Author Archives Ken Katz

  • GRAND AVENUE FIRST THURSDAYS Overcast skies (but no rain) are predicted for this month’s First Thursdays Art Walk. Hours are 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Panorama Framing: Opening night reception for Nicollette Smith‘s show of collages entitled, “Appropriated Topography“. Refreshments and Live Music by Graham Patzner. San Francisco Fiber: (3711 Grand) Lou Grantham […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE MERCHANT NEWS On January 19, brothers, Khalid and Najib Elferrouj opened La Parisienne Cafe and Boulangerie at 3249 Grand with Chef Karim Bedda at the helm .  A Yelp review by a guy named Don said what I wanted to say – but much better: Oakland has a French bakery that (brace yourself) […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE FIRST THURSDAYS Overcast skies (but no rain) are predicted for this month’s  First Thursdays Art Walk.    Hours are 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Panorama Framing:  Mid-exhibit reception for “CAUSE/EFFECT” – Abstract Group Show.  Refreshments served. Live music. San Francisco Fiber:  (3711 Grand)  extends an open invitation to try your hand […]

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  • Editor’s Note:  The biggest news this month is the start of a brand New Year.  May it continue to be filled with good times, great food and the sense of community that makes the Grand Lake district such a wonderful place to call “home”.  And yes, less violence and more justice worldwide would be welcomed […]

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  • FRONT PAGE NEWS We’re leading off this month’s newsletter with two big stories:  the abrupt closure of Grand Fare Market and the equally sudden demise of the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts franchise. Writing, in last month’s newsletter about Grand Fare Market, I linked to their overwhelmingly positive reviews but did take note that some online comments […]

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  • EDITOR’S NOTE:  We’re publishing a couple of days early in order to give last-minute plugs to some of the many events happening this weekend. LAKESHORE/LAKE PARK MERCHANT NEWS As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, Lin Jia Asian Kitchen is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in November and owner,  Marcia Lam is showing her gratitude for all […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – November 2015 Hi Neighbors! Ahn’s Quarter Pound Burger anticipates re-opening early this month, perhaps Monday, November 2! Watch for the white barrels to disappear from the parking lot. – LZ. Ahn’s Quarter Pound Burger On February 11, 2015, about 3½ hours after closing, a grease fire erupted on the […]

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  • SPLASHPAD NEWSLETTER GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – October 2015 Hi Neighbors! On Oct. 10, join the Splashpad Park team and Mayor Libby Schaaf walking “1000 steps for independence” with Clausen House. Learn more about Clausen House in this month’s article. – LZ. Clausen House In 1964, Shirley and Dr. Edwin Clausen, a surgeon specializing […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE MERCHANT NEWS As  I reported last month, the dedicated volunteers at Studio Grand were supposed to take a well-deserved vacation through the month of September.  Judging by their event calendar, it must have been a working vacation as they have eighteen events scheduled for this month including five concerts sponsored by the Oakland […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE MERCHANT NEWS Grand Avenue is changing so rapidly, it’s hard to believe that five years ago, when we conducted a neighborhood survey under the auspices of the Grand Lake Retail Advisory Group, there were about fifteen vacancies – not to mention, numerous properties that were underutilized and in disrepair. Many of the “wants” […]

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