for launching breakfast and lunch. 388 Grand Ave. at Staten, Oakland, 510-893-3005.