I hope this succeeds. It's such an iconic building in downtown Oakland and the area has had some really tough economic troubles during the last few tumultuous years:
Chris Pastena of ChopBar, who is also working on converting Miss Pearl's Jam House at Jack London Square into a northern Italian restaurant, is simultaneously working on Tribune Tavern, in the old Oakland Tribune building downtown. It will be a tavern and bar concept that he's hoping to open by March 2013. He hopes to make announcements on chefs at both new restaurants shortly.