Boichik celebrates his birthday with free bagels; States Espresso in Oakland

On opening day, November 18, people will line up at States Coffee’s MLK for free drinks. Photo: Sarah Han

State Coffee opens one of two coffee shops in Oakland

States Coffee, the Martinez-based coffee company that has acquired both Subrosa coffee shops in North Oakland, is celebrating the opening of its MLK location today, November 18, with a generous offering – all drinks are free for the day. The US Oakland menu reflects its offerings at its Martinez location: hot coffee drinks, cold brews, affogatos, chai lattes, iced tea and hot tea, and baked goods such as cookies, banana bread and scones. In the coming weeks, the states are planning to bring their toast menu with bread from the sister bread bakery Farm & Flour to the market and to extend the opening hours. The MLK café is currently open daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The states plan to open the café on 40th Street in the coming days. States Coffee, 4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (between 40th and 41st Streets), Oakland

Xochi the Dog Cafe Soft opens on Saturday

A new cafe called Xochi the Dog Cafe (think: Xochi the Dog, a cafe; not Xochi, a dog cafe) is coming to the Clinton neighborhood of Oakland. Xochi takes over a room that was last occupied by a corner grocery store. Stop by between 8am and 6pm this Saturday, November 21st, to enjoy the gentle opening. While Xochi isn’t a dog café, canines are welcome in the back garden. Xochi the Dog Cafe, 1038 E 21st St., (on 11th Avenue), Oakland

Boichik is bringing back Bagel Black Friday

Emily Winston stands outside Boichik Bagels on College Avenue in Berkeley.Owner Emily Winston at Boichik Bagels on College Avenue. Photo: Sarah Han

Boichik Bagels kicked off November 29th in Berkeley with an opening event that founder Emily Winston called Bagel Black Friday. It was bananas. People lined up for miles to get a taste of Winston’s New York-style bagels that day and for days after. The world has changed since then, and more bagel shops sprung up during the pandemic, but the locals still love Boichik and Winston and her crew are always grateful for the community’s support. To say thank you, Boichik is holding its second annual Bagel Black Friday. On November 27, guests who stop by will receive a free bagel and, if they’re lucky, one of the 500 mini triple chocolate coffee cake loaves that Boichik will bake and give away that day. Boichik Bagels, 3170 College Ave. (on Alcatraz Avenue), Berkeley

The fine Ethiopian restaurant is collecting donations to move

Finfine, an Ethiopian restaurant in South Berkeley, is raising funds to open a new location.  Photo: Finfine / FacebookFinfine, an Ethiopian restaurant in South Berkeley, is raising funds to open a new location. Photo: Finfine / Facebook

Finfine, a longtime family-owned Ethiopian restaurant in Berkeley, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $ 36,000 to reopen in a new location. For more than 20 years, Finfine has been located in The Village, a mall in the Southside neighborhood of Berkeley that has been slated to be demolished in 2015 to make way for a new mixed-use apartment complex. Although the restaurant, like other village restaurants, Fondue Fred and Norikonoko eventually had to move out, it managed to hold out until March when the restaurant was temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Finfine hopes to raise enough money to build a new restaurant in a new building, buy kitchen appliances, and keep paying staff. The aim is to find a new location in Berkeley by January and to reopen in April.

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West Oaklands Stay Gold Deli is closed for the time being

Two customers wait in line to order at Stay Gold Deli in West Oakland.Customers wait to order food at the Stay Gold Deli in West Oakland. This photo was taken the day before Stay Gold announced it will be closed for the next few weeks. Photo: Sarah Han

[Update Nov. 19, 4:58 p.m.: Three days after posting that they’d close for a few weeks, Stay Gold said they will be open at limited capacity going forward. Check Instagram for the latest updates.] On Sunday we made our way to Stay Gold Deli (2635 San Pablo Ave.) in West Oakland to pick up a couple of Italian submarines. We’re so glad we did because on Monday Stay Gold announced on Instagram that it will be closed for the next few weeks. According to the Post, the deli decided it was the right time to stop operating as “problems with coverage increased and the place needed renovation”. Stay Gold’s Deli West Oakland Deli is the final location. In February the Temescal outpost was permanently closed.

Huangcheng Noodle House has a new home

Here’s some feel-good news we could all use: Two months after the Huangcheng Noodle House restaurant in Oakland Chinatown – known for its knife-cut Shanxi noodles – was destroyed in a fire, it has found a new location in Old Oakland, where it is planned According to Eater SF, Huangcheng owner Jimmy Huang signed the lease at 911 Washington St., the former home of the Rosamunde Sausage Grill on Swan’s Market. Thanks to the support of the Good Good Eatz community groups and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), Huang was able to contact the landlord at the new location and received donations to help him open the new restaurant. We look forward to visiting Huangcheng in the New Year at the Old Oakland Spot.

Donut Savant brings fried joy to Allendale

Donut Savant Donuts with chocolate icing and maple bars. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Last week, Donut Savant reopened in the Allendale neighborhood of Oakland to a number of customers who waited over an hour to get a taste of the sweet, artisanal donuts and the signature donut-croissant hybrid, “Cron’t”. The popular donut shop used to be on Broadway from 1934 but closed in October 2019 to make way for a new 39-story development. The new location is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for accessible orders. Donut Savant, 3000 38th Ave. (Penniman Avenue), Oakland

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