Oakland's Red Oak Cafe closing after 11 years

After a good run of 11 years on Forbes Avenue in the heart of Oakland, the Red Oak Cafe will close. 

Its last day is Friday, announced owner Dave Gancy. Red Oak focused on healthful fare and was named Pitt News Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant for eight consecutive years, starting in 2008. 

One of his creations was the OTY, a smoothie made with oatmeal, tea and yogurt. 

Mr. Gancy said that in that space, which he rented from UPMC, will open a Roots Natural Cafe, a restaurant that started in Charlottesville, Va., in 2015. But it might be a while until renovations are done.

He said of his future plans, “I’m gonna step back and take a deep breath. Maybe go watch the eclipse,” adding that he might do some food work for cinemas run in the region by the family of his wife, Katie, and noting, “I have another really interesting project in the works that I can't disclose yet.” 

In the meantime, he said he and she and his team “have been moved by the kindness of their customers and wish everyone good health.”

Bob Batz Jr.: bbatz@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.

First Published August 3, 2017 10:19 AM


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