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A16 Opening Oakland branch in Rockridge

singleguychef Oct 16, 2012 04:14 PM

The Chron's Inside Scoop just reported that A16 is opening in Rockridge next year, replacing Hudsons. Here's the article http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

As usual, it just focused on A16's plans, but doesn't say anything about why Hudsons is closing. Anyone know?

While Hudson may not have been amazing, it was decent and offered up a nice alternative for that area. It always seemed pretty busy. I feel sad that it's closing only because it's been there for so long (albeit mostly as Garibaldi's and then that Garibaldis/Marzano hybrid).

Still, I am excited about A16 moving in. I think that would be a game changer because even though there's A Cote and Oliveto (and Wood Tavern way on the other end of College Avenue), I still feel that end of College Avenue didn't have that high caliber of restaurants. It was more restaurants like Chu's and I-Squared that were decent but not necessarily buzz-worthy. So with A16, and also James Syahabout's new spot opening in the old Somerset, I feel like Rockridge may finally live up to its name as a destination hot spot.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: singleguychef Oct 16, 2012 04:43 PM

    Seems like the business must have been in trouble or they wouldn't have made it over twice.

    1. Scott M RE: singleguychef Oct 16, 2012 04:49 PM

      I went to Hudson once and wasn't overly impressed. I had an 8:00pm reservation and waited over 30 minutes for a table. The pizza was the only menu item I would order again. The service wasn't great. I never made it around to trying again.

      1. Melanie Wong RE: singleguychef Apr 14, 2013 10:35 PM

        Talked to Victoria Libin recently about progress towards opening in Rockridge and still targeting for on/around May 15. More interesting were the experiments with the pizza dough. She admires UPN, and while wild starter is too inconsistent for A16's size of operation, they're trying new yeasts and kneading techniques to improve flavor and texture. The chefs from SF and Oakland traveled Italy's A16 from end to end this summer for inspiration. The menu will have the same structure in both branches but each chef will be free (and encouraged) to come up with his own dishes.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong May 19, 2013 03:01 PM

          Still doing bar, counter and tile work as of Friday.

          FB page is up.
          https://www.facebook.com/A16Rockridge

          A16 Rockridge
          5356 College Avenue
          Oakland, CA 94618

        2. Robert Lauriston RE: singleguychef May 23, 2013 11:09 AM

          Inside Scoop says it could open as soon as next Thursday.

          http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston May 26, 2013 04:21 PM

            Here's Shelley LIndgren's instagram of the rachetta.
            http://instagram.com/p/Ztk8hRtVlv/
            Victoria Libin says the handle is stuffed with ricotta. She credits Starita in Naples for the inspiration.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: singleguychef May 29, 2013 02:22 AM

            Opening Saturday June 1, according to Victoria Libin.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Jun 1, 2013 10:33 AM

              Alleged opening menu:

              http://www.berkeleyside.com/wp-conten...

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