Luka’s Taproom chef Willie Mendez is serving up old favorites again
Head to Binny's in Oakland to enjoy favorite dishes from chef Willie Mendez

When Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, the restaurant often credited with leading the revitalization of Oakland’s Uptown, closed in January 2022 after 18 years, many locals were dismayed. One Nosh reader described Luka’s as an institution. Another, who used to eat several times a month at the spot known for its top-notch burger and beer selection, said he loved how Luka’s reflected the great diversity of Oakland. The good news is that Willie Mendez, the chef whose food delighted patrons at Luka’s, is now serving up some of his most popular dishes at Binny’s Cocktail Bar and Restaurant in Old Oakland.

Risa Nye
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