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- Dorothy King, owner of Oakland’s famous Everett and Jones Barbeque, died on Wednesday March 17th, according to a report on Mercury News. A spokesman for the restaurant confirmed that King passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family. The cause of death is currently not clear. King is the youngest owner of Everett and Jones, one of the best grill restaurants in town and a meeting place for the political organization of Blacks in Oakland. Her mother, Dorothy Everett, founded the East Bay Grill Restaurant in 1973, which has since expanded to include locations in Berkeley, Hayward, Alameda. The restaurant has had a number of household names over the years, including former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris, and athletes Steph Curry and Marshawn Lynch. Elected officials and local activists recalled social media following reports of King’s death Thursday afternoon. “Dorothy’s powerful style and passion for social justice will continue to inspire generations,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Twitter. Everett and Jones closed their Jack London Square location on the Thursday after their death. [the Mercury News]
Mourning + Tribute to Oakland Legend and Beloved Entrepreneur Dorothy King, Founder of @everettjonesbbq. Dorothy’s powerful style and passion for social justice will continue to inspire generations. We will miss her very much and thank her for all she gave Oakland. pic.twitter.com/9zRlNUvlSc
– Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf), March 18, 2021
- Long-running brunch destination Luna Park closed in October 2014, spearheading a surge in labor costs ahead of the then proposed $ 15 minimum wage. Six years later, a new restaurant – a brasserie called LUNA – is preparing to open its doors in the same room. Owner Tony Marcell informs Mission Local that the company has obtained a license to sell alcohol and is expected to open in June. [Mission Local]
- For those vaccinated among us, the indoor eating capacity will be increased to 50 percent from next Thursday, March 25th. As part of the proposed changes, bars that are not serving food will be allowed to reopen to the outside world.
- Don’t miss this Irish soda bread recipe from Gillian Fitzgerald, co-owner of Casements in the Mission.