7/23/2013 01:13:00 PM

Top Chef Alums Launching Shakewell Bar & Kitchen

Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent
Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent have been friends for 15 years and worked together as executive chef and executive pastry chef at Scala's Bistro in San Francisco for five years. Now, the Top Chef alums (Biesty on Season 4 and Nugent on Season 1 of Top Chef Just Desserts) have started a Kickstarter campaign in order to help build their dream restaurant, Shakewell Bar & Kitchen. They've found a location in the Grand/Lakeshore area of Oakland and are trying to raise $100,000 to help defray the costs of fixing up the space and opening. They plan to serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, with many dishes coming from a wood-burning oven. Having witnessed the cooking chemistry of these two business partners and buddies, Shakewell promises to be a solid addition to the Oakland dining scene.

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