"Duende Opens in Oakland," Paolo Lucchesi, SF Chronicle

Duende opens in Oakland

By Paolo Lucchesi

Paul Canales made his name cooking rustic Italian food at Oakland's Oliveto for 15 years. He left that restaurant a few years ago, and now he's opened Duende, his own Oakland project.

Duende is a stylish, ambitious Spanish restaurant located in the historic Floral Depot building in the shadow of the Fox Theater.

Actually, it's more than just a restaurant. In addition to a bar specializing in sherry cocktails, the two-story space features an all-day "bodega" selling coffee, churros and other light snacks, proprietary olive oil, and bottles of wine to drink at home or in the restaurant. Upstairs is a private event space that will double as a music venue.

But the main attraction is the restaurant. Along with general manager and partner Rocco Somazzi, Arcsine Architecture and a host of local artists, Canales has carved out a vibrant 84-seat dining room in the high-ceilinged space, the walls covered in colorful murals.

- See more at: http://www.sfgate.com/restaurants/article/Duende-opens-in-Oakland-4206383.php