Hella Halal Guys
New York-founded Middle Eastern franchise Halal Guys has found fertile ground in the Bay Area, first arriving in San Francisco and Berkeley. It’s now bound for Uptown Oakland at 2214 Broadway, with plans to open this summer there in the former home of Plum Bar and the original location of Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi’s fast food business Locol. The Uptown Local closed in Summer 2017 with the team moving its focus to West Oakland and a new location there. Only time will tell if Halal Guys can succeed where Locol appeared to struggle.
Rainbow Cocktail Macarons at Kahnfections
Baker Judy Kahn’s 20th Street Mission shop, Kahnfections, has a menu of rainbow macarons for Pride. Her cocktail inspired flavors include a green midori sour, yellow pina colada, orange bellini, and red strawberry daiquiri, but she’s got non-boozy versions, too, and is now taking online orders for each.
East Bay staple Zand’s will close after 30 year run
Monier Attar’s Albany bakery and deli at 1401 Solano Avenue will reportedly close on June 30. Attar says her landlord didn’t want renew her lease, and she appears to be heartbroken — but plans to take a well-deserved break and regroup.
DUM Indian Soul Food’s restaurant will become Ritu
Chef Rupam Bhagat’s ultra-popular biryani (and more) food truck operation DUM Indian Soul Food expanded to a brick and mortar location of the same name in 2016 at 3111 24th Street in the Mission. But starting June 7, chef Bhagat is rechristening the place Ritu, the Hindi word for “seasons,” and redesigning the restaurant to differentiate it from the look and feel of the bright, playful food truck. Fortunately, his biryani is still on the menu at Ritu, along with Californian takes on Indian food like kale chaat and Tandoori fried chicken.