As we heard late last week, chef Sarah Kirnon made an abrupt departure from Hibiscus, where she’d developed a devoted following for her Caribbean-inflected food — but most especially for her insanely good fried chicken. (Jonathan Kauffman wrote of it, “It’s a dish so good that Kirnon will be damned to repeat it until the end of her days.”) Now the Chronicle’s Inside Scoop column reports that she has a new project in the works: Miss Ollie’s. The location is still TBA, but it’s somewhere in downtown Oakland, and the concept is based on Caribbean “one-stop” shops, with just one main dish served each day.
She’s thinking that Saturdays could be devoted to whole roasted pig. But yes, her fried chicken will be on the menu, at least once a week.
The restaurant is named for Kirnon’s grandmother who raised her in Barbados, who died last year, and whom we can thank for that fried chicken recipe.
Also of note: Kirnon be popping up at Bar Tartine on February 13. Reserve for that by calling (415) 487-1600 (it won’t come up on OpenTable, because the restaurant would typically be closed that day).