Interior seating at Perdition Smokehouse. Photo courtesy of Perdition Smokehouse.
~PERDITION SMOKEHOUSE~ is getting ready to open on Friday June 20th in Berkeley. As previously mentioned, the project comes from Chuck Stilphen, of the Trappist and Mikkeller Bar, and chef Michael O’Brien. In addition to 43 rotating domestic craft beers on tap, you’ll find a classic barbecue menu focused on dry-rubbed meats. There’s brisket, pork shoulder, hot links, and ribs, as well as sides like macaroni and cheese, collards, and coleslaw. For seating, there are 80 seats inside, with an additional 50 at picnic tables in the adjoining courtyard. The dining room is built around a giant smoker in the center of the room, where the meats will spend hours cooking. Oh, and guess what else is on tap? Cold-pressed Blue Bottle coffee! (Note to self: I need one of those taps in my apartment.) Hours are 5pm-12am, with lunch hours coming later this summer. 2050 University Ave. at Shattuck, 510-900-5858.
Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent are getting ready to open their new project, ~SHAKEWELL~, in Oakland on Wednesday July 2nd. As previously mentioned on tablehopper, the new space will be open and airy, with seating for 40 in the dining room and 30 in the bar area. The full bar will feature six classic cocktails as well as six seasonal, rotating cocktails, and the menu will have a Mediterranean influence, with a focus on Spanish dishes. We’ll have more details for you when the opening is a little closer. 3407 Lakeshore Ave. at Trestle Glen.