Back in June, tablehopper broke the news that Donato Scotti of Donato Enoteca in Redwood City was going to be opening his own project in the BORGO ITALIA space in Oakland. His restaurant DESCO is now open; you can look at the menu (full of handmade pastas) here. There are also Neapolitan pizze and schiacciate cooked in a wood-fired oven. There is also full liquor, outdoor seating, and lunch is starting in two weeks (dinner only for now)! Hours will be Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 499 9th St. at Washington, Oakland, 510-663-9000.
As mentioned in tablehopper last week, Berkeley’s O CHAMÉ has sadly closed. Well, according to Scoop, it turns out that it’s been taken over by Shotaro Kamio, who has been running the show at Yoshi’s locations in both Oakland and San Francisco for years. Now, he and O Chamé’s owner David Vardy have reportedly been working together to transition the new space into Kamio’s hands. More details, including a new name, are due in the coming weeks. 1830 4th St. at Hearst, Berkeley.
Every Monday in August, head to BEAUTY’S BAGEL SHOP for a brisket pop-up from Augie’s Montreal Smoke Meat. From 11am-3pm, you can check out their Montreal-style smoked and cured brisket. On Fridays, Beauty’s is also making bagel dogs, and they’re available starting around noon. Call ahead to make sure they’ve still got ‘em! 3838 Telegraph Ave. at 40th St., Oakland, 510-788-6098.
Here are some opportunities to help out some upcoming Oakland projects. First up, CURBSIDE CREAMERY is trying to move into the Temescal Alley, and they’ve got a final push for their Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds. A mere $5 contribution gets you a scoop of ice cream, plus the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping out in a big way. You can also throw down for Top Chefs Jennifer Biesty and Tim Nugent, who are opening SHAKEWELL in Oakland’s Lakeshore neighborhood. Contributions to their Kickstarter start at just $5 dollars, so lend them a hand!
The front entrance at O Chamé. Yelp photo by Toro E.