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Replacement for Shuttered Elmwood Cafe Opens Today

Baker & Commons will give the neighborhood its community hub back

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Baker & Commons opens today in former Elmwood Cafe space

Brunch restaurant and community hub Elmwood Cafe shuttered suddenly last month amid renewed criticism for a 2015 incident of racial bias, leaving the neighborhood without a central business on which many of its residents were reliant. Now a former manager of the Elmwood Cafe, Kara Hammond, and Eric Wright, a veteran of the East Bay hospitality industry, are opening a new business in the space at 2900 College Avenue. They call it Baker & Commons, and its first day is today, Fans of Elmwood’s pastry will be happy to know that the same pastry chef is on the team.

Chubby Noodle Cabo

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Craft and Spoon closes in Uptown Oakland tomorrow

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New Jersey’s Slapfish opening in Silicon Valley

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