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Waterbar's Oyster Giveback; Verbena's New Mezzanine

EMBARCADEROWaterbar has announced a new program to raise money for charity. From now through September, they'll donate five cents from every oyster sold to The Watershed Project, with a new charity selected each quarter following. With approximately 2,000 oysters sold daily, that's $100/day going towards the cause. [EaterWire]

RUSSIAN HILL—Open since December, local darling Verbena has now debuted a remodeled mezzanine dining room (pictured), making for a more intimate setting for private events and more. [EaterWire]

BERKELEY—Elmwood NIMBYs have filed a suit against both the city and the owners of Comal, citing parking and noise concerns for their upcoming restaurant. Will local residents be appeased and the new restaurant continue on schedule? We'll keep you posted. [Berkeleyside]

OAKLAND—Tonight, catch visiting chef Tori-chan of Japan's JICCA, who'll be cooking at Ordinaire in collaboration with Umami Mart. The $50 three-course dinner will include a glass of sparkling wine from Selection Massale: with the 8pm seating sold out, you should snag your spot now if you want to make the 5:30pm slot. [EaterWire]

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