Copper Spoon is now open in Oakland serving contemporary California cuisine that perfectly complements a robust full bar program. The kitchen at this new dining and drinking spot, formerly home to Art’s Crab Shak, is headed up by Executive Chef Andre Hall who has teamed up with co-owners Vita Simone and Carmen Anderson.
The debut dinner menu includes Sassy’s Original Hand Rolls with salmon, wasabi aioli and daikon sprouts; Breads & Spreads with purple sweet potato, eggplant harissa and tomato bacon; Seared Day Boat Scallops with squash, grilled wild mushrooms, vadouvan corn and chimichurri; Poached Black Bass with koji cured vegetables, fried potatoes and oyster broth; a Lamb Merguez Burger with Tracey’s spice rub, Carmen kraut and Vita tzatziki on a brioche bun; Carrot Cake with ginger icing; and Yaya Mousse with cardamom, olive oil and smoked salt.
Chef Hall, a California native, began his culinary career at San Diego’s La Jolla at Roppongi and George’s on the Cove. After then running a Persian fusion restaurant followed by a stint at Cuts in Beverly Hills, Andre moved to San Francisco and worked at high profile venues including Acme Chophouse, Bar Tartine, Fifth Floor and Alexander’s Steakhouse (with Chef Marc Zimmerman).
Front of the house responsibilities are overseen by Vita Simone and Carmen Anderson who most recently operated the Sassafras Seagrass food truck. Simone, a bartender of note for over 12 years with more than two decades of restaurant experience in total (domestically and internationally), has worked with such industry luminaries such as Brian Felley of Benjamin Cooper, Alexis Filipello of Dogwood and Jon Santar of Prizefighter, plus has participated in and been awarded titles at multiple competitions. Carmen, with degrees in physics and astrophysics from UC Berkeley, has applied her talent for analyzing complex situations to produce measurable results to the restaurant industry starting at age sixteen and has also done some organic farming in Mexico.
The restaurant’s beverage program, managed by Ms. Simone, offers an intriguing selection of classic, contemporary and original cocktails including a number of mezcal-based libations such as the Simmer Down (El Silencio mezcal, dry vermouth, Guanabana liqueur, lemon) and Don’t Mind If I Do… (Vida mezcal, passion fruit, lime, Santo Domingo float). Happy Hour affords customers the chance to enjoy specially priced drinks Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with $5.00 draft IPA, pilsner, house wine and well spirits. Copper Spoon will soon have live musical entertainment and occasional weekend DJs.
The comfortable 80-seat (including the bar) dining room has been designed by the owners working with Daniel Hughes and architect Andre King. Highlights include a copper and blue color scheme, interior I beams and redwood pillars, high ceilings, substantial natural light from oversized front windows, a stained concrete floor, modern chandeliers, suspended spot and wall sconce lighting, wood topped tables with banquette seating, a eucalyptus topped bar with an LED resin river, antique furniture accent pieces, a shibori pattern hand painted wall mural and works by local artists Joshua Mays and Gale Dickinson who was the first graphic artist for the Black Panthers.
Copper Spoon is located at 4031 Broadway, between 40th and 41st Streets, in Oakland, California. Street parking is often an option. The restaurant is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., with Wednesdays reserved for cocktail service only. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.com. The web address is copperspoonoakland.com and the telephone number is (510) 897-7061.