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Beer Baron Arrives in Rockridge With Whiskey and Duck Fat Fries

And Elbo Room Oakland is here to give Jack London nightlife a nudge

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Beer Baron brings nobility to College Ave

The fourth in a line of noble beer bars, Beer Baron Oakland, is open for business at 5900 College Avenue in Rockridge, the space that was formerly Toast Bar + Kitchen. There, the bar and restaurant has 25 beer choices, 300 whiskeys, cocktails, and a menu of items already popular at existing locations in Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, and Livermore, such as the Baron Burger with duck fat fries. Beer Baron Rockridge is open Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m, and Friday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Elbo Room Jack London is open for East Bay partying needs

Jack London Square’s answer to the Mission is its own Elbo Room, a branch of the consistently lively SF bar and venue. That’s quietly opened for early customers over the past couple weeks, and a kickoff party is tomorrow, Friday March 22.

“The Oakland scene is really thriving, and many of our our friends, performers, and clientele live in Oakland [and the] East Bay,” Elbo Room’s Matt Shapiro told Eater SF late last year. “So we thought maybe we could bring the party to them... Save them a few bucks on bridge toll [or] BART fare, and bring our SF folks out to Oakland from time to time as well.”

Online Korean Deli pops up in the Lower Haight

Queens, a traditional Korean deli with a less traditional, online ordering and delivery approach, is putting one foot in the real world with a monthly Queens Takeaway pop-up within Lower Haight brewpub Black Sands (in their annex space at 701 Haight Street). The first Takeaway will be this Saturday, March, 24, where Queens will sell kimchi by the pound (bring your own jar for a discount) and more food to stock up on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We hope to eventually evolve the Takeaway to become a small shop for Korean provisions (broths, marinades, and dried goods), [and] prepared foods for now or later. It would also be “a space to share conversations around traditional Korean flavors and techniques,” Lee says.

I can’t believe it’s not burger!

The first sports venue in the nation to serve the Oakland-produced Impossible Burger, a convincing meat substitute made from plants, will be the Oakland Coliseum. Spectra Food Services & Hospitality, which manages the venue, will offer Impossible Burgers there at Concession Stand 123 and Shibe Park Tavern — and,as Spectra reps about 175 stadiums across the US, this could be the start of a beautiful, plant-based friendship.