Diving Dog runs dry
Diving Dog Brewhouse, a unique Uptown Oakland beer bar at which customers themselves could brew beer on premises, has closed after five years in business. “The bottom line is expenses vastly outpaced income,” owners wrote. “During these last five years, we have had so many amazing people come through, on both the customer and staff side,” they added. “That is what makes this so hard, and painful. To lose that connection to so many amazing people on both sides of the bar.”
Zaytoon leaves Valencia after a decade
SF native Christopher Totah is closing the quick-service Mediterranean/Palestinian restaurant he opened 10 years ago at 136 Valencia Street. But it’s not all bad news: There’s still until September 7 to stop by for kebab burgers and chicken shawarma, and now there’s a new Zaytoon outpost on Divisadero to try, too.
No, customers at deep 24th Street cocktail haven, Junior, haven’t time-travelled back to the ‘90s. It’s just that the bars new menu looks the part. It’s inspired by the era’s DIY zines (individually stapled for authenticity) with cheeky, photocopier art and new cocktails like the “American Remains” (overproof bourbon, amontillado sherry, and bitters, and served with a High Life pony on the side).
Dumplings will fill a Castro vacancy
Vietnamese restaurant Pho 335 has closed in the Castro after less than a year in business on Noe Street, a brief run in what was once the nearly 30-year-old House of Chen space. Fortunately, a replacement is on the way: A new venture called Dumpling House, according to signs on the door spotted by Hoodline.