E’ville Bites: Bacano Bakery Soft Opening, Panda Express coming, Dogs invited!

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I don’t know if you can have two more polar opposite establishments in one post, but here it goes. One is at the cusp of the Vegan, Gluten-free and grain-alternative lifestyle, the other … well, a hardly authentic spin on “Chinese Food” but generally a decent value. In addition, an update on beloved community member Patrick Feehan and the end of the irregularly enforced ban on dogs in outdoor eating establishments. Foodie-Dog-lovers rejoice!

Bacano Bakery: Soft opening underway, Grand opening coming soon


Bacano Bakery, opening in the spot of the former Café Aquarius, is in midst its “Soft Opening” period with limited store hours. Our dedicated Food Blogger Brenda Ton will be covering this in more detail when we get closer to their October 18th Grand Opening. If you’re curious what former Aquarius owner Patrick Feehan is up to, he’s landed over at Temescal’s The Mixing Bowl where he’s looking to add his baking expertise to their café and catering business.

Meanwhile, our friends at East Bay Express have published a very thorough article of Bacano’s current offerings and future plans:

For the Love of Ancient (and Gluten-Free) Grains

Bacano Bakery, whose breads and pastries are a fixture at a handful of local farmers’ markets, is poised to open a gluten-free brick-and-mortar bakery and cafe in Emeryville, at 1298 65th Street. Once it opens, Bacano will be at least the third dedicated gluten-free retail bakery in the East Bay, joining Temescal stalwart Mariposa Baking Company and the Danville-based Miglet’s.

Read More on East Bay Express →

Soft Opening Period Store Hours:

Thu & Fri: 7am-2pm
Sat. 9am-2pm
Wed – Fri: 7am-2pm
Sat: 9am-2pm

Panda Express: Coming Soon to 40th/San Pablo

Photo Credit: @SarahScooter on Instagram

Last week we announced that Colorado-based Burger Chain Smashburger was coming to the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center near Pak N Save. This week, Panda Express (AKA “Pound of Express” for their generous portions) has quietly planted their flag at 40th & San Pablo (Space of the former Casual Male XL). The sudden surge of eating establishments is clearly in anticipation of the forthcoming Nordstrom Rack slated to open next year.

While I’m personally not a fan of encouraging this model of food preparation and consumption, it’s become the norm at this suburban style strip mall and fighting it at this point appears to be a losing battle.

California Law lifts legal ban on dogs in eating Establishments

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In case you haven’t heard, California suddenly got a bit friendlier toward our four-legged friends. Sutter Brown, a Welsh Corgi who happens to belong to Governor Jerry Brown broke the news through his Twitter Account. The persecution of his people was finally being lifted!:


Dog owner and advocate Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that would legally allow dogs on restaurant decks and patio’s. The norm in more progressive places in Europe, this was often tolerated at many establishments but technically illegal. Assembly Bill No. 1965 goes into effect on January 1st of next year, amending the current Health & Safety Code that currently prohibits this. It’s unclear if E’ville staples like Rudy’s Can’t Fail will adapt to accommodate this on their patio’s.

Read More on SFGate.com →

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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