Old Skool Cafe is back in session
The Bayview’s youth-run supper club Old Skool Cafe has reopened to customers after revamping its space and soul food menu. The full-service restaurant trains 16 to 22-year-old Bayview-Hunter’s Point kids, giving them restaurant industry skills and a place to show off their talents at 1429 Mendell Street. Old Skool’s charming young waiters take customers’ orders and prepare classics like fried chicken, gumbo, and ribs under the direction of chef Brad Zeller. As an organization, Old Skool was founded in 2004 to help local kids struggling through systems of foster care, poverty, and incarceration. It opened to the public in its current space, with deep-red booths and high ceilings, in 2012, before closing last year for the just-finished remodel. These days, there’s more room for live performances to show off young musicians and dancers, and new hours are 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Celebrated Healdsburg wine bar will live on as online bottle shop
Bergamot Alley has reached the end of the road, closing after six-and-a-half years in Healdsburg on March 31. The destination for out-of-the-ordinary wines made a name for itself as a popular restaurant industry hangout. Before they go, they’ll host sales and goodbye events, and they’ll live on with an online shop.
Oakland Filipino pop-up finds permanence in Emeryville
Likha, a modern Filipino restaurant concept from two chefs at Oakland’s Ramen shop, is setting up permanently at 4000 Adeline Street when a South San Francisco sports bar takes over the recently vacated space there. Likha should open at Emeryville’s Hometown Heros in May serving bar food with Filipino influences.
Sardine fishing ban continues for fourth year
In a situation that recalls the infamous decline of Monterey’s Cannery Row chronicled by John Steinbeck, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Pacific Fishery Management Council says the northern Pacific sardine population is still far too fragile for commercial fishing. It’s the fourth year that council has voted to restrict sardine fishing, with population down to 3 percent of its peak in 2006. Scientists blame the situation on natural fluctuation and changing conditions in the ocean, with overfishing exacerbating those circumstances.