A new Mexican restaurant will be available in Oakland Uptown in a few weeks.
Joining Calavera and Xolo Agave uptown, led by Healdsburg chief Octavio Diazoccupies a prestigious place in Oakland’s arts and entertainment district, an area of 4,000 square feet on the ground floor of the newly opened Kapor Center for Social Impact right on Broadway. The Kapor Center was founded by Mitch Kapor (an early tech entrepreneur and investor) and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, with the goal of “filling the gaps in opportunity and access for underrepresented communities.”
Diaz, who was born and raised in Santa Gertrudis, Mexico (outside the city of Oaxaca), will spotlight Oaxaca-style Mexican dishes in his new restaurant due to open June 13th. The concept is similar to that of his agave restaurant in Healdsburg, where the Kapors are reportedly regulars, and leads them to ask Diaz to run the show at their new not-for-profit complex in Uptown.
At Agave Uptown, Diaz focuses on farm ingredients and homemade cuisine, with an emphasis on Mole, the over 20 ingredients Diaz speaks for several times a year from Oaxaca. Other dishes include tasajo (thinly sliced grilled beef with grilled onions, seasonal mushrooms, and guacamole); Cecina (dried strips of beef or pork marinated in adobo); and Tlayuda (crispy organic corn tortilla with black beans, cabbage, queso Oaxaca and avocado). In addition to Sonoma County wines and Mexican craft beers, there will be an extensive cocktail menu highlighting Oaxacan Mezcals.
In line with the Kapor Center’s mission, Diaz will also seek to recruit employees from underrepresented communities who are looking for career growth and education.
The interior of the restaurant was designed by the local architecture and interior design firm Arcsine in Oakland, whose other projects include Duende, Calavera and Teleferic Barcelona.
The opening times are: Sun. – Wed., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Thurs.
Agave Uptown: 2135 Franklin St., Oakland. AgaveUptown.com