Hayward Bistro hosts memorial for beer blogger Bill Brand

Vic Kralj, owner of the Bistro at 1001 B St. in downtown Hayward, fondly remembers late beer blogger and former Oakland Tribune reporter Bill Brand, who died last month after being struck by a MUNI bus in San Francisco.

“He was always mentioning the Bistro in his blog,” Kralj said. “He was such a great, mellow guy.”

Thursday (March 26) is Brand’s birthday, and Kralj decided to host an event in his honor, celebrating his late friend with rare beers, appetizers, chocolates, and plenty of toasts and camaraderie. It starts at 6:30 p.m.

Kralj said he plans on making it an annual affair, and all proceeds will be donated to the Contra Costa Food Bank.

For more information, call the Bistro at 510-886-8525.


La Victoria: Already a memory

Hayward High sophomore and frequent HayWord commentor Alex Harmon took some fine photos of the former La Victoria restaurant at Mission Boulevard and D Street, which was razed last month to make way for the Downtown Loop. This is one of many, the rest are available on Alex’s flickr site. Alex is a prolific photographer, so you’ll probably have to search for “La Victoria” to find them.

Says Alex: “I pass by the La Victoria’s almost every day and saw it get torn down. I had my camera with me and started taking photos of the building. The mural on the building was my favorite mural in downtown Hayward and I think it should have been saved or moved.”

Here’s an old but good story by Matt O’Brien about the history of the loop project, with accompanying interactive presentation.