After a brief hiatus, chef Tanya Holland's beloved brunch spot Brown Sugar Kitchen has just opened in a new, larger space on Broadway in Oakland on Wednesday.
After closing her West Oakland restaurant last fall, just months after gaining national notoriety on Season 15 of Top Chef, Holland returns to form this week. Brown Sugar Kitchen takes over a portion of the space that used to belong to Pican and Ozumo at 2295 Broadway in Oakland, as Eater reports.
SFist learned back in 2017, at the time of Pican's closure, that the building owners were looking to carve up the two enormous restaurant spaces into four, and that Brown Sugar Kitchen was set to take one of the spaces.
The resulting restaurant is 4,000 square feet and has 85 seats, and is notably larger than the former West Oakland digs.
The menu hasn't changed much — Holland is sticking to her former staples of fried chicken and waffles, gumbo, and shrimp and grits. As she told the Chronicle back in 2017, around the announcement her counter-service location at SF's Ferry Building (which just finally opened last week), "My goal has been the same. I want to be the Shake Shack of soul food."
And, as at the former location, no dinner is being served. It's a breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot only, with hours from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Next up: Holland will be opening a Brown Sugar Kitchen outpost at Oakland Airport.