Here’s a meaty project now open in the East Bay: GALETO BRAZILIAN GRILL is now open in Old Oakland. The Brazilian-style restaurant comes from owner Eli Nascimento, a former co-owner at Espetus Churrascaria in San Francisco, and chef Robson Barreto, another alum of Espetus. The menu is prix-fixe ($18.95 at lunch, $34.95 at dinner), with cuts of meat carved tableside and a salad bar. Some Italian influence will appear on the menu, as well, with pasta dishes, eggplant caponata, and rotisserie chicken. Dessert is available à la carte, with choices like flan and Brazilian bread pudding. The space seats 80, and they are hoping to offer patio seating by the end of 2014 as well. 1019 Clay St. at 11th St., Oakland, 510-238-9388.
Right before deadline, we got a call from Matt Burger, who was trying to open a burger place in North Oakland last year. That project seemed to have fallen through, but now it turns out he’s got his sights on a new space. He recently secured the BARLATA space in Temescal, which will be closing in the coming months. Burger will be opening a neighborhood restaurant and bar in its place, called GRANGE HALL. They’ll offer craft cocktails, beer, and approachable food (of course there will have to be a burger on the menu). He’ll be serving as executive chef, and is bringing a still-unnamed craft cocktail bar manager from Chicago on board. They’re aiming for a mid-September opening after a brief remodel; the liquor license just went up today. 4901 Telegraph Ave. at 49th St.
Rick Hackett and Meredith Melville of Bocanova are getting ready to open a new restaurant in Jack London Square this summer, called JACK’S OYSTER BAR & FISH HOUSE. They’re working with chef Peter Villegas on a menu of seafood dishes including crudo and ceviche, whole fish specials, and fish and chips. The restaurant will include a 20-seat bar, as well as a semi-private dining room with space for 36, and a bayside patio for about 30. Once open, hours will be 11am-10pm daily. 336 Water St. at Franklin, Oakland, 510-271-7952.
It looks like WESTBRAE BIERGARTEN is now open softly, with a grand opening scheduled for Thursday June 12th. Berkeleyside Nosh originally reported on the outdoor beer garden, which offers an outdoor spot to enjoy beer and food. They’ve lined up two food vendors, Brazil Café and Roli Roti, to provide the vittles, and other vendors will also be in rotation. 1280 Gilman St. at Curtis, Berkeley.
The bar at Galeto, with salad bar on the left. Photo by Kibwe Daisy.