Angela’s opens! (Thursday!)
I was driving by Angela’s Bistro after the council meeting on Tuesday (yes, it was still Tuesday when the meeting ended!) when I noticed something strange: A sign that said “Open for Easter Brunch.” Could it be that after all these months of watching and waiting, the restaurant was finally open?
The restaurant will be opening for dinner Thursday night, president and executive chef Saboor Zafari said.
Zafari closed his other restaurant at Marina Village last year and has been working hard over lo these many months to open his new place, which is at 2301 Central Avenue, a few doors down from the movie theater. (The restaurant is owned by Zafari, winemaker Kent Rosenblum and “some other friends.”)
Zafari said he’ll be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with appetizers and small plates in between. They’ll serve food from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. or so every day, and the bar will remain open for an hour or so after that, Zafari said. They’ll also have brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Zafari is still waiting on the state for his liquor license though, so it’s not clear when Angela’s will be able to offer wine and other adult beverages for sale.
I got a partial menu today and it includes some pretty fancy looking fish dishes (lobster ravioli, shrimp linguine, petrale sole) plus a spinach strudel, chicken, lamb and hanger steak.
Their phone number, if you’re looking to make a reservation, is 522-5822. (Looks like they’re still working on the website.)
While I’m on it, I’ve got two other eatery openings of late that I’ve been meaning to tell you about. One is Tu Tai 2, which takes over the space just vacated by Cafe Le Vietnamese Bistro at 1631 Webster Street. The new place, which is the second location for Tai Van Trinh (his first restaurant, Tu Tai, is in San Leandro) will offer “traditional Vietnamese fare.” The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Their phone number is 523-6993.
And heading east, you’ve got the new Shay’s Cafe, which bills itself as “an East Coast/West Coast eatery,” at 2711 Encinal Avenue. I’m curious to see how their East Coast subs stack up against the originals (I have friends from New Jersey who swear there is something about the water there that makes the sub rolls special). And they have their own catering outfit right next door. They’re at 748-0423.