Two new Oakland projects to watch: opening in the former Sweet Jimmie’s on Broadway is THE NIGHT LIGHT, from owners Douglas Kinsey and John Nackley (they both worked at Radio and Ruby Room, and have known each other for more than 20 years). The lounge is going to have an eclectic look spanning the turn of the century to the 1940s, with flocked wallpaper, French empire chandeliers, low lighting, and lots of wood. There will be a cabaret vibe, with DJs, dancing, and bands playing indie rock and Americana. Kinsey said to me, “It’s going to be relaxed, fun, and safe” (as in no more shootings, which is what closed Sweet Jimmie’s). The cocktails will feature new takes on classics, without being too heavy on technique. The lounge will start on the ground floor of the two-story space for now; look for an opening at the end of February. Hours will be daily 4pm-2am. 311 Broadway at 3rd St., Oakland.
According to the East Bay Express, THE PARKWAY theater-pub will be reopening in Oakland’s Uptown Art Murmur district. The location is “a 7,800-square-foot former sheet-glass factory currently used for special events.” There are many more details in the article, but highlights include plans for two screening rooms, a café and bar area, and hopes to open by the summer/fall. 474 24th St. at Valley, Oakland.