I hear the Grand Oaks Grill on 8th and Washington has reopened as a sports bar with a new manager, fresh interior and spruced up menu. But I haven’t seen it for myself. The place is an Old Oakland pioneer from the first wave of nice-ification. They only seemed to open for big private parties and the rest of the time the dining room was empty. Can’t say whether the bar was every busy because it’s set back behind the dining room. Perhaps I’ll have more cause to frequent the classic bar since they have a new drink menu (pomegranate martini, peach martini, draft beers…). And they are supposed to host game nights, including Cal.
Meanwhile across the street, Kai’s seems to be open – hardly ever. I think the building is for sale, which might explain why they are closed nights. In the meantime, the Friends of the Library Bookmark Bookstore (on Washington in between 7 & 8th Streets) has expanded it’s hours to include Sundays. The bookstore will now be open Sundays from 11AM-2:30PM, in addition to regular hours of Monday-Friday 10:30AM-5:30PM & Saturday 10:30AM-3:30PM.
And a note: this Saturday is the last chance to visit the Night Market, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the courtyard of the Pacific Renaissance Plaza — 9th Street between Franklin and Webster.