Fans of the popular Afro-Caribbean restaurant in the Old Oakland community, At Miss Ollie’s, will be happy to know that they will once again be able to get their hands on some of the restaurant’s most beloved dishes. Miss Ollie’s at 901 Washington Street closed at the end of March after 10 years in business and garnered much fanfare in its final days. However, chef-owner Sarah Kirnon now says she’s preparing to open a new take-out restaurant somewhere in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.
KQED, which previously reported on The closure of Miss Ollie, now reports that “From June, the new take-out outlet will serve a short, rotating menu of Miss Ollie’s favorites to take away. The menu will be simple and concise, just a dish of the day plus one or two additional must-haves. Kirnon told KQED this week“What we’ve been doing for the past 10 years is the best dishes that have worked for us, and we’re going to showcase them on a daily basis.”
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Kirnon hasn’t announced the exact location of the takeout window, but she says it will be inside a commissary kitchen. She also says the new location won’t have Miss Ollie’s name attached – but the new name is still TBA. There will be no indoor seating, but she plans to set up tables outside the order area on weekends only. Expect to see some of Miss Ollie’s most popular dishes like fried chicken, jerk chicken, oxtails, salt cod and Kirnon’s gumbo as part of the various daily offerings that will be served from 11 a.m. until until the food runs out.
Miss Ollie’s was known for its community driven vibes and that will always be celebrated. Kirnon plans to host unique in-person culinary events once a month in the new Uptown location. KQED reports that “Kirnon will put together a tasting menu of, as she puts it, all the weird Caribbean food she’s ever been able to offer on a regular basis, dishes like sea urchin and porridge. Dungeness crab she was serving when Miss Ollie’s first opened.
On top of that, Kirnon also plans to open a separate cafe-style establishment in downtown Oakland months after opening the take-out window. She’s also tight-lipped about the name and location of this place, but says it will focus on her popular West Indian galettes, Creole beignets and other sweet baked goods. There will also be Haitian coffee as well as an assortment of other Caribbean beverages. Stay tuned Miss Ollie’s Instagram Page for updates on the locations of the two new businesses as well as timelines for opening dates.