Alice Collective Opens in Old Holmes Book Company Space

It's part cafe, part commissary kitchen, part event space.


Image: Isabel Baer

A new mixed-use community space — part café, part commissary kitchen, part event venue — launched this week in the vintage building that long housed Holmes Book Company in downtown Oakland.

A brainchild of restaurateur Ted Wilson (of Fine & Rare and the William Tell House), the Alice Collective will be centered around the café, a breakfast-and-lunch counter-service spot open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Executive chef Christine Wells helms a kitchen whose local-ingredient-based fare features salads (such as a farro and roasted seasonal vegetable salad), sandwiches (such as a brisket carnitas sandwich), soups, and tartines. Husband-and-wife team Keba and Rachel Konte and local Red Bay Coffee provide the coffee service, with Andrew Schiff of Oak & Fig Baking providing savory baked goods and sweets.

The café will also offer wine, beer, and cocktails, curated by Nancy Chung of the beverage-catering company Barrel Wagon. 

The 3,600-square-foot space's commissary kitchen is home base for Wilson and Wells' catering company Metal & Match, along with incubator spaces for food and beverage companies. 

Its indoor and outdoor spaces are available for evening events, complete with the option for in-house catering by Metal & Match and a full-service bar with catering by Barrel Wagon.

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