East Bay friends, get ready to start your engines (or top up your BART card) to head to Fruitvale for the opening of NYUM BAI from Nite Yun in the former Half Orange space. I’ll have more on this Cambodian street food outpost in a couple of weeks—it’s due to open on Saturday February 17th. Nite’s beautiful cooking bewitched many of us during her pop-ups in San Francisco and at her stand in the Emeryville Public Market, and now she has her own brick and mortar. It will be open Wed-Mon 11am-2:30pm and 5pm-9pm.
Open now in Rockridge is the first LA BOULANGERIE DE SAN FRANCISCO, serving Pascal Rigo’s lineup of croissants, egg sandwiches, tartines, salads, and coffee service. It opened in the former Pasta Pomodoro. Open Mon-Fri 6:30am-7pm, Sat 7am-7pm, and Sun 7am-6pm. 5500 College Ave. at Lawton, Oakland, 510-350-8332. [Via Nosh.]
Another SF import that will be coming over to the East Bay is a second location of the Mission’s ELBO ROOM. While the bar begins to count down its last year on its lease in SF, it will be opening in Jack London Square in the former Night Light (also a two-level space) as ELBO ROOM JACK LONDON SQUARE. Eater caught the announcement on Facebook, and it looks like an early to mid-February opening is the current timeline. So, soon. 311 Broadway at 4th St., Oakland.
That same Nosh post mentions Cassandra Chen of CC Made is in soft-opening mode of her new café, ZAZZI FOODS, offering granola bowls (she owns and produces Café Fanny granola), toasts, and more, including coffee service with Tartine Coffee Manufactory. 1398 University Ave. at Acton, Berkeley.
Berkeley students should be happy with the new location of SLIVER PIZZERIA after their quick shuttering in their former location, serving their vegetarian pie of the day in the former Pieology. Now open daily 11am-10:30pm at 2468 Telegraph Ave. at Haste, Berkeley. Via Nosh
While Charlie Hallowell’s restaurant group (Pizzaiolo, Penrose, and Boot & Shoe Service) attempts to stabilize while he “steps away” for a six-month leave—with some employees choosing to leave since he isn’t—it looks like the second location of ~BOOT AND SHOE SERVICE~ that was coming to Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue has been put on hold. The Chronicle piece also mentions there is a new chief operating officer, Donna Insalaco, who will run the restaurants for now.
Nyum Bai’s chicken curry with nom pachok. Photo via Facebook.