Turns out Kuwa opened but for lunch only until the Clay St restaurant-lounge gets going, according to New Orleans transplant and chef, Reign. I dropped in yesterday evening on my way to the Old Oakland National Night Out (small, but friendly in this district’s case). She was making lists for the next day while her husband entertained their little boy. Early this evening, I stopped by The Trappist for update on their plans for the extra space the owners took over a while back. The white walls and cement floors have been transformed with warm greens, wood floors and tables and brick accents. It’has been open for Th, Fri and Saturday crowds and will open the rest of the week soon. Same with Levende East’s plans for their 481 Washington St. boite. Target opening date — if all goes as planned – is the last week in November.