Preeti Mistry cooks at 18 Reasons. [Photo: Blair Sneddon]
Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club is hoping the palindromic 3/1/13 will be her opening day in Oakland, according to the East Bay Express. Mistry, a Top Chef alum who took over the former SR24 space in Temescal, will likely open for lunch initially, expanding to dinner once she secures her beer-and-wine license. As with her JBC pop-up in SOMA last year, Mistry's menu will focus on reinterpreted Indian street food, but she won't call it fusion: "Some of [the dishes] are actually more traditional than how they're done in conventional Indian restaurants, where they might cut corners."
Planned menu items at the new space include slider-size takes on pav bhaji on specially-baked buns from Starter Bakery, a vegetarian mung-bean soup that's reminiscent of chili, spicy chicken wings, and entree-size curries like chickpea and winter green or whole chicken leg.
Fans of JBC may recall that Mistry was originally hoping to go brick-and-mortar in the Mission, but a parting of the ways with her then-business partner sent her searching for a space in Oakland. In the end, however, the move turned out to be a happy one: "It seemed like the obvious choice was to open here," she told the EBX.