Oakland’s The Damel has closed, however empanadas will make a comeback

The Damel, a favourite within the East Bay for Afro-Brazilian delicacies, formally closed its door in downtown Oakland previous this month. However it’s now not the top for outstanding chef Oumar Diouf.

What Now SF used to be the primary to document {that a} new eating place, BigE Burgers, used to be taking up the 1,500-square-foot area at 1312 Broadway, the place Diouf were slinging the dishes of his local Senegal, in addition to Argentinian empanadas, since 2019.

Oumar Diouf, chef-owner of Oakland’s The Damel, focuses on Afro-Brazilian delicacies impressed through his local Senegal and years of running in eating places throughout Brazil and Argentina. (Courtesy of The Damel) 

However phoning in from Dakar, the place he’s recently touring, Diouf instructed The Mercury Information that whilst The Damel location has closed, he’s recently negotiating new rentals in places like Fruitvale and Uptown Oakland to open an area concerned with catering, which is the place his occupation started. In the future, he would possibly be offering a smaller menu, too, most likely concerned with the ones common empanadas, he says.

Diouf blames the affect of COVID, inflation and downtown’s top hire for the closure.

“The owner used to be now not versatile,” says Diouf, who has rented out his Level Richmond location to a catering corporate. “And he knew people would have an interest within the area.”

Down the street, Diouf hopes to wreck into the patron packaged items enviornment, which is the place many eating places, together with Reem’s California and Augie’s Montreal Deli, have won traction. The latter shuttered its Berkeley brick and mortar lately however has been providing its deli sandwiches at San Jose’s SAP Heart since December.

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