Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City Center

Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center
Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center

DINING

www.maxsoakland.com

Max’s Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center community and has been recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine, excellent service and the best Happy Hour deals in the area!
Join us for Happy Hour daily 3-6 PM! We show all the games on our big screens at the bar

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Part of Bay Area local New York-style deli chain with mile-high sandwiches, old-school feel & upbeat atmosphere.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Customers love our big portions and famous recipes of sandwiches, salad, and desserts.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
It has so much history behind it and it’s so fast developing nowadays! People keep up with their roots and love to celebrate life with great music and food, as we offer!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Homeroom with their mac and cheese

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The Mystery Gnomes.

The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland

Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland

ARTS & CULTURE

www.oaklandoctopus.org

The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space with delicious homemade salads and sandwiches, superb espresso drinks, uplifting house sodas, draft beer and wine. We support local musicians, writers, and performers of all kinds by offering open, nightly local bookings. We are an excellent space to rent for private parties too.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We wanted the combination: café/bookstore/intimate performance space– because there wasn’t one.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We genuinely and uniquely support creative expression in Oakland.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Plum Bar, Era Art Bar & Lounge , Vamp Records, Starline Social Club.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The people!

NomNom

DINING

www.nomnom.menu

NomNom is an online community designed to help you discover handcrafted meals from local startup food-makers. Not every aspiring chef has the resources to open their own physical restaurant. Our mission is to help talented food-makers share their passion for cooking with the people around them. All of our meals are made with love by aspiring chefs at certified commercial kitchens.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
The inspiration behind NomNom came from my personal experience. My parents were immigrants from China and are passionate and talented chefs. However, they never had the capital or resources to open their own restaurant. In order to support the family, they both had to work as line-cooks and had no flexibility or creativity in their job. We want to help talented chefs everywhere share their passion through selling authentic, culturally inspired dishes with the people around them

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Our customers love supporting local food-makers!

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The best thing about doing business in Oakland is the supportive community. We love the vibe, people, and culture in Oakland.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
I absolutely admire these local businesses: Kitchener Oakland, Oaklandish, The Town Kitchen, The Tamale Ladies, The Taco Trucks, and Hack the Hood.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The culture, diversity, pride, and community!

Red Bay Coffee Grand Opening

DINING

www.redbaycoffee.com

Red Bay Coffee is a wholesale specialty coffee roasting company based in Oakland, California. Our team is building a global community through our commitment to producing high quality, organic, sustainable, and fair trade coffees. Every day we strive to roast excellent coffee, provide outstanding service, and implement a social mission committed to inclusion and diversity.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Every day we strive to develop beautiful coffees, fair relations, and delicious approaches to living. We focus on creating opportunities within the community at large while fostering single origin, fair trade, direct trade, organic and sustainable coffees.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We serve Beautiful Coffee to the People.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
At Red Bay, we’re building a community where our employees and customers are reflective of the global coffee culture and the City of Oakland. We come from all walks of life—food heads, artists, community folk, and innovators.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Kosa Arts
Mamacita’s Cafe
Impact Hub Oakland
Donut Savant
Beauty’s Bagel Shop
Kingston 11
Two Jacks Denim

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The Lake, the Hills, and walking trails and the diversity of the people.

James and the Giant Cupcake

DINING

www.jamesandthegiantcupcake.com
We offer gourmet cupcakes (minis, full size, and giant), baby cakes, and cakes for walk-in or custom order. We change our flavors every day and offer at least 2 gluten free/vegan options daily. We are Oakland’s Favorite Cupcakes!

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Eurydice Manning, the founder of JATGC, wanted to open a small business in her native Oakland, for many years. After a trip to NYC and an (accidental) visit to Magnolia Cupcakes, she realized she could combine her love of baking with her desire to live and work in Oakland to create a company that everyone can be passionate about!

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Moist, delicious cupcakes you can count on with excellent customer service and some home-town love.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The community! We love that we live and work in this amazingly diverse city. We want to create little moments of happiness for our friends and neighbors, in the form of a sweet, moist, delicious cupcake!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Oakstop, Oaklandish, Impact Hub, Champion Sound Records, Modern Coffee, Stags Lunchette, Proyecto Diaz Coffee, Rock the Bike, Creative Growth, … there are just so many to choose from!

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Diversity

ITANI RAMEN

DINING

www.itaniramen.com
Uptown Oakland is getting a taste of ramen as Itani Ramen, owned by Kyle Itani, officially opened its doors on May 2 at 1736 Telegraph Avenue. Kyle, who also owns Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar in Oakland, has collaborated with Executive Chef Brian Ikenoyama, to offer an exciting, seasonal menu that highlights ramen from different regions of Japan, all in a space designed with a modern mix of Japanese functional simplicity and Oakland aesthetics. The restaurant will be a hybrid of counter service and tableside ordering, offering a casual and convivial dining experience.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
“My vision with opening Itani Ramen is to provide guests delicious, affordable ramen and an educational experience, inspired by my travels through Japan, as well as trips that I’ll continue to take over the coming years. The city and our neighbors have already been so welcoming to my food and we are looking forward to bringing ramen to locals and visitors alike.” – Kyle Itani

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Itani Ramen is going to be an exciting addition to the lively Uptown neighborhood, while offering a new concept to the Oakland dining scene.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
The people! Oakland is where Kyle lives, and it’s where he opened his first restaurant, Hopscotch. We love Oakland and are thrilled to be part of the revitalization of Uptown Oakland.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We are a local business 🙂

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Oakland is home, no better reason.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
Come hungry and thirsty! Itani Ramen offers ramen, gyoza, sake, shochu and more.

