Banh mi lives on
In September, perpetually busy Oakland Chinatown banh mi spot Cam Huong permanently closed when its owner decided to retire. Now, a new owner is taking over the space with plans to retain most of the menu but upgrade the interior. “I plan to keep the spirit of Cam Huong,” Anh Nguyen told the East Bay Express. The new shop, Cam Anh, will also offer more vegetarian options. Look for it to open in January.
Cake tea, really
A new independently owned boba shop, Tea & Others, is moving into 250 Divisadero Street, the former Sam’s Smoke Shop space. When it opens hopefully by summer, it’ll serve bubble teas brewed from loose leaves, potentially topped with cheese mousse, plus a more unusual offering: cake teas, which blend milk tea with raw cake batter.
Juice is taking over the Bay Area
Danish chain Joe & the Juice will open a new cafe in downtown Redwood City. By February 1, folks will find juices, smoothies, coffee, sandwiches, and breakfast fare at 889 Winslow Street. It joins locations in San Francisco, Burlingame, and San Mateo, with plans to further expand into Los Gatos, Walnut Creek, and Lafayette next year.
So long, pupusas
After three years in business, popular Salvadoran food truck El Sabrosito is calling it quits. The truck usually parks in Oakland’s Jack London Square as well as Temescal Brewing, specializing in hearty pupusas. The owners want to change careers, so you have until Saturday, December 22 to say goodbye.