The coffee experts at teeny-weeny CRO CAFÉ will now have a little more room, East Bay Express reports. The tenants at Temescal Alley, where the café is located, has been playing musical chairs in recent months, and CRO has ended up with a larger home. The new space is still petite (only 240 square feet), but that’s still an expansion. You still won’t find any interior seating, but the coffee cart has been replaced by a counter. The new space will also allow for an expanded menu, including iced coffee on tap (apparently it develops a “head,” like beer) and housemade sodas. They’ve also added a rotating single-origin pour-over coffee from Linea Caffé, in addition to their current Sightglass offerings. There is also more space for food options, including bagels from Authentic Bagel Company, and some grab-and-go items may be coming soon. Temescal Alley, 49th St. at Telegraph, Oakland.
We’ve been tracking this one for a while and now East Bay Dish reports that the day has finally come: LOST & FOUND, a beer garden and restaurant from the team behind The Layover, is opening on Sunday April 20th. Co-owner Christi Vaughn tells us that the large space in downtown Oakland is about 10,000 square feet, including a 7,000-square-foot beer garden, which is the focus of the spot. It will be family-friendly and casual, with counter service and more than 20 beers on tap. The beer garden features picnic tables, complete with outdoor games like cornhole and Ping-Pong, plus a fenced-in area for kids to play. They’re going for a very open, inclusive atmosphere, where laptops and office meetings will be as welcome as couples and families.
On the menu, look for eclectic choices, like elote-style corn on the cob, spicy Korean chicken wings, and sandwiches. They’ll be softly open in April, while they finalize the menu and hours. Their first day, Sunday April 20th, they’ll be open from 2pm-8pm. April hours will be Wed-Sun 10am-10pm, and as of May 1st, hours will be Tue-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am. 2040 Telegraph Ave. at 21st St., 510-763-2040.
Cold-brewed and iced Sightglass coffee at the CRO Café. Photo: © tablehopper.com.