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Viva la cock in Old Oakland tonight

By awoodall
Saturday, July 12th, 2008 at 3:22 pm in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife, Old Oakland, restaurants.

The rooster will be crowing after hours tonight in Old Oakland. The Cock-A-Doodle Cafe had a practice run last night for what will be a weekend cabaret. Tonight (July 12) is the official launch. The owners are keeping things modest to start with but chef Blanca Arechiga has plans to put in a stage, dancefloor and sofas (nothing too crazy, though) outside in the section of patio behind the painted gate. For now the patio that is normally open during breakfast and lunch has a bar serving sangria, mohitos (four varieties), wine and other libations to the beat of salsa music. The menu is a collection of tapas from Latin America such as tostones cubanos, papas a la huancaina (Peru), Guatemalan tostadas, pupusas (El Salvador). July has been a helluva month for Arechiga and co-owner/partner Ana Trujillo. First Arechiga was prepping for the restaurant’s third anniversary on July 4 but ended up closing for a day because of a gas leak. It started small about 1 a.m. but by the time 4 a.m. rolled around bulldozers were splitting open the street to dig up an ancient gas line.  Then she was taking a day off when a call came that a blaze had broken out in the building next door. You can still see the scorched Victorian sconces and window blackened by the blaze .  But last night Arechiga was in a jovial baudy mood (“Viva la cock!” — and not the crowing kind) and aside from the chilly weather things seemed to be smooth.

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