Hayward, CA/April 2019 – PLāYT has in less than two years transformed downtown Hayward dining by becoming a destination restaurant, something uncommon in that city. The most recent iteration of the “Sideways Southern” comfort food menu from Executive Chef Jerome “Spike” Williams has resonated with customers it a way that reminds proprietor Michael LeBlanc of the “something’s going on!” vibe that epitomized the success of Picán in Oakland. “I’m delighted to see that same magic going on in Hayward,“ he shares. LeBlanc, previously known for the nationally acclaimed Picán, opened PLāYT in mid-2017. He has three decades of entrepreneurial and hospitality industry experience including becoming principal owner of Brothers Brewing Company, the first African-American owned beer company. This planted in him the seed for creating a high-end, black-owned restaurant, harkening to his roots and fondness for two of New Orleans’ renowned, soulful eateries, Dooky Chase and Chez Helene.
PLāYT Restaurant, “a touch of Mardi Gras for your palette and soul,” is located at 1036 B Street, near Main Street, in Hayward, California. The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free parking is readily available on B Street and also in a large public parking lot behind the restaurant between A and B Streets. Visit PLāYT at www.playtonb.com. Reservations can be made on the restaurant’s website, via OpenTable.com or by calling (510) 888-1092.