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Dec 4, 2010 09:18 PM

Canales is leaving Oliveto!

Tonight's Paul Canales' last night at Oliveto. I had no idea! He's been there as long as I've been eating there. I'm gonna miss him a lot, but then again, who knows what it means that his "visions no longer align" with that of the Kleins?

Who can fill us in here?

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. There was a note about this in Inside Scoop this week; apparently he'll be doing something else in Oakland, but hasn't said what exactly yet:

    1. He's been there 15 years, probably ready to do his own thing.

      1. Can anyone speak to how things have been since the 4th? We usually go to Oliveto for NYE, and I'm wondering if we can expect things to remain the same.

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        1. re: lexdevil

          Here's the announcement for the new chef, Jonah Rhodehamel, who started on Dec. 5.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Could that announcement be more pompous? One reason I'm not interested in ever going back to Oliveto is that they take themselves waaaaaay to seriously. Take the food seriously, but not yourself!

            Oliveto Cafe
            5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        2. The Chron reports Canales has signed a lease in the same building as Flora, 468 19th St. That space was offices, so presumably the remodeling, permits, etc. will take a while.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Chron says the name will be Duende, the food will be Spanish-ish, and he hopes to include a retail wine shop, art gallery, and music venue.