by Luke Tsai
The long-awaited second location of the popular Japanese izakaya B-Dama (4301 Piedmont Ave., Oakland), inside Swan’s Marketplace in Old Oakland, should be ready to open sometime in July, according to owner Chikara Ono. Ono said that construction on the space is complete, and he’s just waiting for the fire and health department inspections and beer/wine license to come through.
As previously reported, the new restaurant will focus on Japanese street foods and rice bowls — rice topped with ginger pork, Japanese curry, or gravy-soaked hamburger steak (similar to Hawaiian loco moco), for instance. Other likely menu items include ramen, kushikatsu (fried-meat skewers), and huge sushi hand rolls. There will, of course, be plenty of sake.