Slated to open this fall (Kickstarter campaign in motion) in Oakland’s Jack London area, is a farm to table Mexican restaurant, Nido (meaning “nest”), from husband and wife Silvia and Cory McCollow. Silvia worked in a number of East Bay kitchens (Cosecha, Chez Panisse, B Restaurant), and is creating recipes inspired by her hometown of Nayarit, Mexico, for their debut restaurant. The space is designed by Eli Spear (Public Works, Make Westing, Bask) utilizing materials from the Jack London locale, like shipping container parts from the waterfront and construction sign poles as a foot rail for the bar.
The drink menu will initially feature beer and wine (plus beer/wine cocktails) divided into sections “Walk,” “Drive,” and “Fly,” in reference to where they’re sourced. Handmade tortillas and a daily taco selection will be on offer, as will cemitas, essentially a cousin of the torta. Showcasing their handmade pottery (dishes, cups, ramekins), the McCollows will also transplant chiles and other produce from Silvia’s father’s farm in Mexico to the restaurant’s rooftop garden. The McCollows will share the building with Jaynelle St. Jean’s popular PieTisserie, which will serve pies from a pie window.