It’s been a month of gathering outdoors, in parks and under the shade of trees (i.e. Bay Area air conditioning), invigorating the community and continuing to attempt to build a new foundation from debris of recent years.
Meanwhile, the following former community shelters, some of which have been loved by locals for decades, have chosen the start of summer to say goodbye.
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SHEN HUA Elmwood neighborhood stalwart Shen Hua was like a dear friend to Berkeley students and locals for 25 years. “My favorite place in the world,” one Instagram follower commented, amid many upset responses to owner Edward Chu. closing announcement on social media and posted on the front door of the Chinese restaurant. The daily californian called it an “important staple of the campus experience” and deeply mourned its loss as a celebratory restaurant that will be sorely missed. As noted on on SF Gate, Shen Hua is one of many Chinese stars in the East Bay neighborhood that have closed in recent months. Diners are starting to dread seeing homemade signs posted on the doors. Shen Hua was at 2914 College Ave.
SHIHLIN TAIWAN STREET SNACKS The Berkeley site near Cal of this Taiwanese street food chain has closed after five years. Luckily, there are still six Bay Area locations, from Fremont to the Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco, where fans can always get their fix. The Sather Lane space in Berkeley has already reopened as Noody (see this month’s openings). Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks was on Sather Lane at 2431 Durant Ave., Suite B.
SPUN SUGAR We hate to break into local bakers, cake decorators and candy makers, but Linda Moreno’s unique boutique oasis for chocolate, sanding sugars, candy molds, bakeware and all Essential and specialty sweet supplies for the high-end (or most amateur) confectioner has closed. Not just a sugar shop, Spun Sugar was also a wonderful local resource for sugar art lessons, and Moreno let Nosh know via email that his reasons for closing the store were to further that focus. “I’m just changing my path to teach more,” Moreno said, “and get away from a six-day week and long hours.” Good news for future students. Spun Sugar was at 1611 University Ave.
TAKO SUSHI Open for at least 15 years, probably longer, Tako Sushi was a convenient, student- and budget-friendly Telegraph Avenue sushi and bento box restaurant with a casual dining room and back patio. Diners recently noticed service and quality issues, then a reader (thanks!) informed us that Tako appears to have closed, “in a hurry” – the venue is ghosted and even the lettering on the outside sign has been hastily removed. The website and phone were disconnected and attempts to reach the owners were unsuccessful. Students, we are sorry for your loss of fast and casual sushi. Tako Sushi was at 2379 Telegraph Ave.
GOOD TO EAT POP-UP MEATBALLS AT ORIGINAL PATTERN BREWING CO. This group of Taiwanese dumplings Emeryville’s brand new brick and mortar at 1298 65th street. is booming, so the team said “so long” in late June to their four-year pop-up at Original Brewing Co design. A farewell message honored their hosts and experience there, and called the departure a “bittersweet graduation”. Be prepared to queue at their new permanent ravioli shop. Meanwhile, Original Pattern has an array of upcoming pop-ups planned, including the food of Citizen Pizza and Woo knows how to cook. Good to eat dumplings The old pop-up was at Original Pattern Brewing Co. in Oakland.
NIKKO FAMILY RESTAURANT This one will stir up memories for many: An Alameda tipster let us know that Nikko’s Family restaurant in Oakland near Alameda has closed for good, taking decades of breakfasts away with it. old fashioned, chicken fried steak, burgers, spaghetti, drinks and coffee – all available (pre-COVID) a nostalgic 24 hours a day. Nikko’s undated menu says it has served the Bay Area for “over 60 years”, but since management is gone and records are sketchy – one site simply puts it, in Yogi Berra’s fashion, “Nikko’s has been serving the Bay Area since opening”. – Nosh hopes there’s a reader or Oakland historian who can actually pinpoint an opening year. Because it’s the kind of place it’s going away, and some of us still need this kind of place. Thank you for all those late night, post-bar, pre-graveyard, Nikko’s hams and eggs. And for all the no frills family meals during the day. The East Bay will miss your slightly eccentric late-night hideaway and your booths, counters and bar stools, and for those who may not be familiar with the wonders of a classic all-night dine – sadly, you won’t you may never know what you’re missing, at least around here. Nikko’s family restaurant was at 340 23rd Ave.
