'Hopscotch' Celebrates 5th Anniversary With $5 Menu, Pig Roast

Hopscotch is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Uptown by offering a special $5 menu of signature dishes tomorrow during lunch and dinner, as well as a Father's Day pig roast.

“Last year for our four-year anniversary, we did all these $4 specials and it was really fun,” said Hopscotch owner and Executive Chef Kyle Itani. “We get a lot of regulars that come in and want to celebrate with us, and it’s kind of a fun way to show our support for their support.”

Co-owners Chef Kyle Itani and General Manager Jenny Schwarz.

Among the classics available for a fiver are Hopscotch's First Base Burger, kakiage, donuts & butterscotch cream, Maple Old Fashioned cocktails, and Asahi. For diners preferring the tried and true, full lunch and dinner menus will also be available.

Hopscotch will also be celebrating its anniversary with a pig roast on Sunday, June 18.

“There’s no reservations for that,” said Itani. “People can line up and get a plate of pork, sides, and a beer for $24.” Sides include cornbread, kimchi collard greens, and potato salad. 

Itani said it takes four hours to roast a 90-pound pig, but given past experience, he doesn't anticipate that there will be much in the way of leftovers.

The First Base Burger.

Hopscotch has earned a three-star review from food critic Michael Bauer and an four stars on Yelp. Itani was named a Rising Star Chef by the Chronicle in 2013. After opening in 2012, the restaurant quickly expanded its dinner offerings to a lunch and brunch menu and opened up an event space, The Annex, next door.

Itani told Hoodline that Hopscotch is an integral piece of the revitalization of downtown Oakland.

“Our restaurant is definitely woven into the fabric of the Oakland dining scene and Oakland small business scene,” he said.

“A lot of the changes that have come about in Oakland over the past few years have to do with small businesses improving their blocks,” noted Itani. “You have enough businesses coming together with that mindset, and it contributes to a better city.”

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Hopscotch celebrates 5th anniversary with 5 menu pig roast