Now Oakland has a chance to #lickthat with the opening of the latest HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE location at The Hive, its first East Bay address. Starting in September, they will be launching Oakland tribute flavors each month (the first collaborations will be with Oaklandish, Feelmore, the Oakland Museum of Art, and Oaktown Spice Shop). You can’t miss the bright blue shipping container, recycled and retired from the Port of Oakland and painted in Humphry Slocombe signature blue. UrbanBloc built and refurbished the environmentally-friendly container with the help of students from Laney College’s carpentry program. Right on. Hours are Mon-Thu 1pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm. 2335 Broadway at 24th St., Oakland.
Good news: the beautiful LONGITUDE, which sadly closed earlier this year, is going to have another tiki-friendly owner moving into the space: THE KON-TIKI. Hoodline reports (via Critiki) the new owners are Christ Aivaliotis (of SF’s Holy Mountain) and Matthew Reagan. There will also be a food menu from Manuel Bonilla, previously at Hawker Fare Oakland, and they plan to serve until last call (12am on weekdays, 1am on the weekend). They hope to open in October. 347 14th St. at Webster, Oakland.
East Bay Express brings word (and pictures) of GIO’S PIZZA AND BOCCE, (formerly Giovanni’s) which was brought back to life after a fire with new owners. There’s a simple Italian menu focused on Sicilian-style pizza and calzones from Fred Oliveira (Boulevard, Sea Salt in Berkeley), along with some appetizers, salads, and pasta. There’s also reportedly quite the vintage amaro and vermouth collection, along with spritzes on tap, cocktails, beer, and more. And per the name, there’s a bocce court. Come by for aperitivo hour from 5pm-6pm, with the kitchen open until 10pm, and the bar even later. Brunch is coming soon. 2420 Shattuck Ave. at Channing, Berkeley, 510-647-9963.
The new Humphry Slocombe shipping container at The Hive in Oakland. Photo courtesy of Humphry Slocombe.