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Oakland’s new worker-led restaurant

Earlier this month, Oakland Bloom, a volunteer-based nonprofit collective that provides career support to refugee and immigrant chefs, softly opened Understory, its worker-led restaurant, bar and commissary kitchen. Understory gives chefs who are looking to start their own food businesses hands-on experience and supplemental earned income as they continue their training. At the same time, local diners get a chance to taste what they’re cooking.  

After a couple of weeks of test service, Understory is ready to officially open its doors this Thursday, March 25, from 4-8 p.m. Its regular days of service will be Thursday through Saturday, with a special weekly pop-up event on Sundays, featuring fare from a chef participating in Oakland Bloom’s Open Test Kitchen incubation program.

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