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Bocanova on JLS opens tonight

By awoodall
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 12:24 pm in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

…is opening tonight (Tuesday Sept. 1) in the old Spaghetti Factory space on Jack London Square. Bocanova had a limited “soft opening” during Eat Real festival over the weekend serving drinks and a few appetizers. Tonight they roll out their “Pan American” menu. I wish the weather was as heavenly as it was this weekend for the restaurant’s patio seating.
I try not to get too personal about places I write about because not only is my taste (visual, culinary) peculiar but I’m also very particular. The way I see it, my job is to tell people what’s out there although I admit that in the beginning I was excited just by the fact that new places were opening. Patrons are going to taste the menus, try the drinks, judge the service and prices for themselves. Anyway, our Time Out section does the actual dining reviews six weeks after a restaurant’s opening. But I have to say that I like the way Bocanova looks because it is different than numerous places that have opened in the past year or so whose main distinguishing feature is what they put on the walls. Bocanova has a mellow, warm feel with low ceilings and weathered orange, yellow and brown sofas instead of benches. Cement pillars are lit by two rows of small white lights and covered by about three or four feet of muddled yellow-orange canvas curtain. The floors are slate-colored tiles and a big wood-fired brick oven in the open kitchen is opposite the entrance at the other side of the restaurant. The bar is in the center. On the far side toward are more tables and then the patio that faces the walkway along Jack London Square.

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3 Responses to “Bocanova on JLS opens tonight”

  1. spell-check Says:

    “muddled”?—- I say visually defining!

  2. awoodall Says:

    Did you visit the restaurant?
    I agree they are visually defining by design. Muddled refers to the grainy, canvas texture of the material of which the subdued, muted color appears sort of splotchy, for lack of a better word, because of the lighting being from two bands instead of being dispersed.

  3. spell-check Says:

    Did visit the restaurant. I objected to your use of the pejorative – thought it as inappropriate.

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