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Mar 25, 2014 09:33 AM

Taiwanese - Pi Dan Noodle house coming (maybe) to Uptown Oakland

A friend just shared this with me.

Taiwanese noodle shop serving classics like Zha Jian Mian. They are raising funds to try to open this summer in Uptown Oakland. Looks like Grand Ave by Farley's.

Architects who did Sightglass Coffee and The Mill. Local ingredients, classic techniques. Perhaps more true to original recipes than Ramen Shop. But feels to me like spiritual cousins of Ramen Shop and Hawker Fare.

Not an ad. I am not associated with the restaurant. Just love the idea of it existing and being near my office.

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  1. Pi Dan is almost next to Ike's. saw "help wanted" signs up a week ago.

    8 Replies
    1. re: shanghaikid

      Those help wanted signs must be old. The fundraising campaign has three weeks to go and pledges total only about 13% toward its goal.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        not that old. the help wanted signs weren't there when i went to suya carribbean during their opeining phase.

        1. re: shanghaikid

          Per the fundraiser page, the owner unexpectedly died a few weeks ago.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            hopefully the friends behind the fundraising has some skills in starting/running a noodle business. good intentions isn't a recipe for business success.

            can't imagine why tablehopper would mention the fundraiser.

            1. re: shanghaikid

              William Lo (CPA), Pi Dan's managing member, worked closely with Allison on our business plan and financials from the beginning, and our Chef Hai Le has several years of kitchen management experience. Hai and Allison had finalized all the recipes and plating. Two other CPAs and a marketing director are advising. We wouldn't be trying to continue Pi Dan unless we had a strong grasp of the situation, but thank you for your concern.

              If you're interested in learning more, we'd be happy to send you our investor packet (

              1. re: relitnosmoge

                thanx for your reply. i recently came across mentions of "pi dan" on websites(what the fork, angry asian man)i hold in high esteem. i became aware of the strong management team in place. i no longer worry about the prospects for success.

                a pic of allsion(28 years of age) on "asian angry man" showed her looking 40ish so i assume her illness was an oncoming one.

                flattered by your offer of an investment opportunlity. will look lnto helping out in a small way....

                1. re: shanghaikid

                  I met Alison a handful of times. Recently. And I didn't think she looked 40. And she didn't look ill. And you know what happens when you assume.

                  With a name like Pi Dan, I'm looking forward to some really authentic, not-scared-to-take-chances food.

                  Thanks, Alison. It was a pleasure meeting you.

                  1. re: thefundamentals

                    was referring to a pic of allison seen on the internet. maybe the camera angle made allison look way beyond her 28 years.

                    noticed an article alluding to the family's wish for privacy regarding the nature of allison's death. ok. case closed.
                    looking forward to the food...

    2. The fundraising campaign has been terminated and monies raised ($23K) will be refunded. The video with Jameson Tyler has been deleted.