Project Updates on Aziza in Jackson Square, Nopalito Sunset, and B-Side


Tanya Holland; photo from Facebook.

Inside Scoop brings word that Mourad Lahlou of Aziza will no longer be opening his second restaurant in the 500 Jackson Street location (most recently Zinnia). In the meantime, he’s going to be busy promoting his brand-new cookbook, Mourad: New Moroccan. You can catch one of his readings on Saturday November 12th at Omnivore Books from 3pm-4pm, and at Green Apple Books on Saturday November 19th at 1pm.

In case you were wondering about the timeline of the second location of ~NOPALITO~ that is opening in the Sunset, the most recent update points to an early 2012 opening. 1224 9th Ave. at Lincoln.

And here’s an update on Oakland’s ~B-SIDE~ from tablehopper intern Daniel Azarkman, which we last mentioned back in June: “By the beginning of 2012, chef/owner Tanya Holland of West Oakland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen aims to have opened B-Side, a new barbecue joint in the former space of Yardie Jerk. The 30-seat restaurant is going for an Old West look with exposed wooden beams, saloon-style bar stools, and even some wall art featuring Tanya dressed up as a cowgirl. The menu will pay tribute to the simplicity of some of the better local barbecue places, with house-smoked hot links, brisket, and pork ribs taking up most of the stage. Expect classic sides like baked beans and potato salad, plus maybe a few of the crowd favorites from BSK. As the neighborhood is one best suited to daytime foot traffic, it’s looking like lunch only at least in the restaurant’s early months.” 3303 San Pablo Ave. at 34th St., Oakland.