.Nick’s Pizza Offshoot to Take Over the Barkada Space in Temescal

Next month, an offshoot of the popular North Oakland pizzeria Nick’s Pizza (6211 Shattuck Ave.) will open in Temescal, where owners Nick Yapor-Cox and Aron Ford are also planning to expand their menu.

[jump] Located in the space that most recently housed Barkada, Nick and Aron’s (4316 Telegraph Ave.) will be a full-service restaurant offering house-baked croissants and scones in the mornings, salads and sandwiches for lunch, and appetizers and heartier entrées during dinner service — all of that in addition to serving plenty of pizza, of course. The original Nick’s Pizza, where Yapor-Cox presides over the pizza dough and Ford heads up the morning pastry program, will remain unchanged.

Nick’s is best known for its self-proclaimed “Oakland-style” pizza — a kind of cross between a California/Arizmendi-style sourdough crust and the somewhat heftier, red sauce-centric pies that are prevalent on the East Coast. According to Ford, the appeal of the new location, which boasts a 1,400-square-foot dining room and a 600-square-foot patio, is that it’ll allow them to host guests in a more formal way that just isn’t possible at their tiny pizzeria.

One of the quirks of the old Barkada space, which was originally designed to be primarily a bakery, is that two huge gas-deck ovens take up almost all of the kitchen space, meaning most of the food, by necessity, needs to be cooked in those ovens. For Yapor-Cox and Ford, who describe themselves as bakers at heart, that was a perk, not a problem.

As Yapor-Cox put it, “If there’s anybody that’s going to pull off making a full-service restaurant of that place, it’s going to be a couple guys who know how to use ovens to their fullest potential.”

In addition to the pizzas, the lunch menu will focus on sandwiches served on house-made baguettes, and dinner options will include roast chicken and oven-roasted mussels. Eventually, weekend brunch service will be added to the mix.

Nick and Aron’s is slated to open in early March.


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