Notable restaurant closings in Berkeley and Oakland for June 2021

Despite the current reopening craze, restaurant owners are still making tough decisions after 15 months of pandemic spending – including, for some, whether or not to close temporarily or permanently. Some have said goodbye very publicly, some quietly closed a good months ago, but as we all know, rest breaks and closings are difficult to distinguish in the Covid era. As always, please let us know at [email protected] if you need to say goodbye to a favorite spot.

Berkeley

The Enedina Taqueria’s sweet dining room is permanently closed. Photo credit: Enedina Taqueria / Facebook

ENEDINA TAQUERIA According to a couple of reliable Nosh tipsters, the tiny Enedina Taqueria des Elmwood closed quietly after a little over two years. Enedina Taqueria was 3001 E Telegraph Ave.

THE KING’S FEET Vegan-Italian restaurant The King’s Feet bravely stepped onto the Berkeley scene right at the start of the pandemic and sadly went on tiptoe this month, despite good reviews for its plant-based pizzas and pastas. Nosh has high hopes for what ends up next in the attractive space (with a parking lot) that used to be Pizza Moda. Note: The plant-based sister restaurant, The Butcher’s Son, will remain open and thrive at the end of the university in downtown. The King’s Feet was located at 1401 University Ave.

WESTSIDE BIO CAFE This counter-served Tibetan café in southwest Berkeley has closed, according to a tipster who noticed the emptiness of the place in late May. Locals may remember when the Westside Organic team took over 9th Street Cafe in late 2018. The Westside Organic Cafe was located at 2570 Ninth St.

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Oakland

The bright and often Instagramed interior of Blue Bottle Coffee’s uptown location is now dark. Photo credit: Michael Tom / Instagram

BLUE BOTTLE OF COFFEE UPTOWN It’s hard to imagine a Blue Bottle cafe closing, but not even the highest quality coffee shops are immune to a 15 month pandemic. Fortunately for the fans, the other four Oakland locations remain open, but the Uptown location no longer exists. Blue Bottle Coffee was in 2001 at Franklin St.

BUN MAM MIEN HAY Formerly Fung Wong Bakery and mostly known for affordable Banh Mi, this Vietnamese cafe has closed and opened under new owners as V and J Fusion Vietnamese (see June 2021 openings for more information). Bun Mam Mien Tay was at 833 International Blvd.

THE PARROT This small, no-frills taqueria at Laurel opened in early 2019 and recently closed. El Loro was at 3811 MacArthur Blvd.

While Homestead’s seating service is closed, the space will remain the home of the Humble Sandwich spin-off for the time being. Photo credit: Emilie Raguso

HOMESTEAD In an announcement that surprised diners in the Bay Area, Homestead will permanently move away from the fine cal-season restaurants that have made it so coveted for eight years, and instead act solely as the focus of pandemic The Humble Sandwich in the future. Although Homestead signage may stay on for a while, the switch officially took place this month. Homestead was at 4029 Piedmont Ave.

LA ESTRELLITA CAF & BAR A reader let us know that this decade-old Mexican neighborhood in Oakland, known for its festive gatherings and live music as well as its Mexican breakfast, lunch and dinner, has gone dark. Attempts to reach the owners have failed and the phone is disconnected. We hope we’re wrong and someone please let us know, but we believe the little star with historic charm and character, the setting of 52 years of Oakland memories, is closed forever. La Estrellita Cafe & Bar is located at 446 E 12th Street in Oakland.

LOST AND FOUND After more than a year of quiet, reader inquiries and uncertainty, this formerly sociable Oakland beer garden is now marked as permanently closed on the usual online platforms. Like so much during the pandemic, it is lost. Lost and Found was at 2040 Telegraph Ave.

ORCHIDS THAI This Piedmont Avenue Thai restaurant has been closed under Nosh’s watch by the Alameda County Health Department at least twice, first in 2019 and again in December 2020. This spring, the temporary closure became permanent, and the space will soon have a new start as Plaedek Thai with an emphasis on Issan cuisine by Wawa Thai chef and owner Wawa Maneewan. Plaedek hopes to open in July. Orchids Thai was at 4133 Piedmont Ave.

WILD RABBIT BAKERY Our condolences to the neighborhood (and frankly all of us) for the loss of this cute bakery. Opened a lot of fanfare in late 2019, Wild Rabbit did its best to cheer up its customers through the darkness of 2020 with British scones, French caneles and other delicacies. Despite the final result, you can be sure that their efforts worked. The space will soon reopen as the first bake sum pastry store currently operated from The Bread Project in Berkeley. Wild Rabbit Bakery was at 3249 Grand Ave.

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CHINA HOUSE RESTAURANT Nosh regrets not reporting this remarkable closure earlier: As we learned from a reader, Alameda’s China House was permanently closed in May as it has fed generations of islanders and visitors since 1968. The restaurant’s many fans have valued its affordable, good quality regional Chinese cuisine and attentive service for more than half a century, and its nostalgic atmosphere lingered and is missed until the end. China House Restaurant was at 2328 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda.

COFFEE SHOP LAFAYETTE The coffee shop’s Lafayette location no longer exists, but the good news is that it has moved into the new Lafayette Public House (see June 2021 openings for more information) which serves coffee, among other things. Coffee Shop Lafayette was at 50 Lafayette Circle in Lafayette.

FUDO Fudo Japanese restaurant in Walnut Creek, best known for matcha crepe cakes and boba teas, was closed during the pandemic. Fudo was at 1385 N Main St. in Walnut Creek.

Temporarily closed

Experience Tea’s fruit and milk teas will be suspended until the pop-up finds a new location. Credit: Tea / Facebook Experience

EXPERIENCE TEA The Alameda collective SAGA Kitchen won this tenant in the spring and then quickly lost it again. Experience Tea is currently looking for new digs.

MONSTER PHO # 2 As mentioned earlier, Monster Pho # 2 has temporarily turned into a “kitchen counter” operation to increase delivery and takeaway orders, and is closed to the public for the time being. Monster Pho’s Oakland (# 1) location will remain open as usual. Monster Pho # 2 is located on 3900 Adeline Street in Emeryville.

TO TAKE. MEAL. SIMPLE. Sather Lane in the Southside borough has many current resting places, including this combination of an Asian fusion takeout and convenience store. A note on the door says they will be back in July. To take. Meal. Easy is located on 2433G Durant Avenue in Berkeley.

T-TOUST Another hibernation eatery among the shops on Sather Lane is the affordable Korean counter, T-Toust. The family-run restaurant also hopes to reopen next month to welcome returning students. T-Toust is located at 2433F Durant Ave. in Berkeley.

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