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All of the East Bay eating places that closed in December

It is at all times a shock to find that your go-to cafe has gone for good, seemingly with out discover. In our weekly reviews, we at Nosh search to trace each notable East Bay restaurant closure; we then reorganize them by area for this, our month-to-month report.

Since, in contrast to restaurant openings, these shutdowns typically occur quietly, your ideas and emails are what retains this column going. They’re at all times welcome at editors@eastbaynosh.org.

Alameda restaurant closure

Hangar 1 Distillery & Tasting Lounge

12/23/22 As marketed, Hangar 1 has closed its hangar. The Alameda distillery and tasting room inside a former airplane hangar, one in every of a strip of sought-after waterfront imbibing locations on Alameda’s former Naval base, was shuttered “…to fulfill the altering wants of the enterprise,” in accordance with its web site. Hangar 1-brand vodka and different spirits will stay in manufacturing at an as-yet-unnamed secondary distillery.

Further particulars are sluggish in coming, together with, as The Chronicle’s Esther Mobley identified when she broke the information, a attainable change in identify. Although based domestically by notable craft distillers in 2001, Hangar 1 is now owned by Proximo Spirits, itself owned by worldwide distributors Becle SA de CV, house owners of Bushmills and Jose Cuervo and plenty of different manufacturers.

For now, the closure of the welcoming native tasting room and bar with unimaginable views has made Hangar 1 really feel a bit much less, properly, native, and for some, the vacations a bit much less merry. Hangar 1 Distillery & Tasting Lounge was at 2505 Monarch St. in Alameda.

Berkeley restaurant closures

Caffe Strada

A Nosh reader despatched on this photograph of Caffe Strada’s papered over home windows on Dec. 18.

12/23/22 Caffe Strada at Bancroft and Faculty is such a Berkeley keystone that concern over its mysterious momentary closure Beginning the weekend of Dec. 17 comes as no shock — because of all of the readers who wrote in. We’ve since realized {that a} ceiling leak and numerous infrastructure points want consideration on the notable cafe, and whereas they’re tended over the following two to a few weeks (scheduled to align with Cal’s scholar break), prospects ought to observe they’ll get their Caffe Strada repair subsequent door.

In a symbiotic vacation give-and-take, Freehouse has opened their doorways to Caffe Strada throughout their very own seasonal break, and Strada’s staffers are cheerfully serving espresso drinks, gentle bites and different menu gadgets (no sandwiches for now) to prospects within the gastropub’s atmospheric stone corridor and patio. We’ll let you realize when the cafe itself reopens. Caffe Strada is at 2300 Faculty Ave. in Berkeley, and is briefly working out of 2700 Bancroft Manner.

rose pizzeria

12/23/22 Not closed! In actual fact, we love all of the media consideration Berkeley’s lovely little Rose Pizzeria has obtained recently, to incorporate being voted one of many Chronicle’s finest new eating places of 2022 (and we guess which means from when it opened in 2021). Rose Pizzeria is simply briefly closed for a vacation break that is a bit longer than some — from 12/24 till Jan. 10, 2023. See you when it reopens on its newly lined rose backyard again patio. Rose Pizzeria is at 1960 College Ave. in Berkeley.

Windchaser Wine Co. Fourth Road

12/30/22 Despatched chasing a brand new location (replace: present in close by Richmond!) for its small-lot wine making operation on account of a Berkeley landlord/lease situation is Windchaser Wine Co., from Gifford Household Wines and founder Dave Gifford. Named for Gifford’s high-energy love of windsurfing and journey, Windchaser model California wines are crafted from Mendocino and El Dorado space vineyards, and nonetheless out there for buy by the corporate’s web site because the group settles into their new house. The favored city vineyard and tasting room was on the Fourth Road location for 5 years; wishing it many extra on the upcoming location. Windchaser Wine Co. was at 1375 Fourth St. in Berkeley; new Richmond handle TBA shortly.

Danville restaurant closures

Basque Boulangerie Cafe Danville

8/12/22 Because of Past The Creek for the information that quaint bakery and cafe Basque Boulangerie has closed its East Bay location contained in the historic Danville Resort property. The Sonoma-based, family-owned bakery enterprise is understood for notable French and sourdough breads, country-style cafe fare and European-inflected confections comparable to Beehive Cake.

The Danville department was open for seven years; the Sonoma location, launched in 1994, stays open and busy. Basque Boulangerie Cafe Danville was at 411 Hartz Ave. in Danville.

Thai Home

12/30/22 Thai Home devotees spent the previous couple of weeks paying their closing respects to the Danville mainstay from married house owners Sam and Marysa Sendee, who introduced their retirement and Thai Home’s pending closure on the finish of 2022. The beautiful, cozy restaurant inside a renovated home (with a beautiful patio) was an everyday on East Bay superlative lists, together with as a Michelin Information Bib Gourmand decide for its house-made sauces and recent Thai dishes. As promised, the restaurant shuttered after service on Dec. 24 after 20 years. “Love you all,” stated a farewell observe on the web site. Thai Home Restaurant was at 254 Rose St. in Danville.

Emeryville restaurant closures

Honor Kitchen & Cocktails in Emeryville. Picture: Emilie Raguso

8/12/22 Concern not, Emeryville and native followers — Honor’s closure beginning Dec. 3 is simply momentary, though it is going to be a minute. The trusty neighborhood bar and restaurant (with the COVID-friendly, tented out of doors parking zone patio, so well-liked for the previous couple of years) has introduced a large-scale kitchen and property rework that can develop its out of doors choices considerably.

Of us can look ahead to an enclosed backyard seating space, out of doors bar, fireplace pits and better menu flexibility as soon as the renovation is full, which is predicted to take between 4 and 6 months.

