Save your BART fare, East Bay residents: following the recent trend of popular San Francisco-based restaurants such as Burma Superstar, Ike's Lair and Little Star Pizza that have opened up sister spots across the bay, Rosamunde Sausage Grill debuted its latest location last night in downtown's Old Oakland neighborhood.
Rosamunde is conveniently located right next to Taylor's Sausage in Swan's Marketplace, a venerable 20-year-old institution that will be supplying some of its delicious meats to its new neighbor.
The opening night menu only featured Taylor's turkey sausage and spicy Louisiana hot links, but co-owner Jennifer Tucci (who also recently opened Lake Merritt's Portal) said, "We'll be running other specials from Taylor's. And if you want to get a sausage from there, you can bring it over here and we'll cook it for you anytime."
As the main room was packed to maximum capacity, Tucci said the opening night crowd was "pretty overwhelming. I knew it was going to be a good crowd, but this is excellent!" The main reason she opened up this new venue was that "a lot of people wanted us to. And I love Oakland and think it's a booming, upcoming city. A lot of my friends have moved over here; it's the place to be. I still live in the city, but I'm thinking about moving here!"
$1 dollar beers from West Oakland's Linden Street Brewery were highlighted as the grand opening special -- Urban Peoples Common Lager and Burning Oak Black Lager -- but they also have 16 craft beers on tap.
The sausages were just as delicious on this side of the bay, and Rosamunde Downtown Oakland will certainly remain just as busy as its crowded counterparts in the Lower Haight and Mission.
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