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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Coi's sibling "Plum" opened in Oakland

Plum officially opened to the public last night, after much pregame buzz. Here’s an early look from The Chronicle, which visited last night to take the menu for test drive for Sunday’s “What’s New” print feature. All meals are paid for by The Chronicle.

Please note that this first look isn’t anything remotely resembling a review, but simply descriptive, objective snapshots of the restaurant during its first week to give potential diners an idea of what to expect. Mr. Bauer will weigh in with his thoughts in a few months’ time.

Anyway, here’s the skinny about a dinner for two.

Food ordered: Chilled eggplant soup with cumin and coriander undertones, topped with …[More


Daniel Patterson the four-star chef - an Oakland resident - has taken over a fried chicken joint in the Uptown district (2214 Broadway) with plans to open by early summer.

But whereas Bracina will slant toward rustic, open-hearth cuisine, Plum will be more like a younger sibling of Coi, albeit with lower prices.

With modern, ingredient-driven dishes falling in the $9-$19 range, it'll resemble Coi's lounge menu, but better, according to Patterson. [More]


Sunday, September 19, 2010

In six years, 191 businesses have moved into Oakland

New venue, Vitus, to open in Oakland, plus more restaurants and bars — and maybe shopping?
By Kathleen Richards Eastbay Express
Much to the delight of city officials, downtown Oakland continues to be a magnet for new businesses despite the slowed economy. Restaurants, bars, and clubs are moving into formerly vacant storefronts, remodeling long-decayed interiors, and beckoning entertainment seekers from as far away as the West Bay.
In six years, 191 businesses have moved into downtown Oakland, according to Brian Kendall, who's in charge of downtown development in the city's Community and Economic Development Agency. In five years, the vacancy rate downtown has dropped from 25 percent to less than 5, he said, and only a few of the new endeavors have gone out of business.

"The great thing is the people who are doing well are doing really, really well," said Kendall, citing Hibiscus restaurant, which just started serving lunch. "The amount of vitality is fantastic. It's the first time in forty years that downtown has been a destination again."
While there certainly has been no shortage of restaurants and bars moving into the area, now there will be more live music as well, Kendall said.

Vitus, named after the "patron saint of entertainers and Bohemia," will be a restaurant/bar/club located at 347 14th Street, according to owner Damon Gallagher of local band Damon & the Heathens. "We are going to have a full restaurant and bar, plus intimate venue," Gallagher confirmed in an e-mail. "We will serve food late-night, which has been absent from Oakland for some time." The decor will resemble "an old art deco jazz club with new touches," and the music will be "intimate and eclectic."
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Photographer Rosanna Anson hits the BIG TIME!

You may recall an earlier blog about Rosanna (aka RUS) Anson who came to San Francisco from Barcelona, Spain on a photography scholarship for her masters degree. I met Rus through my daughter who was living in an apartment in SF. They needed a new roommate and came together through craigslist as many 20 somethings do these days. My daughter started to tell me about Rus and showed me some of her work just at the time that we were putting together the first models at PCL. I loved her images and worked out a trade where we would give her exposure in exchange for using her images in our models in addition to rolling her images and bio on a flat screen in our largest model. People loved them and they brought so much color and conversation to the spaces. Lucky us! So perfect for a loft. Since that time Rus has won a national award and was included in a show at the Lincoln Center in New York. But that isn't even the big time that I am blogging about! Rosanna's work has grown and blossomed since then and her interest has been directed mostly at fashion photography. Well good thing because she is a master! Her imagination and photographs have just graced the cover of both 7x7 San Francisco Magazine and Magazine 180! In addition she has 8 pages of images in the main 7x7 fashion spread. You can check out more of her work at rusanson.com. We will be keeping an eye on Rus and keep you posted of her work. Rumor has it that she has a beautiful new website launching soon. Congratulations Rus...we knew you when!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Oakland named “Town of the Future”

In the West: 20 towns of the future: Oakland: Urban farming

San Francisco’s scruffy neighbor to the east quietly cultivated a food revolution with urban farming, DIY classes, meat CSAs, and a foraging movement to take full advantage of all that backyard fruit.

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