Hold in there, associates (and possibly take your {dollars} to close by Rudy’s Cannot Fail or Doyle Road Cafe for informal American eating, or Wolfhound and Prizefighter for these drinks). Honor Kitchen & Cocktails is at 1411 Powell St. in Emeryville.

Jasmine Blossom Thai

8/12/22 Emeryville locals and professionals have recognized this for some time, however Jasmine Blossom Thai has a observe on the door saying closure till additional discover. Yelp says it ought to reopen Jan. 17. We’ll maintain you posted. Jasmine Blossom Thai is at 6520 Hollis Ave. in Emeryville.

Oakland restaurant closures

Golden Peacock Restaurant

Oakland’s Golden Peacock closed for good on the finish of 2022. Credit score: Allan L.

1/3/22 Because of a reader for the unhappy information that Oakland’s Golden Peacock Restaurant has closed after serving the neighborhood quick, reasonably priced lunch and dinner day by day for 50 years. The comforting Chinatown mainstay was, in our reader’s phrases, one of many “final and solely old-school Chinese language locations” in that neighborhood, recognized for its warming soups, pressed duck, chow mein and different homestyle dishes. The Golden Peacock was wanted particularly for lunch (dinner was take-out and supply solely), in a eating room with a easy ambiance however for the pleasant and acquainted service of the household of householders. Golden Peacock Restaurant was at 825 Webster St. in Oakland.

Novel Brewing

Novel Brewing Co’s opening on June 4, 2016. Credit score: Novel Brewing/Instagram

12/16/22 It was a farewell for the books at this beer-and-lit lovers’ gathering spot on the Oakland-Emeryville border after closing service final weekend. Per the web site, “Novel Brewing started its story on June 4, 2016, and wrote its closing chapter on Dec. 11, 2022.”

For married house owners Teresa Tamburello and Brian Koloszyc, Novel Brewing Co. was a love story that started when the couple determined to embark on some dwelling brewing collectively after their second date; that journey ultimately led to each marriage and co-ownership of a bar. Novel’s intelligent give attention to books, video games, puzzles, language, phrases and all issues print attracted its neighborhood clientele virtually as a lot because the recent brews with names comparable to Byline Pale Ale and Agnostic Amber, supply of which stored many locals stocked all through the pandemic.

Although this parting is extra sorrow than candy, we hope the story ends with, “…they usually lived fortunately ever after” for all concerned; the welcoming bar and out of doors patio has already transferred to newcomers Tenma Beer Venture, with a gap to return. Novel Brewing Co. was at 6510 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland.

Starline Social Membership

Starline Social Membership. Picture: Starline Social Membership

12/30/22 Most followers imagine this loveworn Oakland venue’s current heyday ended after 5 enjoyable, funky years when it was first pressured to go darkish through the pandemic’s preliminary March 2020 lockdown. Opened after a years-long hibernation in 2015, the gritty dwell music corridor, bar and restaurant was an all-inclusive Oakland gathering spot, regularly packed for its stellar meals, drink and spectacular record of performers. As soon as the pandemic hit, the Starline remained darkish, ultimately reopening in late 2021. Regardless of the welcome-back fanfare, the membership then went down a little bit of a hard highway, with administration, communication and monetary points, in accordance with former staffers, and the eleven joyful vibe turned lackluster. It has now introduced closure but once more, this time completely. For now. (It needs to be famous that the placement itself has been many iterations of Oakland gathering spot since 1893, and can little question rise once more.) Starline Social Membership was at 2236 Martin Luther King, Jr. Manner in Oakland.

Livermore restaurant closure

Sutherland Distilling

Livermore craft spirits distillery Sutherland Distilling closed up its tasting room simply earlier than the brand new yr, and sadly the operation itself will shut shortly. “Manufacturing of Sutherland merchandise has ceased and isn’t anticipated to renew,” stated a discover on the door and posted on Instagram. “We will probably be engaged on closing our operation within the coming months whereas we end some work, and are anticipated to depart the constructing by summer season 2023.” Sutherland Distilling was opened by brothers Ryan and Barry Sutherland and pal Eric Larimer in 2013. Remaining bottles of the corporate’s small-batch vodka, rum, bourbon, rye and brandy — the group’s Navy Power Rum was a selected bestseller — are nonetheless on the market on the premises for the following few months, attain out for buy. Sutherland Distilling was at 3189 Independence Dr. in Livermore.

Pleasanton restaurant closure

Barone’s Restaurant

12/30/22 Pleasanton has misplaced a white-tablecloth basic. Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Joe and Maricela Barone posted the next observe on Barone’s Restaurant’s web site on the finish of 2022: “It’s with heavy hearts that after 27 years…we will probably be closing our effective eating operation on 12/22/2022. The previous couple of years have been troublesome for us all, with Covid, inflationary pressures and staffing shortages impacting day-to-day operations.” The observe goes on to have a good time and thank the Barone’s neighborhood that shared within the couple’s love of high-end delicacies, wine and repair for practically 30 years, each of their glowing eating room and on the sought-after backyard patio. Nod to the Pleasanton Weekly for first alerting the general public to the closure. Barone’s Restaurant was at 475 St. John St. in Pleasanton.

Walnut Creek restaurant closure

The Counter Walnut Creek

Past The Creek tells us that The Counter has closed its Walnut Creek location after 14 profitable years. The intrepid burger restaurant chain was a crowd-pleaser from the beginning, recognized for its myriad customization choices, from meat (or meatless) to bread (or breadless) burger varieties to toppings and naturally condiments. There at the moment are 20 Counter eating places remaining all through the nation, together with Hawaii, and internationally in Tokyo and Dublin; 13 Counter places are in California. The Walnut Creek location left a proud farewell captured by BtC. The restaurant closed on Dec. 29. The Counter Walnut Creek was at 1699 N California Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

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