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.
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.
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.