La Gourmandine will take over the former Penn Avenue Fish spot on Forbes Avenue
The politics-meet-the-plate joint known as Conflict Kitchen soft-opened Wednesday in its new location in Schenley Plaza, Oakland. The take-out spot debuts with a bigger kitchen than the one it shared in East Liberty with the Waffle Shop, now closed.
The restaurant that serves food from regions in conflict with the U.S. will feature an Iranian theme through June. "We thought it was appropriate, with the upcoming elections [in Iran]," said proprietor Jon Rubin.
The Persian menu is available for lunch from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays until Monday, after which an expanded menu is available from noon to 6 p.m. daily.
This summer, Conflict Kitchen will showcase food from Cuba, followed by dishes from Israel and Palestine. It will become a Korean restaurant through the fall (www.conflictkitchen.org).