Salted caramel chocolate chip cookies at Gregory's Upstairs (via Facebook).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.
1) A while back
we noted the arrival of a new breakfast pop-up at Uptown Oakland’s AlaMar (100 Grand Ave.) — from no less highly vaunted a purveyor than nearby Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts, the cult favorite underground bakery
. Inside Scoop
reports that, after a short test run, Gregory’s Upstairs officially launched this week, and will be open Tuesday through Friday, 7–10 a.m. Customers can expect a rotating selection of sweet and savory baked goods, including quiches, scones, and a take on a Dutch Baby pancake. I can personally vouch for the giant wedges of pound cake made with 7-Up.
2) Earlier this year, I reported
that Ajuzoun (15 Embarcadero), a Korean-owned restaurant serving Japanese sushi and American-style grilled steaks, would be taking over the former Zazoo’s space on the Oakland waterfront. In an email, chef-owner WonBin Lim tells me that the restaurant softly opened this past Saturday. From now until Ajuzoun’s official — as of yet unannounced — grand opening celebration, there will be a 30 percent discount on all food.
3) Cakes and Purls
(2115 Allston Way), a combo New York-style bakery and knitting store in downtown Berkeley, will close by the end of the month, Berkeleyside Nosh
reports. It seemed as though that might be a winning combination — all the knitters in my life are also baked goods enthusiasts. Alas, it sounds as though business never picked up steam
4) A brief update on the Adams Point brunch spot Kitchen 388 (388 Grand Ave.), which closed temporarily
due to a change in ownership, as we reported last week. According to Eater
, the restaurant’s new proprietor is Philip Thoman, who owns Olea
, a restaurant in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood known for its Mexican-inflected brunch dishes. Diners can expect to see a little more of that kind of thing at Kitchen 388 moving forward. The restaurant is slated to reopen for brunch starting on Friday, June 19
, with dinner service to follow after that.
Newly installed beer taps at Victory Burger (via Facebook).
5) Victory Burger
(1099 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland) has acquired a beer and wine license. That means you can now wash down your burger or arepa
with one of five rotating draft beers, a glass of wine, or a sake-spiked seasonal agua fresca
. The North Oakland burger joint will also offer half-price pitchers during its new Happy Hour program — 5–7 p.m. on weekdays and 3–7 p.m. on weekends.
6) Umami Mart (815 Broadway), the Old Oakland-based purveyor of — and strong proponent for — all good things related to Japanese food culture, is hosting a free tasting of Hiroguchi coffee
, from the highly regarded Tokyo craft roaster. The tasting will take place this Saturday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
7) Hopscotch (1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland) is celebrating its third anniversary on Thursday, June 18 with a special dinner — a recreation of the dinner chef Kyle Itani served last week at the James Beard House in New York City. The $170 all-inclusive dinner with cocktail pairings will start at 6:30 p.m. (You can view the original Beard House menu here
.) If that doesn’t fit your budget, the restaurant is also running a different $3 anniversary special
during lunch and dinner every day this week — today’s is a Maple Old Fashioned.
8) Finally, ICYMI, I did a roundup of new brunch spots
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