In September Keba Konte’s latest venture, Red Bay Coffee, will open its first brick and mortar location at The Hive. The downtown Oakland coffee bar marks the extension of Konte’s Fruitvale home roastery. It also marks the beginning of a broader vision: a profit-sharing coffeehouse.
Drake’s Dealership will open this month as part of the Hive Oakland complex on Broadway’s Auto Row, and it will feature wood-fired pizza, 32 beers on tap and a “brewery store” with a growler station in addition to an open-air beer garden.
Uptown Oakland’s First Fridays are a venerable tradition that stretches all the way back to…sometime earlier in this millennium. But its fortunes have risen right along with Oakland’s, and August’s iteration looks to be a particularly good one now that the Hive is throwing a block party. Drake’s Brewery, People’s Barber Shop, and the not-yet-open-but-almost Calavera are teaming up with Alphabet Soup to keep you well-fed, grooving, and possibly a little more gorgeous than when you stepped out of the house.
The Hive is debuting some of the soon-to-open members of its community at this month’s First Friday celebration. They’re hosting a block party featuring food from Calavera, beer and pizzas from Drake’s Dealership and late night haircuts and shaves from People’s Barber (because getting a haircut after drinking is always a good idea).
The enormous temple of beer is located in The Hive, Oakland’s burgeoning mixed-use development, at 23rd and Broadway, that also houses shops for Firebrand Artisan Breads, Numi Organic Tea, and the Mexican restaurant Calavera (coming soon).