Back in July, we mentioned Local Café (next door to Adesso) was going to be replaced by SLICER PIZZERIA, a venture from Colin Etezadi (Boot & Shoe, Pizzaiolo, Camino) serving affordable but quality pizza with seasonal toppings. Thanks to a heads-up from East Bay Express, we learned the place is now open. It’s meant to be more of a takeout place instead of a sit-down spot, so call ahead with your order; you can also get slices, plus salads, dessert (panna cotta with basil, yes please), and beer and aguas frescas to drink. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-9pm. 4395 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley, 510-808-5424.
Exciting news over on Linden Street: James Syhabout (Commis, Hawker Fare) is partnering with Adam Lamoreaux (Linden Street Brewery) to open a beer garden and restaurant in West Oakland: THE DOCK AT LINDEN STREET. And how convenient—it will be right by the Linden Street Brewery. Scoop mentions Syhabout’s menu will include beer-friendly food from around the world. There will also be full liquor. Stand by for news about the opening date—they’re going through permitting at the moment. 95 Linden St. at 3rd St., Oakland.
There’s a new taker for the former Nan Yang space in Oakland: OSMANTHUS, from Michael Chiang, with chef Julia Klein (previously at Terra in St. Helena). Scoop says: “Her menu will include sections like raw dishes, noodles, small plates and large plates. Influences will span from China, Japan and southeast Asia.” (There will also be a strong California influence with the ingredient sourcing.) Bonus: there will also be a full bar offering craft cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients. Look for an opening in mid-October. 6048 College Ave. at Florio, Oakland.
Now (partially) open in its new location is ALCHEMY COLLECTIVE—the new café is just about four blocks away from the original location. The co-op café now has seating, a bathroom, Wi-Fi, and food will be coming soon. There’s a little patio and window for now; the interior of the café will be open soon. Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm. 1741 Alcatraz Ave. at Ellis, Berkeley, 510-969-6250.
After trying to get updates on the place after a preview story we ran last year, it is apparently official: ACAPULCO has reopened under new ownership. The new owner is Mike Wiesner, of Paradiso in San Leandro and Boulevard Burger in Castro Valley, and his business partner Gordon Galvan. According to Alameda A La Carte, the restaurant is now softly open, serving a limited dinner menu. Beloved dishes from the previous ownership under the Quintero family remain, including the queso fundido. The rest of the menu is standard Mexican fare, like taco plates, combination platters, and burritos; take a peek here. Oh, and they’ve also secured a full liquor license, so the margaritas are made with the hard stuff (the wine margaritas were pretty infamous). Right now, hours are Sun, Tue-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm; weekend brunch and weekday lunch will be added soon. 2100 Lincoln Ave. at Willow, 510-239-4912.
The counter at Slicer Pizzeria. Photo via EBX.