Mid-Week Menu: B-Side, Nido, and Moderno Italiano

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Eater brings news that B-Side BBQ (3303 San Pablo Ave.), Tanya Holland’s barbecue joint, will extend its hours starting this Friday, in conjunction with the launch of a brand new cocktail menu featuring Holland’s housemade syrups. The new hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. In October, the restaurant will also feature hapy hour specials from 4 to 6 — $10 for beer or wine and your choice of chicken wings, pork sliders, or

I’d been under the impression that after-dark hours might have been seen as risky for the neighborhood — a somewhat desolate stretch of San Pablo Avenue. But Holland told me she’d always wanted to stay open late and has just been slowly revving things up: “You can always add hours, but you can’t take them away; otherwise, people will be really upset.” Safety hasn’t been an issue, she said.

Meanwhile, the question on everybody’s mind: What about Holland’s flagship restaurant, Brown Sugar Kitchen (2534 Mandela Parkway)? Alas, the hours there won’t be extending to include dinner service — Holland said that between breakfast and lunch, the restaurant is already “at capacity.”

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