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Permits, Permits, and More Permits!

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Mock-up of front facade

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet on the Paulista progress towards opening front. That’s because, like many new restaurants experience, getting through city and county permitting took quite a bit longer than we anticipated.

But the good news is that on Monday of this week, we received our demolition and building permits from the City of Oakland! Coupled with the approval of our Health Department submittal by Alameda County a few weeks ago, we are now all set for our build-out to begin!

3D version of Cafe and Taproom

So, beginning in the next couple of weeks, when you walk by you should see quite a bit of activity happening at 4239 Park Blvd. The first major change you will notice is the color of building itself – as promised, we will be lightening things up significantly, and that will start with moving from the current yellowish-brown hue to lighter and more classic colors that you traditionally see on Spanish style buildings. We are really excited about this initial change and think you are going to love it, too!

After that, the construction team will be opening up our dining area by tearing down many of the walls that are currently in place. They will also be building new bars, installing countertops, refinishing floors, and many other things that will turn Paulista into the place we want it to be. Relatively speaking, this is a modest and fairly simple build-out that should only take 30-45 days (fingers crossed, everyone!).

If you’re doing your math, you realize that, yes, we are now behind schedule for a July opening, which is what we hoped for initially. We are now looking at an August or September opening; this is obviously disappointing to us, but as quite a few friends in the industry have told us, “No restaurant in the history of the world has ever opened on time.” We wanted to be the first, but it was not to be.

Thanks to all of you who have continued to express your excitement for Paulista! We’re getting there!!!