With the recently rehabilitated City Storage building (Again, the most beautiful storage facility we have ever seen), the openings of Commonwealth Micropub and Scarlet City Espresso, Adeline Street is slowly coming to life. The most recent offerings, over a year in the making, are Baseline Produce and Basic Cafe by husband/wife proprietors Cara & George LaFrance of the LaFrance Restaurant Management Group. Located in the retail area of the Bakery Lofts, Baseline Produce and Basic Cafe offer a previously unprovided service: a neighborhood market and a cafe to find fresh, local ingredients and food. “We want this to be fun for the community. We want this to be their store.” noted George through a recent interview.
In addition to having an operations background, George is also a culinary-trained Chef and describes himself as a bit of a “Jack of all trades”. Cara’s background is more on the Public Relations/Social Media end of the spectrum. Together they make a pretty formidable business tandem that should help their businesses thrive in a tough climate to open a new food establishment. One of the unique challenges is the fact that Baseline is in Oakland and Basic is in Emeryville, so balancing the potentially drastically different wage scales of the adjacent businesses won’t be easy.
With an emphasis on supporting local farmers and sourcing high quality ingredients, Baseline Produce will have an assortment of fresh, organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables:
And various local dry goods (including Scarlet City Espresso beans!):
George and Cara are open to feedback from the community in terms of what to carry: “We want to keep our lines with the community open because they know what they like and we want to be here for them.” Basic Cafe will be drawing from the locally sourced ingredients from Baseline Produce to serve breakfast and lunch until 4pm and will include seating for about fifty people. The menu will be seasonal and is described as standard American cuisine.
Specialty items that they are teasing in a draft of their menu below include Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes, An item called “Ode’s mix” (which is a flatiron steak, poached eggs, red wine & hollandaise sauce … mmmm!) and various soup & sandwich combo’s. Basic will also serve gourmet coffee & espresso drinks.
Additional amenities include:
- Dog-friendly patio
- Breakfast (served all day) & lunch (evaluating Dinner feasibility)
- A selection of Craft Beers, Wine & Mimosa’s
Baseline Produce is already open and a launch date for Basic Cafe has been set to April 17th. Check out their Facebook page for any changes on the opening, additional details on hours of operation and register on their in-works website to receive a complimentary treat or drink with your first meal.
5220 Adeline Street (Oakland)
Hours: Tues.-Sun: 10am – 7pm
5000 Adeline Street (Emeryville)
Basic Cafe Breakfast Menu:
SEASONAL FRUIT- YOGURT PARFAIT Honey-Granola with Toasted Nuts and Dried Fruit
STEEL CUT IRISH OATMEAL Fresh fruits, Brown Sugar
HOUSE-SMOKED SALMON Bagel, Gouda Cheese, Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes and shaved Red Onions
THE LOFT BREAKFAST Ruby Red Organic Grapefruit, House made Granola, Fruit Yogurt, Pastries, or Toast with marmalade preserves
BELGIAN WAFFLES Seasonal Fruit with Grade A Maple Syrup
BUTTERMILK PANCAKES Basic Accompaniments
CHALLAH FRENCH TOAST Sweet spices with Whipped Cream and Shaved Almonds
EGGS, EGGS, EGGS…
TWO EGGS Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon or Chicken Apple Sausage, Crispy Fingerlings Potatoes, and Toast
BUILD IT YOURSELF OMELET Sweet Onions, Cremini Mushrooms, Roasted peppers, Tomatoes, Avocado, Ham, Tri-Tip, Smoked Gouda, Goat Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Crispy Fingerling Potato
THE LOFT OMELET EGG Whites, Spinach and Garlic, Cremini Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Crispy Tri-color Fingerling Potatoes
CLASSIC BENEDICT Ham, English muffin, Hollandaise, and Potatoes
HUEVOS RANCHEROS Two Fried Eggs, Salsa, Black Beans, Guacamole, Cheddar and Gouda Cheese on a fried Corn tortilla
EGGWICH Toasted Torta roll, green onions, apple-wood bacon, Gouda cheese
STEAK & EGGS 8oz Cut of Ribeye, Roasted Peppers, Sweet onions, Hash browns, and house made
Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon
Chicken Apple Sausage
Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes
Bagel & Toast
Muffin, Croissant, Danish
Steel Cut Oats