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Apr 22, 2008 04:13 PM

Sabina being replaced by Spice Monkey (downtown Oakland)

(Sabina is gone, yay!)

They are closed up, and signs read that Spice Monkey Restaurant or Spice Monkey Cafe is opening in that location. No further details except that it looks like they are hiring wait staff, cooks, etc, which probably means a long wait. From the name of it I would hope for something Caribbean, but that is pure speculation: google reveals nothing to me.

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  1. hmm...basically, this almost has to be good news (!) though I would have guessed something other than Caribbean, but perhaps that is just because Caribbean wouldn't be my first choice....Looking forward to scoping it out for a possible Chow lunch location!

    1. Maybe we could start a pool on what type of food it is. Personally, I'm guessing Indian....anyone who's traveled to India knows that monkeys are everywhere (usually trying to grab your food, so maybe the name isn't optimal...), and of course the food contains a lot of spice.

      1. You beat me to the punch when I first read the post.Monkeys are everywhere in India as opposed to the Caribbean and the food though in both places is spicy appears to allude to East Indian.

        1. "Our international cuisine is made with fresh, local and organic produce." Sounds like fusion.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thanks! Fusion.. well, at least it will be different for the area.

          2. Walked by Sunday and it looked like it was ready to open.

            Really beautiful space, former Robert Howden & Sons tile factory, the facade and interior served as a sort of sample case.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Don't know if it was open or if they were having a pre-opening event, but there were lots of folks there on Saturday evening when I drove by.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Workers still busy last nite (4/28) around 7 p.m.