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La Palabra is our palette; our form of expression through the articulation of our business model. We seek to surround ourselves with art and encourage expression by providing a space for live music and DJs, dancing, spoken word and poetry, live art exhibit, fashion shows, and supporting art programs of our local schools.
La Palabra seeks to re- Autor Cuban Food on the west-coast using post-modern approaches that area whimsical, artful, and deconstructed while keeping the classic, unmistakable of Cuban cooking preserved.
Our drink program will feature takes and twists on classic Cuban-based rums, rich and saturated sangrias, and a variety of beers from Latin America.
As food, drink, and style are expressions of art, beauty, and culture, we aim to honor our higher self, to let creativity be kind. We are compelled as artists to tell it, play it, paint it, sing it, move it, craft it with our hands and spirit. We cook it, look at it, and of course say it..."La Palabra".
The expression of Cuban inspired food, art, and culture, is nowhere near saturated in Oakland, or the Bay Area. Though there is not a large Cuban community, there is massive interest in the various aspects of Cuba that shares a sister city with Oakland, CA. As with all vibrant cultures, Cuban culture grows and changes in a continuum. It is natural for La Palabra to express itself in that continuum linking the Cuban experience to Oakland.
There is no other restaurant, or, bars in the Bay Area delivering this package concept: A Cuban-centric venue that balances high artistic expression and finery across its menus, art, physical plant, stylization, and brand in a friendly, convivial environment. Caña, 10 years ago, began filling the void in the market; La Palabra will fill variations of that void that didn't exist before in Oakland, especially
Uptown. La Palabra is a marquee level impact that fits and fills perfectly in the Uptown area. Recognized as the Oakland arts and entertainment epicenter with The Paramount, The Fox Theater, First Friday's and Third Thursday's, La Palabra offers the perfect pre, post, or alternative to the
existing event scene.
What is style? We know it when we see it, and we know when we are part of it. We believe style also is not one thing, it is most powerful as a kinetic accumulation of factors and sensibilities that render a feeling, and at best inspires. La Palabra will inspire using a mixed modern design principle with subtle references to Cuban iconography. Features of this design concept include flooring made of Cuban tile, hardwood, and stained concrete, with painted and textured walls featuring wood, tile, glass, and art. Lighting that is aware with round iron and wood; yet, inclusive that also highlights a live expressions chalk wall, while enjoying great food, drinks, and live music, in the company of live plants with a palm tree garden.