The first Bay Area location of Locol, the game-changing fast food restaurant from chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi, has closed its doors in Uptown Oakland. After a year in business, Daniel Patterson has confirmed to Inside Scoop that “the store has been moved to Locol's West Oakland space,” which basically implies that the bakery will have an expanded menu of offerings, while the original location is closed.
Currently there are no details about the reasons behind the closure of the location on Broadway, which occupied the former location of Patterson’s restaurant Plum. Since opening, the restaurant has been criticized for its inconsistencies, including a scathing review from Pete Wells of the New York Times. The menu underwent a revamp, and expanded this spring.
When it opened, the Broadway Locol was a surprise to many followers of the chain (which intends to serve underprivileged areas), considering its saturation of restaurants, and generally affluent demographics. The opening of the West Oakland bakery, serving $1 coffee, pizza, and “bunz,” was seemingly more in line with the mission of Choi and Patterson, who debuted the growing chain with a location in LA’s Watts neighborhood. Locations in the Tenderloin, East Oakland, and more are still in the works as far as the company is concerned; Eater has reached out for more information.
Stay tuned for updates on what the closure means for the chain, and the what the future holds for that space.