A new place called Local Cafe is open for business today on Piedmont Ave., in the Il Piemonte building (right next to Adesso). Breakfast and lunch only for now.
Soups and sandwiches and egg dishes, plus lots of locally sourced food items on the menu: Black Jet pastries, Far Leaves teas, Donkey and Goat wines on tap, INNA Jams, Tara's ice cream, etc. Otherwise, the food offerings seem very much in the same vein as Kitchen 388 on Grand Ave. It's a small space, but pleasant.
The coffee is from old-school North Beach roaster Graffeo -- I'm not really familiar with them, except vaguely by reputation. Anyway, I had a cappuccino and thought it wasn't bad. The house-made granola (with almonds and dried blueberries), served with Straus yogurt and local honey, was really, really good. Nice crunch, and sweetened with maple syrup, I believe.
Apparently the chef has worked at Pizzaiolo, Camino and, most recently, Boot & Shoe. I think they plan to start serving dinner later on, maybe in a month or so.
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA
388 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA