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A Favorite East Bay Spot for Latin American Brunch Just Reopened After Six Long Years

Bocanova returns to bring chicken a la brasa and chocolate croissant bread pudding to downtown Oakland

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A bar and painting.
Bocanova makes its triumphant return to Oakland.
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

It took six years, but Jack London Square’s Bocanova is back with a major facelift. The restaurant reopened on April 10 at 1111 Broadway in downtown Oakland with its ever-popular chocolate croissant bread pudding and a host of new breakfast and dinner options including mezcal palomas by night and banana bread by morning. Design firm Arcsine joined owners Rick Hackett, Meredith Melville, and Martin Ladera to bring the restaurant back from its extended hiatus. The more than 6,000 square foot space includes two outdoor patios and an espresso bar with pastries to-go for morning commuters.

Inside, there’s a casual bar space for brunch and parties and a cozier dinner section with booths. The color palette, which includes turquoise, coral, and teakwood, and aesthetic are meant to invoke cultures throughout Central and South America. To tie it all together, Cameron “CAMER1sf” Moberg painted a vibrant mural of a winged woman on the wall. Justin Phanksom of Tea Bella Cafe is working on his cheesecakes at the newly reopened restaurant, too. The new Bocanova is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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