The combo rice bowl from Halal Guys in New York. Yelp photo by Danny L.
Spicy tamarind pork ribs from Ramen Shop, now available all day on weekends. Photo courtesy of Ramen Shop.
By Dana Eastland. Back in February, news hit that New York’s famed ~HALAL GUYS~ has a franchise deal to expand into Northern California, starting with locations in San Francisco and Berkeley. Well, now Scoop is reporting that they’ll be opening in the former Le Regal space in downtown Berkeley. They are currently hiring for the Berkeley location and hope to open in February 2016. Of course we’ll let you know when they are officially open for business. 2126 Center St. at Shattuck, Berkeley.
Taiwan-based chain ~85C BAKERY CAFE~ has opened their newest location in Berkeley. Chowhounds caught the opening, and initial Yelp reports cite a large location, variety of pastries, and lots of tea and coffee options. 21 Shattuck Sq. at University, Berkeley, 510-540-8585.
Tonight, Tuesday October 20th, the tradition of free community pizza night started at Nick’s Pizza is being continued at ~NICK AND ARON’S~. From 6pm to 8pm, all are invited to join them for free pizza, salad, housemade beverages, and a celebration of community. Beer and wine will be available at happy hour prices, and a local DJ will provide live music. 4316 Telegraph Ave. at 43rd St., Oakland, 510-250-9538.
We spotted a post on Instagram saying that ~RAMEN SHOP~ is going to be open for weekend lunch starting this Saturday October 24th. We reached out to co-owner Sam White, who confirms the news and says that the menu will stay essentially the same, with donburi, fried rice, and three varieties of ramen. They’ll be open straight through until dinner, meaning weekend hours are now Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10:30pm.
Earlier this year, we reported on the Albany location of ~PHO AO SEN~, which is in a former Sizzler. The new outpost will open on Friday October 23rd, according to their website. 665 San Pablo Ave. at Portland, Albany, 510-679-5000.