FLOUR & CO AIMS FOR OCTOBER OPENING While owner Emily Day had originally hoped to open a Berkeley outpost of her San Francisco-based Flour & Co. bakery in June, construction didn’t get going until later this summer. Now it appears that Flour & Co. is making progress; the bakery has a sign out front and much of the cosmetic work inside is completed. Flour & Co. will be a similar spot to the original Nob Hill bakery, with classic American pastries and cookies on offer, all made with the highest quality ingredients. The bakery, which will be located in the former Bread Workshop space, will also have breakfast and lunch menus, and it will be serving coffee from Stumptown, a popular roasting company out of Portland, OR. Day wrote on her blog that she will be training staff this week and hopes to open next month. Flour & Co. will be at 1398 University Ave. (at Acton). Connect with the bakery on Facebook and Twitter.
TACOS SINALOA OPENS TODAY The Berkeley brick-and-mortar location of Tacos Sinaloa is holding its grand opening today (and continuing through the weekend) at 2384 Telegraph Ave. The first 10 diners to arrive this Friday, Saturday and Sunday can snag a free order of three tacos and an agua fresca to wash them down. Additionally, Tacos Sinaloa is handing out a free taco for every two tacos purchased all day today. Tacos Sinaloa is one of the most popular trucks on East Oakland’s International Boulevard and until this point, had resisted building a brick-and-mortar spot. We visited Tacos Sinaloa during our 2013 tour of Fruitvale-area taco trucks, and we particularly enjoyed the chorizo, al pastor and shrimp tacos. Tacos Sinaloa is at 2384 Telegraph Ave. (near Channing Way), Berkeley. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.
ENDGAME CAFÉ COMING SOON Old Oakland’s board-game store Endgame has been working on building an attached café since last spring. The café will function as a community-focused outpost of the store; guests will be able to play games, listen to live music and drink coffee (from Berkeley-based Supersonic Coffee) until the wee hours. The store successfully funded the café on Kickstarter, but construction has been slow going. Co-owner Chris Hanrahan wrote on the café’s Kickstarter page that they are “finally in the home stretch” after a year of construction. He added, “none of us, including our experts we hired, had any idea of how long this would really take.” Despite the delays, Hanrahan hopes to be open sometime in October. The Endgame Café will be 921 Washington St. (at 10th Street), Oakland. Connect with the store on Facebook and Twitter.
EMERYVILLE PUBLIC MARKET TO INCLUDE BREW PUB Construction is continuing to progress at the re-vamped Emeryville Public Market. We last brought you news of two new vendors, Mayo & Mustard and We Sushi, to join Shiba Ramen and KoJa Kitchen. Now, the E’ville Eye reports that a brewpub will be added to the former Broken Rack space. No word yet on the brewery moving in. We will keep you posted as we learn more. Public Market Emeryville is at 5959 Shellmound St., Emeryville. Connect with the market on Facebook and Twitter.
85ºC TO OPEN NEXT WEEK In November, we alerted you to the fact that a new bakery was coming to downtown Berkeley. The large 85°C Bakery Café is scheduled to open Sept. 26. The Taiwan-founded chain is putting the finishing touches to the space and has been hiring staff. Expect “five-star quality coffee, cakes and breads at not so five-star prices.” The first 85°C Bakery Café opened in Taipei in 2004 and the company now has more than 700 stores in Taiwan, China, Australia, Hong Kong and the U.S., including in San Jose. 85ºC is holding a grand opening celebration Sept. 26-27, offering a free coffee mug with all purchases of at least $20 and a sea salt drink coupon with the purchase of any drink. 85ºC Bakery Café will be at 21 Shattuck Square (at University) Berkeley.
MAI BANH MI UPDATE Two weeks ago, we mentioned the pending opening of Mai Banh Mi in the former Nina’s Nutritious Cookies spot at 61st and Telegraph. The sandwich shop appears to be opening imminently; it has a menu-board up and the owners are putting finishing touches on exterior paint. On the menu will be eight different banh mi sandwiches, including headcheese, pork cake and a vegetarian option, plus four types of spring rolls, a couple of salads and several rice/vermicelli bowl combinations. Mai Banh Mi will be at 6601 Telegraph Ave. (at 66th Street), Oakland.
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NOSH/AMELIE LAST CALL AT BERKELEY REP Cap off your night at Berkeley Rep after tonight’s performance of Amélie, A New Musical, and taste wine, spirits, and other culinary delights from local vendors. Samplings at the event, which is sponsored by NOSH, are free with your ticket and begin immediately following the performance. The recently opened Amélie musical, which is based on the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, has wowed critics since it opened last week — including our own Emily Mendel who described it as “entrancing.” Amélie runs through Oct. 11. Visit tickets.berkeleyrep.org for more information.
EAT REAL FEST Oakland’s annual celebration of local, sustainable food and drink returns to Jack London Square for the seventh year this weekend. The Eat Real Festival is an event put on by Oakland’s Food Craft Institute, and includes vendors from across the Bay Area, plus live music and some pretty epic food demonstrations. Think a “whole-hog-athon” butchery race, a “celebration” of offal cuts, and master classes on cocktail mixology. Slightly more serious-minded guests should also check out the presentations on drought-conscious cooking and water-wise gardening put on by Mario Hernandez and Sunset Magazine, respectively. Another exciting addition to the festival this year is the “Cider Saloon,” which will showcase west coast ciders, including Oakland’s Crooked City. “It’s year seven of Eat Real Fest and we’re feeling lucky! Lucky to be able to call Oakland home. Lucky that we’ve been able to see Oakland grow and thrive over the past seven years. And especially lucky that we’ve been able to grow alongside this amazing community of crafters, makers and eaters!” said festival director Ally DeArman in a prepared statement. Eat Real is free to attend; all food items for sale are $8 or less. Eat Real Festival will be in Jack London Square, near Broadway and Embarcadero. Connect with the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.