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Southern Café offers a “Taste of the South,” celebrates Grand Opening with ribbon cutting, Friday; now open for lunch and dinnerSaturday, January 30th, 2016
By Allen Payton
Owners of Southern Café restaurant held the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting of their second location, in downtown Antioch, Friday, where the former Bases Loaded was located at 400 G Street.
Offering a Taste of the South, they invited community leaders and friends to sample and rate their food, during a VIP event on Saturday, January 9th, then held a special pre-opening party for friends and family on Saturday, January 16th, and a “soft opening” on Wednesday, January 20th, just serving dinner. They are now open for both lunch and dinner.
“We want to thank you all for being here, tonight and to the Chamber of Commerce. Because we do know without you this would not be possible,” said General Manager Leonard Collins at the VIP event.
He then introduced his partners.
“We’re known as the Core Four,” Collins said. “We really want to make a difference in the community. The finance lady Atallah (Hill). The lady with the high standards, Courtney Bell and the man of the hour Mr. (Phillip) Bell.”
“This has been a nice little journey,” Phillip Bell shared. “We started off I’m going to say in August. We were looking for another place to expand out of our location in Oakland.
I gotta give a shout-out to Jack (Monroe of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce).
This was the very first person when I met when I was peaking in the window. He pulled over and he’s been very helpful.
Their other location is at 2000 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland.
“We’ve had a lot of people coming in saying ‘we need something out in Antioch,’” Bell continued. “We didn’t do a lot of things we have on our menu in Oakland.”
Their food includes southern fried and baked chicken, as well as wings, turkey meatloaf and wings, short ribs, oxtails, beef meatloaf, breaded pork chops, chitterlings, seafood, including catfish, red snapper, prawns and blackened salmon, fried oysters, as well as salads, collard greens, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, red beans, rice, black eyed peas and yams.
Southern Cafe also offers desserts including sweet potato pie, peach cobbler and banana pudding.
During the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, attended by all five council members and representatives of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, a few speeches and expressions of gratitude were offered.
“We were waiting for and we want to thank you for being here,” said Mayor Wade Harper. “The food is excellent. Thank you for being one of the sponsors of the MLK event.”
“To have our entire city council to come out. Thank you for coming out to support the businesses,” said Dr. Sean Wright, CEO of the Antioch Chamber. “Phillip I’m so impressed with you. Six months ago you started being a part of this community.”
Phillip Bell then introduced the Core Four ownership and management team and offer his appreciation to those who supported their efforts to locate in Antioch.
“I want to thank the city,” Bell said. “From the mayor on down, the council members, Jack (Monroe), Sean. You really welcomed us to Antioch.”
Everyone has been super, super friendly, from the planning staff,” he continued. “Antioch is a business friendly city.”
He then spoke about Collins, who he calls “Petey”.
“I had to coax Petey up here from Southern California,” Bell said “He has been in restaurant management all his life. I want to thank my family. We couldn’t do it without you.”
“We’re all about cooking food and service,” he shared. “It has a rich history in Oakland.”
He spoke of the founder of Southern Café and said “Her daughter, Dee is here.” She is one of the chefs.
“The chefs are responsible for all the good food you’ll be enjoying from now on,” Bell said.
“Also, thank you to Allen Payton for his articles in the Herald,” he added.
Then Collins spoke.
“We took a look at the spot. We took a look around,” he shared. “I’ll probably get a little emotional right now. It’s a dream come true.”
Then he thanked Antioch resident and former downtown business owner, Kym Kelley for welcoming them.
“Kym jumped out of her car and introduced herself,” Collins continued.
“We need to see you at least three times a week,” he told those gathered, with a laugh. “We really do need your support. Facebook. Twitter. We really need everyone to let others know we’re here.”
Southern Café is open Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1-8 p.m. when they feature an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and Live Jazz from 5-8 p.m. Call them at 754-1172 for reservations and visit them online at www.southerncafe2000.com.
Antioch’s newest restaurant, Southern Cafe, in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown, will celebrate their Grand Opening and hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, this Friday, January 29th, 2016 from 12:00pm until 3:00pm.
They will then open for dinner from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm. If you would like to attend the event RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 754-1172, (510) 708-2013 or just stop on by.
