Sorrel is opening its own pop-up morning cafe called Café Oxalis
The newly Michelin-ed restaurant is now providing coffee to its tony stretch of Sacramento Street, along with tea and pastries. The café’s coffee director, Karley Jane, is working with Soul Work Coffee to roast beans specifically for Oxalis’ espresso drinks. Pastry chef Evan Brittell’s scones, gougere’s and sourdough focaccia will be available, as will Phoenix Tea Collection teas; after 11 a.m., grab a beer, wine, or vermouth cocktail. (The cafe will offer seating in the bar area; the dining room will be closed til dinner.) Café Oxalis is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3228 Sacramento Street.
Farmhouse Thai Kitchen to open in Gourmet Ghetto
Another outpost of the very popular Lao Thai restaurant will open at 1549 Shattuck Ave. in the former Dara Thai Lao Cuisine restaurant location. The two-story space also has a rooftop, which the notoriously festive restaurant group is eager to utilize. The small empire has grown exponentially since it opened its first Mission restaurant, with locations in Jack London Square, and Portland, Oregon, plus Daughter Thai in Montclair. The restaurant’s bright and playful style should arrive in Berkeley by the end of the year. Meanwhile, as Nosh reports, the team is planning a larger commissary kitchen and food truck in San Leandro, slated to open in August.
Grand Lake Kitchen’s second location opens in Oakland’s Dimond District
Grand Lake Dimond is now open in Oakland, with a bigger dining room and outdoor seating area to accommodate the crowds that regularly flock to its Lake Merritt location. It’s got a kid- and dog-friendly patio (opening in July) plus soft serve. There’s a full bar to accompany the menus — very similar to Lake Merritt — with favorites like a smoked fish tower, pastrami benedict, and deli sides like tuna mac. It’s open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. every day (except for Tuesdays in June) for brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner.