Oct. 27, 2011
by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern
Vitus, a new restaurant, bar and music venue in Jack London Square recently opened in ‘The Town’ (as Bay Area folks call it, Oakland to all others). It’s appropriately named after the patron saint of art, music, dancing and insomnia, who was eventually martyred for his beliefs. And if it seems like this place popped up over night, that’s because it virtually did. The owner Damon Gallagher grabbed this spot up, which was until September known as Duke’s R&B, and got to work. Gallagher is a veteran of the Bay Area music scene as the frontman of Damon and the Heathens and co-owner of another Oakland club, making him the right man for the job.
In a matter of weeks, Vitus has been able to host a Nobunny show, score Jesse Branstetter (formerly of Chop Bar) for their full kitchen, roll-out lunch service and an all night happy hour, become the official site of the Eat Real Festival after party and have a grand opening. Whew! Talk about pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
And aside from all the perks, the place looks amazing. The downstairs is spacious with two bars, tables, room for dancing, and pinball machines while the upstairs has leather couches – perfect for chilling out or enjoying a VIP area. Did we mention the giant godzilla?
So if you live in the East Bay or venture to Oakland occasionally, be sure to stop in for a bite to eat, a cocktail and a live show!
Some of the upcoming shows: Brass Menazerie, Greg Ashley and Vitus’ first comedy night with a headliner too big to announce. But the venue lists some of his credits as 30 Rock, SNL, and Letterman. HMMMM…can’t miss that one!
Check out their brand new website and like them on Facebook!
Editor’s note: We know things are tough in Oakland right now. As a native, I hate to see Oakland in the national news (including The Daily Show), as it’s rarely ever good news when it happens. But at the same time, it’s exciting to see the revitalization of downtown that’s been happening over the last 10 years. I can’t remember a time when so much music and art was so easily accessible in our previously desolate downtown area. Recent additions of The Fox Theatre, The New Parish, and countless bars and restaurants, means that people in the East don’t always have to head to San Francisco for quality entertainment and Oaklanders actually have the option of event-hopping on foot. Which is just another step toward Oakland being known as a place to be! The locals have known it for a long time….
And our new client Vitus has got it all: food, drinks, AND top notch shows! Please check it out. Ticketfly is happy to be a part of anything that’s good for Oakland.