A16 ROCKRIDGE All things going well, A16 Rockridge, the sister restaurant to A16 in San Francisco, will open May 30 in the old Hudson/Garibaldi space at 5356 College Ave. This is the third restauraunt for co-owners Victoria Libin and Shelley Lindgren (also the wine director), who, along with A16 in the Marina, run Michelin-starred SPQR in the Fillmore district. Chef Rocky Maselli, formerly chef-owner of Osteria Sfizo, a modern Italian restaurant in Eugene, Ore., is running the kitchen. Expect his dishes to be influenced by the cuisine of the coastal regions surrounding Italy’s A16 highway. (On the opening menu: selection of crudo, including Somerset oysters and Fort Bragg sea urchin; roasted calamari with lovage salsa verde, lemon and fried corona beans; Montanara Rockridge pizza with lightly fried dough, smoky tomato sauce, burrata and basil; salsiccia e vongole; crispy fried lamb sweetbreads with peas and marsala, and pork polpettone with egg, spring onion, and roasted baby carrots.) In preparation for his new role, Maselli recently went to Naples to earn his pizzaiolo certification, and travelled along the A16 highway researching recipes. Drinks will focus on Southern Italian wines and Italian-inspired cocktails. Think “rustic charm” for the décor which was designed in collaboration with Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture. A16 will also offer that rare thing for the East Bay: late-night dining. For details, follow A16 Rockridge on Facebook, or at on Twitter at @A16Rockridge.
KEREN CAFÉ AND MARKET According to A Temescal Blog a new spot called Keren Café and Market has opened on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. Details are sketchy, but it sounds like the restaurant is joining the area’s cluster of Ethiopian eateries and serving specialties from that country as well as coffee. Find it at 3932 Telegraph Ave. just south of 40th Street.
TOAST Restaurant/wine bar Toast in Rockridge has expanded into the space next door, nearly doubling its size, which gives them a full kitchen and an expanded menu, reports Tablehopper. Its menu will now include roasted chicken, pastas and grilled meats, with sandwiches, salads and soup at lunch. Toast, 5900 College Ave. at Chabot Road, Oakland, 510-658-5900.
What else is going on…
FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets’ ninth annual Family Fun Festival in Berkeley takes place Saturday, June 1. Described as “a whole day of free fun for the whole family,” it is co-sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, the City of Berkeley Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department, BART, and Parents’ Press. Featuring hands-on activities, games, contests, performances and informational booths. Admission is free. Where: Saturday farmers market at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street. When: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SHOPS AT BROADWAY The developer of the proposed Shops at Broadway project is holding a community meeting on the project, which involves an approximately 26,000-square-foot grocery store and approximately 10,000 square feet of additional commercial space in a new one-story building. The project site is located at the northwest corner of Broadway and 30th Street in the Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan area. Meeting details: Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8 p.m. at Z Café meeting room, 2801 Broadway. For more information about the Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan, please visit the plan website. For more information about the meeting, call 510-849-4811.
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