Then on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, join them for their first Super Bowl party, starting at 12:00 noon. They have 17 TV’s for your viewing pleasure and two full bars available and a full size kitchen complete with the Bay Area’s best Chefs capable of satisfying hungry football fans.
Weather permitting we also have a large outside patio complete with full bar and sound.
Southern Cafe is located at 400 G Street in the former Bases Loaded restaurant location. For more information on their menu, please visit their Facebook page by clicking here, visit their website at www.southerncafe2000.com and see their article in the February issue of the Antioch Herald.
By Allen Payton
After three years of dormancy, the building that used to house Humphrey’s on the Delta Restaurant at the Antioch Marina, may have a new tenant.
On an agenda filled with 14 items at Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Council will consider a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a lease with Everett & Jones Barbeque. Staff is recommending the Council approve the LOI.
According to the staff report, “Everett and Jones is a regionally well known restaurant brand, with four east bay locations…two in Oakland, one in Berkeley and one in Hayward. They also sell barbeque sauces that are carried in a number of supermarkets.”
Their other locations feature banquets, catering, live music and of course the food, including smoked chicken and pork ribs, beef brisket, homemade links, and their own Saucey Sistah Ale. Owned by Dorothy Everett and Jordan Jernigan, Everett started the restaurant chain in 1973 with her eight daughters, one son and a son-in-law, who is the one with the last name Jones.
If approved and once the LOI is signed, city staff will draft a lease and negotiate with the owners. The negotiated lease will then be brought back to Council for approval.
A contractor working with the owners estimated a cost of between $400,000 to $500,000 in improvements in order to prepare the building to reopen as a restaurant.
For more information on Everett and Jones Barbeque visit their website at www.eandjbbq.com. To see the full staff report on the Council meeting agenda item, #5, click here. Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 3rd and “H” Streets in downtown Antioch and begin at 7:00 p.m. They can be viewed on Comcast Cable Local Access Channel 24 or on the city’s website via live stream at http://ci.antioch.ca.us/CityGov/citycouncilmeetings.htm.
By Allen Payton
If you’re looking for a new and unique place to go for a meal, watch some sports all in a light, cheery setting, then Hurricane Grill & Wings is the place to go.
The first of its kind on the West Coast, the restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious menu items and an atmosphere that makes you feel you’re hanging out in a beach shack on an island in the Caribbean.
“This restaurant is something different,” said Kitchen Manager Jorge Mazariegos. “It’s like bringing the flavor of the Caribbean to Antioch and California.”
It’s owned by twin brothers David and Jack Nguyen, who’ve been in the restaurant business owning Denny’s for the past seven years, and their partner Paul Dhaliwal, who’s been in the industry far longer.
“We came to Antioch, because it’s a growing city and we love the family feel of the community,” David said. “We’re a family dining restaurant, first and sports bar, second.”
“We offer 37 rubs and flavors for wings and anything else we have on the menu,” said Paul. “We’re more than wings.”
On their menu you’ll discover that’s a fact. There you’ll see fish such as mahi, tilapia and salmon, a Philly cheesesteak, a build-a-burger with choices of toppings, plus soups and salads, tacos, sliders and desserts, too.
Austin Palmer, Corporate Trainer for new restaurants said their slogans are “Fresh and flavorful options” and “Live with flavor.” He’s right.
You have to try their unique and tasty flavors, such as Raspberry Ice, which includes horseradish, and Maple Pepper, as well as mesquite.
Antioch residents Monica Baumann and Mike Pollard joined me for dinner, there on Saturday, December 26th during a pre-opening.
Monica ordered the Yuengling Beer-Battered fish sandwich and said “It was cooked to perfection and the sweet potato fries are not to be missed. The sea salt caramel cheesecake was amazing.”
Mike had the Hurricane Steak Philly sandwich and the house made kettle chips which were “tasty and crunchy.”
“The portions were hearty and the cheese steak was excellent,” he said. “The chicken salad lettuce wraps were just the right amount of spicy.”
The atmosphere is welcoming, the color scheme is cheery and it’s bright inside. Plus, the service was great with a team approach. We were asked, by four different wait staff if we liked our food or needed anything.
Located in the former Uno’s Chicago Grill at 4827 Lone Tree Way in Antioch, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday beginning at 11 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. They’re open until Midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
For more reservations call (925) 754-1842 and for their menu or more information visit www.hurricanewings.com.