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Kuwa, new digs in Old Oakland

By awoodall
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 11:22 am in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Old Oakland.

A new Caribbean soul food restaurant — KUWA — could be moving into the neighborhood on Clay Street between 10th and 11th Street, near Le Cheval etc. The owners want to move into the space last occupied by Umi Tochi, the short-lived Japanese restaurant. They’re applying for a cabaret permit, which seems to have the support of neighbors. The permit hearing is Thursday. The block west (I think acc to my geographically challenged brain) of Washington Street needs more action. Another place that would offer music and nightlife, which I assume it will given that restaurants usually don’t stay open until 2 am or need a cabaret license otherwise, would help bring traction to the block, to Arsimona and down the block to Penelope, a wine bar that has a ways to go before it’s ready to open, judging by the peek I snuck the other day from the street.

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7 Responses to “Kuwa, new digs in Old Oakland”

  1. cocobutterfly Says:

    Kuwa’s is going to be hot! I went past there today, and they are gearing up for a great grand opening. The owners have their cabaret licence, and the cook, I hear is off the hook! She’s young, and fresh, and her name is even fierce! Reign Free. Hot, right? This is going to add the jingle and mingle that Oakland has needed for so long. I can’t wait to be smackin’ on some mac and cheese, and listening to some tunes at Kuwa’s. Join me!

  2. mary wilson Says:

    Kuwa will be good for oakland, if you are looking for a relax mature place to eat and be entertain. Live local jazz musician will be showcase. This new chef name Reign Free is off the hook…I had some of her beans and rice..omg.. and her mango cobbler.. I can’t wait.

  3. awoodall Says:

    That sounds great. But why does the sign above the restaurant still read “Annette’s Mexican Dining”?

  4. Cary Williams Says:

    Prince Damons is performing at the grand opening on Friday and Saturday nights. He is a super talent and an entertainer worth your attention and support.

  5. J-East Says:

    I have been to this restaurant and the food is excellent. A must try is the gumbo or jambalaya, the wings are too bad either. While any night or day the food is good they have live jazz and sangrias on Friday night. The jazz band is excellent and the peach sangria is my favorite.

  6. awoodall Says:

    Can’t say myself yet. I was too sick to get to the “grand opening” Friday night, which I guess was the launch of dinner service since lunch has been served for a while. Anyway I think it’s an asset to the Old Oakland neighborhood and hope it keeps going.

  7. Steve Says:

    Looks like they have a website up at kuwaoakland.com. The even got lunch and dinner menus online, so I called in an order yesterday for the sandwich with grilled chicken, smoked gouda, and carmelized onions. O M G it was awesome!! So tonight I went to dinner there. The ambiance was great… but not as great as the mac n cheese, which was like the best thing ever. Also their sweet potato fries were noteworthy as was, of course, their fried chicken.

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