Chris Pastena

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Five Oakland Openings to Anticipate

    Oakland is poised to have an incredible year of launching new restaurants. What's particularly exciting is that many of these forthcoming ventures that have come across our radar share an ethos of local sourcing -- and, in most cases, hyper-local sourcing. 2013 will be pivotal in reinforcing an idea ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Coda's Owner Explains Tequila Pricing Structure

    Price Varies: the Margarita‚ÄčAfter I wrote about the opening of new SF jazz club Coda , I got a call from owner Chris Pastena to clarify a few things. First off, Pastena was perturbed that I bitched about paying $14 for a Cazadores margarita, about twice what I was expecting. "We don't even carry C ... More >>

  • Music

    July 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    New Live Music Club to Open in the Mission

    While there still isn't a Mission replacement for local and touring acts on the scale of 12 Galaxies, the neighborhood is gearing up for the opening of a new live music venue this fall. On August 1, CODA Live  is slated to show the public what's become of the old Levende Lounge (1710 Mission St ... More >>

  • Music

    June 5, 2002

    Permit problems

    License to drive you crazy

  • Dining

    January 9, 2002

    Bringing Back Bongo Bongo

    Trader Vic's comes to Palo Alto

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