Some heartbreaking losses this month, like every month, but for Nosh it’s personal this time around. Please send any food and drink completion tips to [email protected] Or maybe not, because a lot of these closings hit us where it hurts.
The now closed Berkeley facade of Mise en Place Kitchen. Photo credit: Kristina Sepetys
MISE EN PLACE KITCHEN For its time and place, Mise en Place Kitchen did everything right. The Mise en Place team was opened in August 2020 by Brazilian-born chef Theully Calderwood on a tricky corner in the middle of the pandemic and celebrated its customers from the neighborhood. The cafe had a lovely little parklet before parklets were even a thing, it had friendly and prompt service, and the menu often varied to suit the needs of the pandemic. Calderwood packed some of the best taste, convenience, maintenance, and value for money into take-away food in the darker months, including a chic take-away dinner in December that saved the author’s Christmas holiday. True to the classic form, Mise en Place’s Instagram farewell was filled with pictures of favorite customers and their stories. It is sure to be missed. Mise en Place Kitchen was at Kittredge St. in Berkeley in 2020.
ENJOYMENT Andrew Lottmann’s small-scale bakery “experiment” was tacitly closed during the pandemic, leaving fans of his Japanese milk bread, biscuits and batards hungry for more. The store opened just as quietly in late 2019 and quickly gained a following for its thoughtful baked goods, but carbohydrate fans will soon find a new destination there, as the Daily Cal reports that farmers market pretzel favorite Squabisch has moved in with an opening date Early in 2022. Voluptas was at 1585 Solano Ave. in Berkeley. – Eve Batey
The bar at Belcampo in Jack London Square. Photo credit: Benjamin Seto
BELCAMPO JACK LONDON Presented without comment: The flagship Belcampo in Jack London Square, along with all Belcampo retail stores and restaurants, has abruptly closed following a SoCal scandal over incorrect labeling of meat. Belcampo’s Oakland flagship was located at 55 Webster St., Oakland.
DOSA FROM DOSA Tipsters have told Nosh that Dosa by Dosa, the fast-casual eatery of the Bay Area’s once-thriving mini-chain of upscale Indian restaurants, would not reopen after the pandemic subsided, but company officials have denied these claims. That is, until they didn’t – when a change of ownership sign appeared on the window saying Split, the sandwich spin-off of the salad chain Mixt, was moving in, Dosa co-owner Anjan Mitra confirmed to Nosh that “yes, it’s closed. ”This was the last stationary location for Dosa, which has closed its San Francisco locations in recent years and filed for bankruptcy in September 2020. Dosa by Dosa was on 2301 Broadway in Oakland. – Eve Batey
PIZZA . IN JUNE Nosh doesn’t know what she still longs for the most – the naturally leavened pizza dough in June, the fresh, seasonal topping combinations, or the recent snowfall of grated Grana Padano cheese. Craig Murli’s humble presence at the helm of the restaurant will surely be missed after (as Nosh’s Flora Tsapovsky reported last month) district officials shut down June when they discovered it was completely unlicensed. Here we hope for a licensed brickworks and a few angel investors to help the pizza gentleman pirate get legal. June’s Pizza was at 2311 Magnolia St. in West Oakland.
The “Wall of Fame” in the Hip Hop Juice Box showed the favorite albums, movie posters and other hip-hop memorabilia of the owner Eric Turner. Photo credit: Sarah Han
HIP HOP JUICE BOX All of this month’s Beyond closings are taking place outside of Emeryville, casting a bit of a shadow over this vibrant square mile. The Hip Hop Juice Box, which opened in 2019, was just too good for this world. Owner Eric Turner broke the news on Instagram, and The E’ville Eye first spread the news of its sad shutdown. Hip Hop Juice Box was at 3960 Adeline St. in Emeryville.
KARAS CUPCAKES EMERYVILLE Closed during the pandemic, then miraculously reopened, the location on Kara’s Cupcakes Bay Street has been completely whitewashed again and removed from the local cupcake chain’s website. Kara’s Cupcakes was at 5615 Bay St. in Emeryville.
MOOMIES CAFE Lasted an impressive four years at the intersection of Hollis and Stanford in Emeryville, Moomie’s served hearty Peruvian empanadas, sturdy sandwiches, and coffee drinks to neighborhood patrons and office workers. Moomie’s Cafe was located at 1366 Powell St. in Emeryville.
WAZWAN INDIAN CUISINE Opened in 1987 in the original Emeryville Public Market, Wazwan was one of the few upper floor market stalls left after the food court was renovated and freshened up in 2017. (For more than a decade, it has been this writer’s local stop for quick, warming, budget-friendly Indian food.) According to The E’ville Eye, a related new Indian restaurant called Konarq is set to take over the kiosk and keep some of Wazwan’s long-trusted staff. While saying Konarq is less fun than Wazwan, we’re confident of the product and the service. Wazwan was located at 5959 Shellmound St. in the Emeryville Public Market.
Magnolia Mini Mart’s location at the O2 Artisans Aggregate in West Oakland is temporarily closed for remodeling. Photo credit: Pete Rosos
MAGNOLIA MINI MART WEST OAKLAND Foodies Attention: Please order your Magnolia Mini Mart goodies for pickup either from their East Oakland location at 1014 Fruitvale Ave. or go to their seasonal Christmas pop-up gift shop at 494 9th St. in Old Oakland for now . The flagship West Oakland site on the O2 property near Soba Ichi is under construction. It is expected to reopen in January 2022. Thanks very much. Magnolia Mini Mart West Oakland is located at 2311 Magnolia St.
SOLANO KELLER WINE BAR The venerable Solano Cellars at the Albany end of Solano Avenue is closed until further notice, but wines remain available for shipping on the website and customers can support local business accordingly. After 43 years, the future reopening of the remarkable little wine bar seems uncertain. We stay tuned. The Solano Cellars Wine Bar is located at 1580 Solano Avenue in Albany.
STATE COFFEE X BREAD MLK We didn’t hear the reason before we went to press, but the States Coffee location on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way is temporarily closed. Fortunately, there is another one right up the street on 40th Avenue. (And a brand new state in Berkeley.) States of Coffee X Bread MLK is at 4008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Wy. in Oakland.
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