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Park Street is getting a patisserie

Submitted by on 1, September 24, 2010 – 4:50 amOne Comment

The balance of baked goods is set to experience a bit of a shift during flight in and out of Park Street, with the arrival of a brand-new patisserie and departure of a venerable doughnut shop set to happen in the coming months.

First, the good news: John and Nora Dunning, who owned the Crema café in Oakland (and are Alameda residents), are moving their operation to Alameda. They’re hoping to open up their new place in the former Space Happy spot come January.

Nora Dunning said the new Crema will be a French patisserie offering pastries, macaroons, Dunning’s sure-to-be famous cupcakes (I’ve had them and they are gorgeous), coffee and more. The pair are finalizing design details for the space and are getting set to bring their plans to the city next week, she said – details that include a comprehensive list of upgrades and a new kitchen that the couple hopes to build in the space.

“We’re going to bake everything in-house,” Nora Dunning said.

Meanwhile, Golden Pin Donuts is set to shut down after being in business for 26 years. Owner Rahim Seyedein – who drives here every day from San Jose – said he’s ready to move on after working seven days a week for more than a quarter-century.

Seyedein, who worked at a doughnut shop while he attended college and decided to open his own after graduating, said he’s going to take some time off after closing up Golden Pin. He plans to close his doors before Thanksgiving, he said.

On another note, readers have been writing in asking what’s happening with La Piñata, which has also been on Park Street for a quarter century. And the official story is that the Guzman family are staying on to run the Park and Bay Farm restaurants under a new name. The restaurants will now be called La Penca Azul, which for all you food buffs out there is a reference to the leaves of the blue agave plant.

“After much discussion with the collective La Piñata owners throughout the Bay Area, we were unable to resolve family differences and have agreed that this change would be the most beneficial for everyone involved,” they wrote in a press release issued on September 9.

Name aside, they said everything else will remain the same.

“Please rest assured that the food, management, employees, and quality of service that has made La Piñata an Alameda staple will remain the same and be unaffected,” they wrote.

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