Restaurants that closed in Oakland and Berkeley in August 2022


Local artists, especially musicians and their fans, mourn the loss last month of the bright spot Rocky’s Market Brooklyn Basin. It was one of those openings during the pandemic that fed us in more ways than one; not just a market, the waterfront business provided people with a safe outdoor community space, tasty food and drink, and music and live performances in times of hardship. We are sorry to see him go.

And speaking of musicians, local legends Green Day followed a big show at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival with the announcement that his beloved retro restaurant and longtime associate, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe (co-owned of Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt), would shut down. Talk about a fork stuck in the road. Pixar and Emeryville communities, you have our sympathies.

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Restaurant closures in Berkeley

Featured image: In front of the now closed Brazilian bread shop on Solano Avenue. Credit: Pete Rosos

BRAZILIAN BREADS Readers first alerted us to this notable shutdown at the end of July, and we were grateful to finally read the full story from contributor Anna Mindess. In short: owner Del Rodrigues may have closed her shop and moved to North Carolina, but that was to expand production, and her sought-after Brazilian cheeseballs can still be found in retail stores and service departments. delivery around the bay. Meanwhile, the Brazilian Breads cafe on Solano is set to become a new Signal Coffee very soon. Brazilian Breads was at 1707 Solano Ave.

NORTH CAFE A breezy, go-to corner cafe for Berkeley students and locals for 12 years, the Northside Cafe was owned by the same family as Brewed Awakening, which also left the Euclid scene earlier this year. The cafe had its own audience for comfort, including rich coffee drinks and sandwiches. Newcomer Cabanas Cafe is already in operation inside the space. Northside Cafe was at 1878 Euclid Ave.

Restaurant closures in Oakland

ANULA COFFEE Oaklandside writer Ricky Rodas told the story of Sri Lankan chef Anula Edirisinghe’s cafe Anula’s, which closed last month after 13 years due to rising rents and poor foot traffic. Devoted cafe patrons will miss Edirisinghe’s home cooking which included savory Sri Lankan and Caribbean specialties such as jambalaya, rich curries, lamprais and jerk chicken. The chef will take some time off to travel and then focus on her restaurant business in the future. Anula’s Cafe was at 1319 Franklin St.

BEST BURRITOS ON THE ROCKRIDGE COAST This family favorite from Emeryville, known among other things for its California-style burritos stuffed with fries, opened a second location in Oakland in 2018. That location has now closed, according to the Chronicle, for a long and difficult list of reasons, from supply shortages to vandalism, such as tweeted by owner Alvin Shen. The original location in Emeryville remains open and busy (and still a favorite). Best Coast Burritos Rockridge was at 5108 Broadway.

COLUCCI COFFEE (TEMESCAL) Busy contributor Anna Mindess kindly assured readers last month that Café Colucci wasn’t closing, it was moving. And it won’t be far. The much-loved Ethiopian restaurant has benefited from Soul Slice’s departure from the beautiful North Oakland restaurant and patio at 5849 San Pablo Avenue, and is reopening there on September 1. Temescal has reason to mourn a little though – Cafe Colucci has been part of the fabric of this community since 1991. The new digs, however, are beautiful and also incorporate more space for the Brundo team spice company. Café Colucci was at 6427 Telegraph Ave. (and will reopen very soon at 5849 San Pablo Ave.)

FLIPNSOUL Filipino and soul food spot FlipNSoul has bowed out after seven years of serving comforting combinations of dishes from lumpia to mac and cheese in East Oakland. FlipNSoul was at 2101 14th Ave.

OAKLAND PHO Although the Berkeley location of this mini pho chain remains open, the Chronicle reports that the Oakland branch in Uptown has closed. The Pho Oakland was at 2228 Broadway.

ROCKY’S MARKET BROOKLYN BASIN As noted above, this was a relatively new but special place that opened up during the pandemic, and in a perfect world, it would somehow find a way to persevere. People will miss the fresh, seasonal food; access to products, wines and specialty products; and an outdoor space for dining and entertainment venues at the water’s edge. Please continue to support Rocky’s Market Oakmore and its sister company Two Local Girls, both always favorites of the Oakland community. Rocky’s Market Brooklyn Basin was at 288 9th Ave.

Restaurants that have closed elsewhere in the East Bay

A pair of bowls from Bougie Smothie, which closed its Bay Street store but will reopen inside Vegan Mob. Credit: Smoothie Candle/Instagram

BAY STREET SMOOTHIE CANDLE This hot new juice and smoothie bar may have closed its Bay Street location in Emeryville after just six months, but a late August announcement from owner Maya Cameron-Gordon says the business will soon reopen inside Vegan Mob, the popular vegan outpost he owns. partner, Toriano Gordon. Bougie Smoothie’s grand opening date inside Vegan Mob is September 13th. Bougie Smoothie was at 5646 Bay St. in Emeryville.

Note: An August visit to Emeryville’s Bay Street reveals a mall in flux, with parts demolished and deceased tenants Pizza My Heart, Red Mango and Dipped. New restaurants will be updated soon and all kinds of changes are on the way. A reminder to readers to be patient (and perhaps check out the new Sandbox VR experience) as the zone transitions.

RUDY’S CAN’T FAIL COFFEE Nosh likes to imagine the spirit of this defunct 20-year-old retro-meets-punk restaurant scene plunging into a crowd of regulars and hoisted like the fork of its logo. Rudy’s was like a restaurant with a perk, and locals flocked there for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a beer — or a Guinness-enhanced Shakin’ Jesse milkshake. From the stick-on bathroom to the resin-covered tables filled with toys, to the monkey art barrel on the walls and yes, the staff-inspired Barbie dolls, Rudy’s was also a child’s fever dream. a place to eat, and we know a few who have had the time of their lives here. (Nosh is currently wearing a treasured hoodie from Rudy, in fact, a gift from one of those kids.) Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe was at 4081 Hollis St. in Emeryville.

ITALIAN STRINGED COFFEE Thanks to Diablo Dish for letting us know that the last day of Strings Italian Cafe was August 21st. The family-run Italian restaurant opened in 2004, and we will miss their friendly service and reasonable prices. Strings Italian Cafe was at 2205 Las Positas Rd. in Livermore.

Featured Image: A group of Anula’s Cafe customers pose for a photo with owner Anula Edirisinghe during the cafe’s final week. Credit: Amir Aziz


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