Posts Tagged ‘Oakland’

  • Ladies who Lunch

    And by lunch, we mean the women who are making the incredible meals and developing the innovative experiences we fancy so much. Last weekend’s warm spell reminded us of this quote from Julia Child:


            “I think every woman should have a blow torch.”

    …and how much HEAT the women in hospitality are bringing to the table. As an all female operation at ABC License Co., we are especially proud. We’d like to take a few moments to give props to some of the amazing women in food here in the Bay Area.

    One of the best additions to the dining scene in Oakland, and frankly, beyond, has been Juhu Beach Club. An exciting concept that Chef Preeti Mistry & partner Ann Nadeau have executed beautifully. It’s an easy restaurant to become something of a regular… quality casual at its best.

    While we’re in the East Bay, we’d be remiss not to speak on Tanya Holland, that sparkling queen of soul food who gave us the stellar brunch at Brown Sugar Kitchen off Mandela Parkway. She’s one of the more socially active women in food, in terms of events and public commentary. Hers is a voice we can do with more of, to be sure. And, BSK is a go-to for some dudes who play basketball in Oakland. Curry is more than a spice at Brown Sugar Kitchen. #warriorsground

    Speaking of the Warriors, Red Dog is Lauren Kiino’s casual FiDi location and has plenty of love for Golden State. You can catch the rest of the semifinals from a comfortable bar stool with a scotch egg and a scotch. (Why not?)

    And we’ve got much love for Kim Alter, whose cuisine we incidentally had the pleasure of enjoying this January at a baby shower for our web designer Never Trust a Dame and babydaddy pastry king Bill Corbett at Plum Bar. Sometimes the Bay Area food scene feels a heck of a lot like fantasy. Kim’s forthcoming Nightbird is just finishing up, so stay tuned for her own bundle of joy coming to Hayes Valley this summer.

    The La Cocina ladies are always doing good things at El Huarache Loco at Larkspur Landing and Los Cilantros on Shattuck Ave in Berkeley. Both Mexicanas are making fabulous plates with skill and love. Also, sometimes Dilsa has the most divine alfajores at Los Cilantros.

    Beer! We’re huge fans of Local Brewing on Bluxome Street in SF. Regan Long, brewmaster, and Sarah Fenson are brewing fantastic beer that we’re sure you’ve seen at some of your favorite watering holes throughout the city. This team runs a tight ship, something we can appreciate very much from the licensing side of things.

    Dry though it may be, there are also a lot of women we work with every day on the business side to get these projects going. Escrow queens Linda Chrisman, Tiffany Criger, & Elizabeth McGovern; lawyers extraordinaire Lisa Liu of The Mitzel Group and Roberta Economidis with Georgopoulos & Economidis who keep the business structures legitimate. One of our greatest mentors, the inimitable Lynne Carmichael, truly the grand dame of all things alcoholic beverage law. And the lovely real estate brokers who find the right locations for all this fine fare, especially over at Colliers Intl. & CGI. We’re still reeling over the loss of beautiful Karen Hoke, a one-of-a-kind individual who hustled the real estate game harder than most and was a delight to enjoy a bottle of champs with.

    Many thanks and our eternal support to all of the women who make their mark on this industry in any capacity. Keep it up, ladies. And fire up those blow torches.

    -ABC License Company

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  • Spring 2015 Happenings


    Aloha from our new offices in beautiful downtown Oakland!

    We’re thrilled with our new location at 1440 Broadway, Suite 800.  More space, historic finishes, adjacent to a chocolate café. We’ve already had a few client meetings here, we’re making progress stocking our liquor cabinet and would love to have you in for a visit.

    Some highlights from our current projects:

    Daniel Patterson continues wielding his magical influence with Aster, a new Mission restaurant helmed by young gun Brett Cooper and Sean Ehland (on pastry). They’ve been doing some trial runs at Coi, which should tell you all you need to know. Opening March 31.


    Aster SF Logo


    Starline Social Club is finally ready to open, in an 1893 building on West Grand Ave in Oakland that once harbored a pre-prohibition saloon. Upstairs, it still features a beautiful 350 person ballroom which has been restored to working condition.  A motley crew — Adam Hatch, a fixture on the local art & event scene, fine artist Eric Siemens, & Ramen Shop’s Sam White — joined forces to create an “experience-driven” restaurant/music venue/community and art space in the East Bay.  Ambitious concept, but all we can tell you is that these guys make it seem perfectly natural. Theirs will be a showcase venue for Meyer Sound Laboratories, who have refined acoustics in some of the most impressive venues & facilities worldwide. Find us here this summer sipping champagne from coupes and enjoying the amazing sound.

    The Handmade Bar at Starline

    The handmade bar at Starline getting its final touches

    Also in Oakland, we’re making headway with Calavera, the latest project from Oakland restaurateur Chris Pastena and Coquetta alums Michael Iglesias & Jessica Sackler (who just finished an enviable gig at the Ritz in Puerto Rico).  The food concept is primarily Oaxacan, and they are creating a cocktail menu with tempting offerings like the Oaxacan Swizzle and Dreams of Coyoacan. Um, yes please.  Also one of several projects we’ve got going with our new neighbors Arcsine Architecture, the incredibly talented architects of Duende & Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe acclaim.

    Phil & Jill Lesh are taking the vibes into adjacent Beach Park, expanding the musical oasis that is Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. Beach Park will host a variety of family-friendly events under Mr. Lesh’s direction. This is a special spot: well-executed menu, beautiful interior (check out the Restoration Hardware utopia upstairs) comfortable patio, hoppin’ bar, and, of course, the music. And unfortunately no, we can’t get you tickets to this summer’s Grateful Dead show with Trey Anastasio in Chi Town, good luck on StubHub.

    More beer!  Local Brewing is gearing up for a grand opening on Bluxome Street. Co-founders Regan Long & Sarah Fenson are finally building a permanent home for their craft (down the street from Bluxome Street Winery, just sayin’) and it is going to be good. Regan was successful despite a few close calls with city planning thanks to some serious due diligence, something we admire greatly. And now for the tanks.


    The tanks at Local Brewing

    A brewery is born!

    The Treasury is forthcoming at 115 Sansome , a stylish bar for those of us who frequent FiDi.  This one coming from Range & The Third Rail owner Phil West, Arnold Wong, chef and restaurateur, Steve Werney of dream home builders Teutonic Construction and bartender extraordinaire Carlos Yturria.  Suffice to say, highly anticipated on many levels.


    Just a sampling of the amazing concepts in the works. We are honored that we can assist these visionaries through the work we do.

    Drop us a line if you have something to build; we want to help.
    Here’s to a superb spring.

    – ABC License Company

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