Author Archives LZ

  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – July 2016 Grand Lake Kitchen Doubles its Seating Area & Adds a Full Bar On June 1, the neighborhood was excited when Grand Lake Kitchen quietly reopened after completing an expansion project that doubled its seating area and added a full bar with two televisions quietly showing sports. May […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – June 2016 Icey Cream has opened just in time for summer, creating a new sweet spot on Grand Avenue,  west of 580. – LZ. Late in May, a small paper on the front door of the long-awaited Icey Cream shop promised that the store would open on Monday, May […]

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  •   GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – May 2016 Direct Urgent Care – Now at 411 Grand Ave., Oakland On April 4, 2016, co-founders Caesar Djavaherian, M.D., M.S., FACEP, and Seth Kaufman, M.D., FACEP, opened Direct Urgent Care at 411 Grand Avenue.  It’s open every day from 8 AM to 6 PM.  Their Berkeley clinic, […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – April 2016 Hi Neighbors! This month we take a closer look at Jong Ga House, meeting the family that owns this authentic Korean restaurant in our neighborhood and appreciating the delicious food.  – LZ. Jong Ga House – Classic Korean Cuisine For years I walked past Jong Ga House, […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – February 2016 Hi Neighbors! Watch this space for monthly news and notes about tasty gems, activities, handy services, art, and changes on Grand Ave., west of 580. – LZ. See what’s new at Kitchen 388 What images does the word “brunch” conjure in your mind? Long lines? Limited hours? […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – January 2016 Hi Neighbors! Welcome to January, the month named for Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, according to ancient Roman religion and mythology.   – LZ. Beginnings & Transitions on Grand Ave, West of 580 Like Janus, this month we will look backward and forward to check the status of the opening, re-opening, […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – December 2015 Hi Neighbors! This month we look at two new, closely related bicycle enterprises sharing space on Grand Avenue west of 580. — LZ Oakland SPOKES Bike Lounge & the Family Bike Collective (FBC) On Plaid Friday, November 27, Brian Drayton and his wife, Pearly Tan, opened the […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – September 2015 Hi Neighbors! This month Enssaro announces a move and a special offer for Splashpad readers. – LZ. Enssaro Ethiopian Restaurant One day in 2006, Mama Tamirue came home from buying Injera at the Lake Merritt Super Market and announced to her son Solomon, “We are going to […]

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  • Hi Neighbors and happy birthday to the “Grand Avenue, West of 580” blog that turned 2 years old at the end of June. Thank you for your readership and occasional comments. This summer I am providing updates on the progress of plans previously noted, other changes on Grand Ave., west of 580, and activities at […]

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  •     GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – March 2015 Hello, Neighbors! Watch this space for monthly news and notes about tasty gems, handy services, art, and changes on Grand Ave., west of 580. – LZ.  Grand Lake Kitchen Let’s say you want something to eat that is fresh, quick and casual at 2:30 in […]

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