Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Nightlife news and blues

By awoodall
Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 12:12 pm in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

Cafe Trieste is finally open on Piedmont Avenue, two years after they began the process. Nearby, JoJo’s has been replaced by a signless storefront eatery, according to a resident of the area.
Downtown, Pat’s sports bar, the funky place on Franklin and 15th is turning into the slick Layover lounge that promises to feature djs, bands, mixed media art “for your cultural enrichment” and “an experience unlike anything else in Oakland!” I know not everyone was a fan of Pat’s but they were nice people and thought nothing of buying BBQ with the fixings for patrons from the shop next door. Anyway, what else…? Bench and Bar’s Uptown club, @17th, is moving along as is the old Sweet Jimmie’s space. Of course, Bocanova is featured in the Night Owl column in today’s paper.

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4 Responses to “Nightlife news and blues”

  1. Art Says:

    The restaurant that replaced JoJo is actually Commis, James Syhabout’s new project, which has generated a lot of buzz locally.

  2. Angela Woodall Says:

    Hmmm. Maybe the lower the profile the bigger the buzz…I am going to cruz Piedmont Ave. Saturday to check out the new places.

  3. Coolhand Luke Says:

    Just read the piece on Bocanova in the Trib and am excited to check it out. But I think you may be confused about where TGI Fridays used to be. TGIF was kiddy corner from Barns and Noble, across from what was Jack’s Bistro. Maybe thats what you meant, it just seemed like you were saying that it was right next to Bocanova. Good read though. Thanks! More importantly, how was the food? DId you eat there?

  4. Angela Woodall Says:

    I can’t say much about the food and usually try not to because I have really particular tastes. The only restaurant I have eaten at in years that I really enjoyed is Bellanico. But I liked Bocanova’s ambiance unlike the outside area of Lake Chalet. The service at Lake Chalet on the patio was bad as was the menu. (the inside has always been okay.) Anyway, what I did sample at Bocanova was fine.

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