Part 2 By Robert Arnold For husband and wife teamTanyaHolland and Phil Surkis, of B-Side BBQ located at 3303 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland, it was important to honor the area where they set up shop. They’ve done this by commissioning Oakland artist April Banks to create a series of pieces inspired by West Oakland’s Black Cowboy Parade, an annual event for nearly 30 years. However, if you look closely at the art, you might be surprised to find Holland and Surkis mixed into the 19th Century images. “We had a little fun with it,” says Holland. There is something very appropriate about seeing Holland and Surkis on the wall, each donning a cowboy hat – they are cowboys of the “New West.” Mavericks who are tirelessly working to feed a neighborhood that’s just starting to come back from hard times. B-Side’s tag line is “Old West Oakland.” As West Oakland residents, they know first hand that it’s a big deal for neighbors to finally have a place to go for dinner without traveling to other neighborhoods. “We’re meeting new people every day, and we’re thrilled when folks who live in West Oakland come in!” says Surkis. If you’re reading this, it’s time to saddle up, and mosey on down to B-Side BBQ. Holland and Surkis are serving up food for the soul, and then some.
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