Paul Canales’s Oakland Project Gets a Name: Duende

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The other day we mentioned a few more details about Paul Canales's upcoming project in the Floral Depot Building in Oakland's Uptown, and today the Chron comes up with several more details. First off, the name: Duende. It's "a Spanish word that originally meant a fairy or goblin, but has come to define a heightened spirit of emotion." The word was also something Canales heard from his father a lot growing up, and it reflects the Spanish angle that the restaurant is going to have. Canales says that he'll be offering plates in three flexible sizes small, medium, and large and that the menu will reflect the Spanish melting pot of French, Italian, and African influences. Also remember this will be a "collision of spaces," with an art gallery, music venue, and wine shop all connected to the restaurant. Look for it in the late summer or early fall. [Chron, Earlier]