Belcampo’s flagship in Oakland is abruptly closed

Belcampo’s flagship Jack London Square was home to a restaurant and butcher shop, both of which served their famous artisanal meats. Photo credit: Benjamin Seto

Belcampo Meat Co. made a leap into the sustainable ranch and catering scene in 2013, opened a Marin County storefront serving beef from its well-known NorCal ranch. In 2018, the rapidly expanding company opened a 7,000-square-foot flagship in Oakland’s Jack London Square, a popular restaurant and butcher that offers organic, farm-fresh meat that one Nosh reviewer described as “an experience that makes you” more in your wallet than in your stomach. ”But now you won’t feel it anywhere: As reported for the first time by Eater LA, the entire company ceased operations after it became known in May that at least one of its SoCal locations was selling factory-farmed meat Belcampo relabelled. On Monday, Belcampo’s social media accounts disappeared from the Internet and “employees have been notified of the closings,” reports the SF Chronicle. The company did not respond to Nosh’s request for comment and only sent a prepared statement stating, “As we cease e-commerce, retail and restaurant operations, the company is evaluating a number of options to offer consumers products without Brand offering new sales channels. “

A 48,446 square foot grocery store could open in Emeryville’s Bay Street Mall. The E’ville Eye reports that new mall owner CenterCal Properties, a SoCal-based development company, believes a grocery store “could fend off the high vacancy rates in the center.” The Emeryville Planning Commission has yet to make a decision on the proposal, which requires city council approval and at least one township meeting to move forward. A potential seller for the space (formerly the location of the Old Navy and Elephant Bar) has yet to be identified.

Bryant Terry. Photo credit: Celeste Noche

It’s a big week for East Bay Afro-vegan cook, activist, and writer Bryant Terry. Announced in May, its publishing company, 4 Color Books, was releasing its first book, Terry’s essay / art / memoir “Black Food” on Tuesday. The next book in the imprint will be by 17-year-old chef Rahanna Bisseret Martinez from Oakland, reports the New York Times, but for now the focus remains on Terry and his much-acclaimed “celebration of more than 100 voices from the African diaspora”. as the Chron puts it. To celebrate the launch, Terry will appear on Thursday, October 21st at 7pm in conversation with KQED producer (and friend of Nosh) Cecilia Phillips; Tickets to attend in person are $ 15, but people who want to watch the livestream can do so for free.

Alameda restaurants are fighting back against a man who filed hundreds of ADA complaints about inaccessibility. Serial litigator Orlando Garcia filed a flood of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits against restaurants in town, claiming the seats were not available for people using wheelchairs. KPIX reports that Sandwich Board and Lola’s Chicken Shack, two of the companies targeted by Garcia’s suits, have stated that they made it possible for disabled people to have access and that Garcia is suing “the greenback, access to cash” as her attorney describes these allegations. A Garcia attorney disagrees, saying lawsuits like his are “the way civil rights are litigated”. Applicable law could be in Garcia’s favor: ADA regulations in California and elsewhere make it difficult to defend these claims in court, which is why most companies agree to a court settlement instead.

Quick bites

  • Guests in places like Berkeley and Contra Costa Counties will remember their Vaxx cards better in this rainy weather. In both regions, bars and restaurants require people to show proof of vaccination when venturing indoors, and with storms, East Bay restaurants close their al fresco dining. [ABC 7]
  • Livermore Valley’s very first chilli chef promises plenty of stalls from local food stalls, beer and wine tents and the eponymous chili. Carnegie Park will be on Saturday, October 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., entry to the event is free, but you have to be on your feet for food and drinks. [Patch]
  • Walnut Creek Police say two San Franciscans allegedly caused a stir at the town’s cheesecake factory. Police were called to the chain on Sunday night when a man allegedly waved a gun registered on his female companion. The man and woman were detained in Martinez Prison on suspicion of “conspiracy to commit a crime, carrying a loaded gun in a public place, and attacking with a deadly weapon”. Both have since been released on bail. [East Bay Times]
  • The Berkeley Food Institute is hosting a panel by “Old Farmers, Critical Racial Scholars, and a Civil Rights Attorney” to discuss the longstanding and systemic oppression of black farmers in the country and “what you can do to support a fairer and more democratic agricultural system in the United States.” The online event will take place on Thursday, October 28th. from 12: 30-14: 00 and it’s free, you just have to register to get a zoom link.

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