The El Cerrito Speakeasy movie theater closed a few months ago, and reopened in July as Rialto Cinema (under the same company that runs the Elmwood in Berkeley). They recently began serving pizza, salads and sandwiches, but they’re still waiting on the new liquor license.
10070 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
Summer Kitchen is a bakeshop owned by former Chez Panisse pastry chef Charlene Reis. Originally planned to open last year, there have been a lot of delays. Charlene has been busy hiring cooks and people to work the counter and should be ready to open any day now. In the meantime, let’s take a peek at her menu. Red pepper bisque? Yes! Beef short ribs braised with red wine and garlic? Yes, please!
2944 College (at Ashby) in Berkeley
According to Serious Eats/Slice, Emilia’s pizzeria might be the new hangout for homesick New Yorkers: “Emilia’s is a dead ringer for any of New York’s legendary coal-oven pizzerias.” Kieth Freilich worked at Pizza Hut, Grimaldi’s, Pizzaiolo, and Flour + Water before opening his own spot. He’s starting with small batches of dough and only dinner service. Freilich will gradually increase items on the menu as well as operating hours. Follow them on Twitter for the daily menu and status of dough. Cash only.
2995 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
According to Grub Street, 62 Bay Area Restaurants were chosen for this year’s Michelin Bib Gourmand list. These are anonymous inspectors’ favorite “value” restaurants, where an entire meal (2 dishes, a glass of wine or dessert) is $40 or less. Out of the 18 new restaurants on the list, 6 are in the East Bay:
According to Eater SF, Chef Eric Trucker of Millennium will open a vegetarian wine bar in Jack London Square. It will be called Encuentro, with plans to open in November. Herbivores and omnivores should look forward to a seasonal menu and organic wines from small wineries.
According to tablehopper, Tamarindo plans to open a tequila bar next door in December.
468 8th Street and Broadway, Oakland, 510-444-1944