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It’s been a long time since we wrote one of these, and when we say it’s been a long time, we mean it’s been a lonnnnnnng time! About 7 months! Geez. The day-to-day of running a restaurant got in the way of regular writing; we really hope to get better, and start bringing you regular posts. And that’s a promise that we really think we can keep!

Having said that, we come to you today with some very exciting news: after 8 months of business that includes tons of ups, several downs, and a whole lot in between, we were nominated in 6 categories for the East Bay Express’ annual and highly regarded “Best of The East Bay” competition! Check this out:

Best New Restaurant

  • Copper Spoon
  • Delegates
  • Dyafa
  • Juanita & Maude
  • Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom

Best South/Central American Restaurant

  • Cholita Linda
  • El Mono
  • Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom
  • Platano

Best Beer Bar/Taproom

  • Beer Revolution
  • The Good Hop
  • Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom
  • The Trappist

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

  • Cactus Taqueria
  • CommonWealth Cafe & Public House
  • Fenton’s Creamery
  • Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom
  • Picante

Best Happy Hour

  • La Marcha Tapas Bar
  • Luka’s Taproom
  • Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom
  • Runway Spirits
  • Starline Social Club

Most Dog-Friendly Restaurant

  • Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack
  • Drake’s Dealership
  • Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom
  • Telegraph

And while we are a bit blown away by the sheer scope of all of this, what is so humbling are the long running, highly respected, successful restaurants and bars who we appear next to in these respective categories. These are places that we admire, look up to, and took ideas from as we built Paulista. To share space on these lists with them is very exciting, indeed. And equally as humbling is that our customers seem to, in increasing numbers, “get” what we are attempting to do at Paulista. Since the day we opened we have worked to build a gathering place for the community; a place where people can come together at all hours of the day and night for great food, a great beer, a game, a conversation, a laugh, a day with family, or an evening with friends. Obviously, this vision for Paulista would be nothing without you, our customers, buying in and supporting us. And for that, we are beyond grateful.

So, if you have the time and the inclination, please cast your vote for us in the categories where you think we deserve to win. To do so, go to the The East Bay Express Best of The East Bay 2018 contest page.

Thanks again to all of you for your support!

– Jesse, Alex, and the Paulista Team


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