In this 2018 photo, community members come together to support Hasta Muerte, an Oakland café that has taken a principled and cohesive stance against systemic oppression. Credit: Hasta Muerte / Facebook

Nosh 2021 in review
· East Bay’s most trusted bar and restaurant destinations
· East Bay’s Best Dining Experiences
· The best alfresco dining in East Bay
· East Bay’s saddest restaurant closings in 2021

At the end of each year, East Bay Nosh interviews Cityside’s newsroom staff as well as its regular editors and columnists. The objective: to bring you an overview of the gastronomic and gastronomic scene of the region thanks to our diverse group of contributors. Please check back daily until the end of the year for answers to the 2021 Meal Question Pack – and if you like, add your own answers in the comments at the bottom of this article.

Today, we asked our respondents: What is your greatest hope for the bars and restaurants of East Bay in 2022?

I have really enjoyed the creative outdoor catering solutions that I have seen over the past year and a half, but I have also witnessed fierce competition when private companies run into a right of way. public. When a restaurant and a homeless settlement clash over a sidewalk and pedestrians enter traffic to get around. When another restaurant bypasses a bike path in a way that puts diners, waiters and cyclists at risk of collision.

Having said that, what I’m about to say will sound strange. I would like to see more alfresco dining on the streets. Not along them, but actually in them. Many streets have been widened to accommodate streetcars – Shattuck, Adeline, San Pablo, Sacramento, Telegraph, Broadway. But when the streetcars were phased out, the extra side lanes were reserved for cars, in cars, or parked. I would like to see a discussion on whether in pedestrian-rich areas, such as Temescal and downtown Berkeley, the number of active traffic lanes and parking spaces could be reduced and asphalt reserved. to restaurants to operate additional restaurants.

To give an example, I was very impressed with the outdoor seating Saul’s installed and I think it could serve as a good model for Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, between Durant and Hearst, or along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal between 43rd and 51st streets. This exact solution may not be possible everywhere (there is no bike path, for example, for Saul’s to negotiate), but it is a good start to thinking about changes that might benefit a little one. local business while making a neighborhood a place where customers want to stay and explore, rather than a passage and exit space for drivers. The worst that can happen is that drivers have to park a block away. Cirrus wood, Nosh contributor and freelance photographer

There are clear hopes that apply beyond the restaurant industry – that people will stay secure and financially viable as the pandemic continues, that humans hold back their most vicious and legitimate impulses. when looking for a service, a general improvement of all things of humanity like that. I also hope that bars and restaurants will remember the promises they made in 2020 and 2021 regarding commitments to social justice, diversity and opposing racism and harassment and to gender-based misconduct, and I hope they keep their promises.

I hope diners vote with their money and avoid places that have stolen wages and / or have a history of ownership and management of bigotry and bias. And I hope other places like Hasta Muerte, a Oakland Cafe who has took a firm stand at oppose historical and systemic systems of oppression, will open up and prosper.

Finally, I wish we could find a way to safely return to reusable coffee mugs at every place that serves coffee to go. I hate paper coffee mugs (trash, drips, business expenses) and I have so many cool insulated containers languishing on my shelves. Eve batey, editor of East Bay Nosh

This is my greatest hope for everyone – that we stay healthy and afloat, that we keep our wits and our sense of humor, and that we can truly enjoy the fruits of all these dreams. Two years is a long time to struggle and worry. We should all appreciate the food and hospitality that our local restaurants and bars offer. Joanna della penna, Columnist openings / closings of Nosh

I just hope all my favorite spots survive until 2022, and even thrive. Hope people tip generously (like I do), so restaurants can attract and keep staff. I loved going out back in the days before and hope we can dine out at the restaurant again in the future without feeling like we’re taking a fatal risk. I also look forward to the day when we can give an order to a live server (rather than our cellphones), and substitutions will be allowed again. And oh, yes, I can’t wait to eat inside, especially when it’s cold! Daphne Blanche, contributor to Berkeleyside and Nosh

My greatest hope is that everyone involved – restaurant and bar owners, managers, staff, guests, vendors – that we all remember each other’s humanity and that this motivates our interactions with each other – not only our thirst for good food and good drink. – Shirley Huey, Nosh collaborator

We are able to return to safer dining experiences. Lance Knobel, CEO and Co-Founder, Cityside

I know everyone loves a good pastry, but my hope in 2022 is to have healthier, fun and creative quick and casual breakfasts like Fava. We do very well for dinner, cook lunch properly too. Flore Tsapovsky, Nosh contributor and cultural writer

I hope our restaurant and bar scene will fully recover from the nightmare of the past almost two years. I also hope that local municipal ordinances will allow them to develop better outdoor spaces that do not take up parking or sidewalk space, which greatly affects disabled people. Azucena Rasilla, Reporter: Arts & Community, The Oaklandside

I can’t wait for the community to dine there and step out of our local favorites in more comfort over the coming year! Crossed fingers!! Colleen Leary, Vice-President, Client Partnerships, Cityside

We are spoiled here; we have so much great food, restaurants and bars to choose from. One of my hopes is to see the elimination of all plastic take-out containers.

I also think now restaurants are competing with some really good home cooks who may have gotten more picky (speaking for myself) since the pandemic. On the other hand, it is a very difficult business. It is more difficult to hire and keep employees; high rent, overheads, rising prices for materials and food; and just the overall workload to keep everyone competitive. So on the one hand we have customers with high expectations, and on the other hand we have exhausted workers and owners. The pandemic has taken an emotional, financial and mental toll on this industry.

I would love to see more discussion of how this is a sustainable industry, in all respects, from an environmental perspective, to the care of workers and owners. Many of our restaurants here are owned by local individuals and families. They also need to be able to rest, spend time with loved ones and lead a balanced life. At the same time, see the power dynamics change where workers can have more power now, in theory, due to supply and demand; it’s exciting because the restaurant industry is exhausting and has had many problems for decades. Only time will tell if this will change the industry. Momo chang, Nosh contributor and Oakland-based freelance writer

Hope they can find – and pay! – more staff so that they can offer the kind of service we knew and appreciated in the days before. Risa Nye, contributor and memorialist of Nosh

In the words of Issa Rae “I support everyone black.” I love the rebirth of black owned businesses and restaurants that I see. Hopefully, we can continue to expand the palette and support small pop-ups when we see them. Brandy collins, contributor to Berkeleyside, Nosh and The Oaklandside

Since it looks like COVID isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, I hope they can get away with it. Restaurants are a vital part of a city. I also hope they can learn how to deal with clients whose expectations are so high, as well as with people who don’t like the mask or vaccination rules (but how do you learn to deal with difficult people? ? t know). Alix wall, Nosh contributor and Oakland-based freelance writer

May the old restaurants continue to exist for years to come, and the new establishments opened by the natives of Oakland will create their own lasting legacy. Ricky rodas, Reporter: Immigrant Small Business, The Oaklandside