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O Chame [Berkeley] closing ..... after 23 years.

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    1. Say it ain't so.

      So many lovely meals over the years.....

      1. RIP... I loved that place...

        1. A lovely (and well earned) eulogy from Michael Bauer:

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

          1. Inside Scoop reports Sho Kamio's taking over the space, so that could be pretty great. I've gotten the feeling that Yoshi's didn't really provide him with the ideal stage to fulfill his talents.

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

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              At the same time, I hope he doesn't stray too far from the O Chame formula; those noodle bowls were killer.

              1. re: dunstable

                He will probably turn it into a pizza place/by the slice. That area could use one. ;-)

                1. re: dunstable

                  Fried oyster & udon noodle bowl....

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I think Sho had pretty much free rein at Yoshi's and probably had a say in the design of the kitchen in SF since he came onboard before it was built. Sounds more like he wants to own his own place. Plus Yoshi's SF never became the smash hit it was hoped.

                  1. re: nocharge

                    However free his hand was, the main draw at Yoshi's is the music, so he had to appeal to a much broader crowd than he will now. With two kitchens to oversee and the number of plates they had to crank out, execution couldn't possibly be as consistent as is possible in one small place.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      When Sho went to Yoshi's, he hired away part of his old crew from Ozumo, something that should have helped consistency in the kitchen. But on my last several visits to SF, I've every sign of a restaurant struggling to attract diners with the kitchen likely running at a small fraction of capacity. The SF project has not been a great success and filed for bankruptcy last December.

                3. There was an update on the new place in Eater, and alas, it sounds quite different from O Chame:

                  "The menu will follow the cuisine of Kamio's native Tohoku region, where simple, rustic flavors reign: fresh seafood, local vegetables and Japanese-style charcuterie will all be featured, along with casual lunch options of daily teishoku and bento boxes for takeout. Kamio's dinner offering will also focus on authentic, hearty fare, with nabemono and tabletop binchotan charcoal grilling, as well as nigiri sushi. Oakland restaurant whiz James Syhabout (Commis, Hawker Fare) is a partner in the business, though the menu is entirely Kamio's. Iyasare is targeting an early October opening, so stay tuned for updates."

                  It sounds quite good actually, and I look forward to its opening, but I will miss O Chame.

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                  1. re: dunstable

                    Syhabout's involvement is definitely a good sign. The anticipated menu combines elements and approaches I haven't seen combined at any of my usual East Bay spots. Looking forward.

                    1. re: dordogne

                      Agree with dordogne re Syhabout's connection. And, just a minor point, but I wonder why the Eater piece is so selective, citing his background. I met Syhabout briefly about 10 years ago, at a food event in NYC, when he was a close collaborator of David Kinch; and he seems to've had at least some experience at some very high-profile international restaurants:

                      http://manresarestaurant.blogspot.com...

                      1. re: eatzalot

                        Those are Syhabout's two restaurants. Seems like an adequate bio given that it's just a passing mention of his involvement as a silent partner.

                  2. Per Tablehopper, David Vardy will be guest chef at 2212 Wine Bar in Oakland (formerly Punchdown) on Thursday, February 6th.

                    http://www.tablehopper.com/lush/510-b...