Bay Area/ Oakland/ Food & Drinks
Published on May 29, 2020
Oakland Eats: The Lede shutters permanently, Oakland Assembly market hall delayed, moreAt The Lede's patio. | Photo: Sharon C./Yelp

In this edition: a Downtown counter-service eatery closes permanently, Montclair gets a new neighborhood café soon and a Jack London Square market hall pushes back its opening date due to COVID-19.



The Lede (906 Washington St.)

Photo: Joanne P./Hoodline Tipline

Former Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell's The Lede, a lunch and dinner eatery, has closed its doors. According to Eater SF, Peternell lost the lease. The Lede had just opened last fall. "We have to close. Thanks for all the support. Here’s to better days," the bio text on the restaurant's Instagram states.

As we previously reported, The Lede was named for the journalism term for the opening paragraph of a story, and shared its space with Studio To Be, a collaborative workspace centered on storytelling, formerly home to Pacific Coast Brewing.



Yellow Door (6466 Moraga Ave.)

Photo: Albertino M./Hoodline Tipline

Hoodline veteran tipster Al M. alerts us that a new "neighborhood café" is coming to the Montclair district. Yellow Door will open soon in the former location of Quality Cleaners, a dry cleaning business.

Yellow Door co-founder Beth Barrett plans to serve soups, salads and some sandwiches for lunch, according to The Piedmont Highlander. For breakfast, future patrons can expect a mix of muffins, banana bread, egg sandwiches, avocado toast and almond butter toast.


Jack London Square

Oakland Assembly (55 Harrison St.)

Eater SF also reports that Oakland Assembly, a 40,000 square-foot market hall stretched over two levels, will likely not open before 2021 due to COVID-19 related construction delays. The market hall was originally scheduled to open later this year.

Once ready to open, John McEnery, the developer behind the project, tells Eater that given the new circumstances he is now considering table service instead of having customers line up to order. That way, he explained, orders can be taken at each table so folks don't have to line up for food kiosks.

Thanks to Joanne P. and Al M.! Have you noticed a new addition to (or subtraction from) Oakland's food landscape? Text a tip and a horizontal photo to (415) 200-3233, and we'll look into it.