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Last year, Hoodline reported that Souley Vegan owner and executive chef Tamearra Dyson had a new concept in the works called The Back Porch. Nestled right behind Souley Vegan’s flagship store at 301 Broadway near Jack London Square, The Back Porch is located at 464 Third St. in the former Beer Revolution space.
“I love the space. The front deck provides outdoor seating which is something I’ve wanted to implement for a very long time,” Dyson told Hoodline at the time. It was reported that The Back Porch would debut to the public by the end of 2021, but as of late many excited customers have yet to try the new plant-based Cajun cocktail bar.
What Now San Francisco followed up with Dyson this week, who told us that they are still working through permitting with the city of Oakland. She says that they will hopefully be ready to welcome customers in mid-spring. It’s a relief to find out that progress is being made on the concept which promises “Elevated Cajun” fare and a rotating “Cajun-inspired” cocktail menu.
“I’m looking forward to showing another creative side of myself. Souley Vegan has been a success and I want to show another level of culinary skill and creativity,” she adds. Dyson applied for the ABC license this week, so it’s looking like The Back Porch is well on its way to completion.
Amid The Back Porch’s delay in opening, Dyson has been quite busy otherwise. Besides running four Souley Vegan locations in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Dyson impressively found time to compete on Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.”
As seen in her episode that aired in January, that’s exactly what she did. The fact that her cooking can single-handedly outperform a Food Network legend is proof that The Back Porch will be one of the best Bay Area openings of the year.