OAK HARVEST KITCHEN Downtown plant-based restaurant Oak Harvest Kitchen (also home to Zella’s Soulful Kitchen, see below) has closed. The seven-year-old restaurant was known for its fresh and tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes and friendly service. According an Instagram postthe Oak Harvest team â part of the Mandela Partners group â hopes to continue and expand its valuable cooking training programs for those seeking employment in the food industry, but the restaurant itself has closed. Oak Harvest Kitchen was at 499 14th St.
SLICE OF SOUL Juneteenth would have marked the first anniversary of this elegant soul food and cookie crust pizza restaurant, but it has been marked temporarily closed online for several weeks. Attempts to reach the owner went unanswered, and despite its strong start to 2022, including backyard gospel brunches and rave reviews from diners, Soul Slice’s phone has since been disconnected and emails to its listed addresses are bouncing. If we’re wrong, please let us know, but it seems completely closed. Soul Slice was at 5849 San Pablo Ave.
ZELLA’S THRILLING KITCHEN Chef and caterer Dionne Knox, a former La Cocina and Mandela Grocery Cooperative, launched her downtown counter Zella’s Soulful Kitchen in December 2019. The business, named after her grandmother, shared space with Oak Harvest Kitchen (see above) and served California-style farm-fresh soul food. Both restaurants are now closed, but please note: Zella’s a very popular catering business remains open while Knox searches for a new location for the restaurant. Zella’s Soulful Kitchen was at 499 14th St.
POTATO KITCHEN Emeryville has lost one of its most comfortable restaurants, as first reported by the Eâville Eye. “Dear friends and customers,” the letter reads on the Patatas Kitchen website. âWe would like to thank you for all your support over these years. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you and to be part of this wonderful neighborhood. Chef-owner Marcos Quezada founded Patatas as a farmers’ market business in 2012 and moved into the Emeryville storefront in 2017, focusing shortly before the pandemic from dine-in to dine-in, take-out and on delivery only. His food was nutritious, often Latin-inspired, much like an international deli, with Spanish tortillas, empanadas, paella, soups and stews; a subsequent pandemic pivot with co-owner and chef Rebecca Stevens streamlined the menu to focus on roast chicken, savory sauces, sandwiches, salads and sides â as one Yelp reviewer put it, like comfort foods but actually healthy. Patatas Kitchen was at 3986 Adeline St. in Emeryville.
RICKY’S CORNER In our 2019 roundup of East Bay’s quieter restaurantsOld-school rodeo favorite Ricky’s Corner – described as “from another time” – was a notable pick among locals, and we were unreasonably heartbroken to see it close last month, as first reported by Eater. The cozy full-service restaurant and lounge was opened in 1978 by Rick and Judy Bratton, who first met while waiting tables at Vera’s Villa Valona in Crockett. The Brattons quickly gained a following thanks to Ricky’s Corner’s home cooking, including its particularly good fried chicken, as well as its gracious, family-like atmosphere. Rick Bratton died in 1995, and Judy, his son and daughter-in-law continued to operate the restaurant until his last day, June 25. “We want to express how grateful we are to each and every one of you,” the farewell statement reads. circulating on social networks. âFrom our regulars to people from outside and even those who only ate once. Every interaction helped make our restaurant a place where people could come together, feel welcome, be part of our family, and of courseâ¦ fill their bellies and sometimes even fill their hearts. Ricky’s Corner wasn’t in a corner at all. It was located at 18 Parker Ave. at Rodeo.
LOS MOLES EMERYVILLE Now posted on the door and the website of the very popular Los Moles location in Emeryville is a notice that it is temporarily closed for the time being. As noted by the E’ville Eye, no timetable was given for the closure, nor an explanation, and attempts to reach Los Moles management for further information had been unsuccessful at the time of publication. Los Moles El Cerrito and San Rafael are both open. We will keep you posted. Los Moles Emeryville is located at 1320 65th St. in Emeryville.