In this edition: a candy-coated psychedelic beer hall opens near Lake Merritt, a vegan sushi pop-up attracts lines around the block, and the next incarnation of Juhu Beach Club plans a debut in Oakland's new food hall next Summer.
House of Perpetual Refreshment – Modern Times Beer (2450 Valdez St.)
As we reported this summer, this is the first Northern California location for the San Diego-based brewery Modern Times Beer. According to the website, expect an "eye-popping psychedelic playground of adult beverages, caffeinated marvels, mind-bending artwork, and some of the sexiest merchandise." There are 34 taps of beers, including seasonals and year-rounds.
The taproom also offers to-go beer, cold brew coffee, bags of coffee beans, and growler fills, alongside a full mini-mart with wearable items as well as glassware. Young children (under the age of 13) are allowed at the bar if they are closely supervised by their parents.
Salvage Hausu (308 41st St.)
Nosh reports that Mike Lawrence and Suki van Arsdale are behind a new vegan sushi pop-up spot which debuted at Café Encina in North Oakland earlier this month. "We want to thank you so much for such a huge [response] to our first event ever," they wrote on Instagram.
Their debut also meant longer waits than they planned for. They wrote: "you can probably guess that we were not quite ready for such an amazing turnout", promising that the duo will be much better prepared for future events.
They served a Salvage Salad with cucumber and marinated wood ear mushrooms, as well as a selection of five rolls, including Hella Cali with avocado, cucumber, and sesame seeds, and the Green Spider, with torched asparagus, cream cheese, radish and lemon zest.
Nosh adds that Lawrence makes almost everything from scratch and uses local produce as well as other plant-based ingredients as substitutes for fish. Salvage Husu will pop up again at Café Encina on December 30, starting at 5 p.m. They will be there until 10 p.m. or until sold out.
Jack London Square
Juhu Chinese Menu & Juhu Snacks and Sweets (55 Harrison St.)
Next year, Oakland Assembly, a 40,000 square-foot market hall stretched over two levels, opens in Jack London Square. Among many other well-known Bay Area chefs, it's set to be the new home of chef Preeti Mistry. Food & Wine reports that she will take over an island in the middle of the food hall with an Indo-Chinese concept spot on one side and a new version of her former restaurant Juhu Beach Club on the other side.
Patrons can expect menus with no more than five dishes and prices on the more affordable end with items between $5 and $15.
At Juhu Chinese Menu, patrons can expect Indo-Chinese vegan and vegetarian dishes, and at Juhu Snacks and Sweets, savory Indian snacks.
The two new spots will open sometime next summer. "I have great hopes for this project and others to come (stay tuned) in 2020," Mistry wrote on Instagram.
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