By Irene Florez, February 2012
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If you think Oakland could use a curated Casablanca-esque social club, you might soon see your dreams come true. Nestled between an overpass, an oil change shop and a single residency hotel, the former Starline supply store at 645 West Grand Ave., is becoming a tastemaker nexus under the management of three Oakland transplants and their artists network. Inspired by art murmur and the West Oakland art scene, Troy Bayless, Adam Hatch and Sam Strand envision a multi-use venue that integrates artist work spaces and a bar in the building’s first floor with a ballroom, a restaurant and residencies in the building’s second floor. Combined, they plan for an arts-based curated social club.
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