reporting Actual Cafe space to become “Paradise Park Cafe”

Published On April 5, 2017 | By Rob Arias | Food & Drink, In the Neighborhood, News & Commentary, Restaurants

When we conducted a recent interview with former Actual Cafe owner Sal Bednarz last February, he noted optimism in finding a new owner soon. “I’m in contract with a great buyer. Fingers crossed that the process will unfold smoothly.” Well apparently things did unfold smoothly as is reporting that the space will soon be taken over by a San Francisco based restaurant group.

The Park Café Group, who currently own Dolores Park Café (Mission District), Precita Park Café (Bernal Heights) and Duboce Park Café (Duboce Triangle) will be opening “Paradise Park Cafe” at the San Pablo Avenue space. Paradise Park is a somewhat obscure neighborhood nickname for the North Oakland area that most refer to as either “Golden Gate” or “Gaskill”.

Restaurant group partner Rachel Herbert, who lives in the neighborhood, recognized that Actual was an important part of the neighborhood and wanted to bring something good to the area. “I believe that giving back is a part of doing business, and as a small business owner, it’s my responsibility to play an active role in supporting the community,” Rachel says in her bio.

The menu of their current restaurants sound fairly similar to what Actual was offering including breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, juices and smoothies. Ingredients will primarily be organic and they will offer vegan options. The adjacent Victory Burger space will become “Paradise Kitchen Pop-up” and primarily host dinner pop-ups.

They are targeting opening in June.

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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