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- In the new era of satellite kitchens, it appears that more than 30 ghost kitchens are operating out of the same address in Oakland, as part of a new development called Oakland Food Hall. The development, located at 2353 East 12th Street, opened in October 2020 under the name Jingletown Eats but rebranded as Oakland Food Hall roughly one month ago, according to a vendor at the food hall, who asked to remain anonymous. Both concepts are overseen by CloudKitchens, a startup from former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, according to a representative with the company. More than 30 different food businesses are listed on the Oakland Food Hall website as available for pickup and delivery through third partners, including local favorites Little Skillet, Montesacro, and Frjtz. The exact number of vendors at Oakland Food Hall is not clear at this time, nor is the reason for the change in name. Eater has reached out to CloudKitchens for more information.
- Berkeleyside Nosh stops by Akoma Food Market this week, an East Oakland farmers market that’s spotlighting local Black and brown farmers and food vendors. In addition to produce, vendors are selling books, clothing, lemonade, and wine on the first and third Sunday of every month through May, at which point the market will operate on a weekly basis. Located at 7101 Foothill Boulevard, at 73rd Avenue.
- Oakland watering hole the Wolfhound is now blessed with Tijuana-style birria tacos on weekends. Stop by the bar between 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays for tacos, tortas, and burritos stuffed with birria de res. Vegan tacos made with roasted root vegetables, black beans, and vegan cheese are also on deck. Walk up or text (415) 597-6668 to order.
- Local institution Scott’s Seafood has permanently closed its Walnut Creek dining room after more than 30 years. The original location of Scott’s Seafood opened in the Marina in 1976, followed by this North California Boulevard outpost in 1987. [Berkeleyside Nosh]
- More closing news this week: Arzu Uyghur Cuisine, one of the Bay Area’s rare Uyghur restaurants, closed at the end of January. The restaurant plans to reopen at a new location in the future, according to a note from the owner on Yelp. [San Francisco Chronicle]
- Have an excuse, but not a destination, for splurging this weekend? Check out our updated guide to the best sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.