Dec 31, 2020

Concord's smoking ban unfairly targets legal cannabis users

As of Friday, the East Bay city of Concord is rolling out a ban on smoking and vaping in multi-unit residences. The ordinance obviously seeks to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, but it carries overreaching consequences for legal cannabis users.  Read More

Dec 23, 2020

71-year-old bowling alley Albany Bowl has closed permanently

Albany Bowl is the latest legacy business to be guttered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the owner says its lanes will not reopen. Read More

Dec 22, 2020

Oakland's last remaining piano bar, The Alley, in danger of closing

A beloved institution on Grand Avenue in Oakland, The Alley, a divey piano bar/restaurant which has been in operation some 90 years, is one of many bars and music venues around the Bay that have suffered with little or no revenue the past nine months. But now, things are coming to a head because the longtime owner of the bar also has upstairs tenants who are having trouble paying rent. Read More

Dec 21, 2020

Square Pie Guys bringing their Detroit-style pizza to new Oakland location

Rectangular slices with premium ingredients and punny monikers have made a name for Square Pie Guys, who will expand with a new Oakland location on top of their cult-hit SoMa spot. Read More

Dec 16, 2020

Shop local for the holidays: Hoodline's gift-giving guide in support of small East Bay businesses

Shopping local supports struggling small businesses, plus it delivers major pandemic benefits: Many neighborhood stores are offering private shopping by appointment, custom gift packs and almost-totally-isolated conditions that the big-box retailers just can’t match. Read More

Dec 09, 2020

Cat lovers furious that East Bay Regional Park District is shooting feral felines

At least a dozen feral cats have been shot and killed by park authorities at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, and animal lovers are up in arms over the aggressive tactics. Read More

Dec 07, 2020

El Gusano calls it quits after seven years in Old Oakland

The Old Oakland sister restaurant to San Francisco's Tropisueno, El Gusano (1015 Clay Street), has closed for good after seven years in business. Read More