A new project on Oakland's Hallowell-heavy stretch of Grand Avenue -- neighboring Boot and Shoe and Penrose -- is officially open, titled Grand Fare, and it's off to a promising start.
|Grand Fare, freshly open. |
The project moved into the space that used to house the Indonesian art gallery-cum-café Monkey Forest Road, and while a café will remain, plans for the future of the space are decidedly more food-focused. After a few months, Doug Washington (Town Hall, Salt House, Anchor & Hope) plans to move in a curated selection of food artisans to vend from the periphery, Ferry Building-style, and a chef to work with market ingredients. In the meantime, the space will function as a cozied-up, Wi-Fi-free coffee house, custom-built to foster connection and spur more interaction by forsaking today's standard "sea of screens" café landscape. Instead, think a turntable and old records, couches and sheepskin throws, and pillows in the windowsill for lounging.
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