Downtown Wine Merchants

DINING

downtownwinemerchants.com
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Number of years in Oakland: 1

We are a Wine Bar & Retail Shop specializing in European & Domestic small producers, practicing as natural and hands off wine making as possible. Our menu is inspired by what the farmers around us are growing and what we can make from that. Our food is served all day featuring house made, organic & humanely raised food.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
A 20 year old passion for small production wine and local food.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Our guests love the comfortable space, the amazing food, our knowledge of wine and the warm service.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The best, most easy going, unpretentious clientele in the entire Bay Area, including wine country!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Cross Burger, Oaklandish, Betti Ono Gallery. Longitude

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The people of Oakland

Farley’s East

Farley's East

DINING

www.farleyscoffee.com

Farley’s East serves the best quality coffee and tea because it’s the only way to treat our neighbors! Our baristas take great pride in welcoming you with a cup of that special something you crave – we want you to feel like you belong here. We proudly serve De La Paz Coffee, who roast exclusive, seasonal house coffee and espresso blends for us. Based in San Francisco, De La Paz puts an emphasis on transparent sourcing methods and paying honest prices for the best coffee beans, which they hand-roast in small batches. Our tea is provided by another San Francisco company, Five Mountains Tea. Specializing in heirloom organic cultivars, their tea is sustainably harvested from gardens of their native origin. The people that live and work in our community are and always will be our priority – and giving you the best coffee and tea is the only way to treat you right. So come on in and get yourself a little community in a cup!

While Farley’s East’s roots are in coffee, our food can stand alone and is what makes the Farley’s experience just that much more special. All of our food is made from scratch or sourced from local purveyors who share the same food values as we do: simple, sustainable, inspired and never pretentious.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Through its doors and outside on the parklet (Oakland’s first) you will find a pulsing coffeehouse deeply supported by its community. Farley’s East humbly serves its cadre of proud Oaklanders seven days a week and is committed to making Oakland a better place to live and work.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Farley’s East is a neighborhood oriented cafe offering a personal touch to every customer experience.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Oakland is centered around the lively Bay Area and is the heart of its community. To be a part of this and support this widely diverse and exciting city and the ever progressing food culture developing in it is a true privilege.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
The Hub, Oaklandish, Bay Area Bikes, Owl N Wood, Oaktown Blooms, Creative Growth, Fairyland.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Great Coffee and Parklets!

Spice Monkey

Spice Monkey

DINING

www.spicemonkeyrestaurant.com

Spice Monkey Restaurant offers a community space for their neighbors and friends.  They proudly serve globally inspired comfort food for lunch, happy hour and dinner. They also host cultural events such as Stand-Up comedy, poetry readings, live music, and Improv comedy.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?

I started Spice Monkey because I love Oakland and I love bringing together my friends and family around healthy, happy food. Our customers love Spice Monkey because it’s not just a place to eat, it’s home and it’s family.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The neighborhood is the best! We love our fellow dining and cultural business owners on the block and providing a beautiful neighborhood for all to visit. We love our dear friends at Regina’s Door, Regina is always doing amazing things for the community. We also have great neighbors in Athens Gallery, Stag’s Lunchette, Coloso Coffee, Big G Burger and King Kog. We have so many awesome neighbors and fellow business owners it’s hard to pick just a few!

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
I love that art and culture is all around us – from street art to local galleries, we are surrounded by beauty and inspiration here in Oakland. It is such a wonderful thing!

The Punchdown Wine Bar and Bottle Shop

Punchdown Oakland

DINING

www.punchdownwine.com

We are a natural wine bar and kitchen with a temperature controlled retail wine shop. We do private events and have an amazing natural wine club with benefits. Happy hour everyday 12pm – 6pm with $5 glasses of wine.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We were open for 3 years in the neighborhood (2010-2013). After we lost the old space we decided to relocate our wine bar. We did a lot of the design and work ourselves (of course, only possible with a little help from our friends.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We do our own thing and refuse to compromise with our wine selection. I mean, how many wine bars can you find Johnny Cash paired with your Pineau D’Aunis?!

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people here are rad – they are so open-minded to our different wines and style of doing business.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
All of the grassroots businesses that are not only inspirational to us, but make us proud to be a part of Oakland. After living here for many years, our list just keeps getting longer of places we are excited to check out.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
We love nature, so Lake Merritt and all of the parks/hikes in the hills. Oaktown has the most amazing people and businesses – making us one of the most diverse and coolest cities in the world. We are stoked to contribute to the vibrant hub that is Oakland.