Paul Canales’s Oakland Project Gets a Name: Duende


The other day we mentioned a few more details about Paul Canales’s upcoming project in the Floral Depot Building in Oakland’s Uptown, and today the Chron comes up with several more details. First off, the name: Duende. It’s “a Spanish word that originally meant a fairy or goblin, but has come to define a heightened spirit of emotion.” The word was also something Canales heard from his father a lot growing up, and it reflects the Spanish angle that the restaurant is going to have. Canales says that he’ll be offering plates in three flexible sizes — small, medium, and large — and that the menu will reflect the Spanish melting pot of French, Italian, and African influences. Also remember this will be a “collision of spaces,” with an art gallery, music venue, and wine shop all connected to the restaurant. Look for it in the late summer or early fall. [Chron, Earlier]