A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that Reem Assil (of Reem’s California) had opened DYAFA for lunch service in the former Haven at Jack London Square in Oakland, and now dinner has launched. You can survey the menu, which also includes cocktails, wine (riesling flights!), and beer selected by beverage director Aaron Paul. Lunch is served Tue-Fri 11am-2pm and dinner is 5:30pm-10pm. 44 Webster St. at Water, Oakland, 510-250-9491.
Also in the neighborhood, the Chron reports that the former Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House is going to become FARMHOUSE OAKLAND, a Thai restaurant from the team behind SF’s popular Farmhouse Kitchen and Montclair’s Daughter Thai. Stand by for more. 336 Water St., Jack London Square, Oakland.
Great news (in case you missed it): Oakland restaurant owner Charlie Hallowell (who was accused of sexual harassment by more than 30 employees at his restaurants) and his business partner, Richard Weinstein, have sold ~BOOT AND SHOE SERVICE~ to a former employee, Jen Cremer, and her husband Richard Clark. According to the piece in the Scoop, they will continue to keep the menu, recipes, and staff the same. So that’s one Hallowell establishment you can feel better about supporting.
And now for some bad news: was sorry to hear POMPETTE has closed (via Nosh) in Berkeley (in the former Café Rouge space). 1782 4th St. at Delaware, Berkeley.
The cheerful and colorful dining room at Dyafa. Photo: Connor Bruce.