One of my favorite Italian phrases, DISCO VOLANTE (flying saucer) will be launching in Oakland in mid-October. The restaurant will feature live music, and will serve until midnight. The kitchen is headed by Douglas Bernstein (formerly of Eccolo, Bacar, and Farallon), and the ownership group includes nightlife impresarios Damon Gallagher (Ghost Town Gallery) and Tim Tolle (Radio Bar and The Ruby Room), and food writer Kevin Cook (The OakBook). Look for local, seasonal, sustainable cuisine grounded in French technique, with nothing over $20, and the wine list is by consulting sommelier Stephen Lebord. The restaurant/club is in a jade-tile Art Deco commercial block, and includes stained glass panels rescued from San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. As for the music, there will be an eclectic array of select musicians Thu-Sat starting at 10pm, including local but seminal jazz and blues musicians, with shows ranging from Afrobeat, to bluegrass, and roots country. There will also be lunch Mon-Fri, and dinner daily until 1am weekdays and 2am on weekends. 347 14th St. at Webster, Oakland.
Exterior photo from Disco Volante’s Facebook page.