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EaterWire: Penelope Opens, Krakow's Last Call Nears

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2009_06_bluemer.jpgOAKLAND—Open for the first time today at 4pm is Penelope, a new bar/gastropub in downtown Oaktown. Rumor has it that it's named after Penelope Cruz. Which is weird. 555 12th Street, at Clay; (510) 529-5393; Twitter [EaterWire]

WEST PORTAL—The Examiner shares a reminder that Old Krakow will be shuttering after service on this upcoming Sunday. There's still a chance that it will relocate somewhere, but that decision won't take place for at least month. You'll recall that Clay Oven is moving in. [Examiner]

FIDI—Via @Boccalone: "The salumi cycle will be at California & Montgomery tomorrow at 1230 Salami Panino w/tomato conserva and arugula $7-Lard Cookies $3." [Twitter]

FISHERMAN'S WHARF—For the third year in a row, Blue Mermaid took home the top creativity prize in the annual Great Chowder Cook-off in Rhode Island with its Dungeness Crab and Corn Chowder. [EaterWire]

CHAINS—Starting next week, Jamba Juice will roll out new food offerings, including ready-made wraps, sandwiches and salads. [BT]

MORE CHAINS—Speaking of chains, Consumer Reports surveyed diners' complaints from midscale chain restaurants. Friendly's and Hooters did not score very well in the "dirt, grime" category. [Walletpop via ENY]

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