PLāYT Adds Brunch

PLāYT Adds Brunch

Offerings include catfish and grits and green eggs and ham.

By Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

PLāYT Restaurant in downtown Hayward is now serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

PLāYT is owned by Michael LeBlanc — whose previous venture, Uptown Oakland’s award-winning Picán, closed last year.

He characterizes the Hayward space as “a touch of Mardi Gras for your palette and soul.”

LeBlanc’s thirty years in the hospitality industry include becoming principal owner of the first-ever African-American-owned beer company, Brothers Brewing.

Also hailing from Picán is PLāYT’s executive chef Jerome “Spike” Williams, depicted above.

His menus — featuring such fare as short-rib sliders, deep-fried pickle spears, mac-and-cheese, red beans and rice, bread pudding, and peach cobbler — reflect Cajun, Creole, and Gullah influences, prepared with sustainable ingredients according to slow-food principles.

Brunch items at PLāYT include fried chicken Benedict, fried green tomatoes, buttermilk biscuits, barbecued-chicken sandwiches, catfish and grits; green eggs and ham, and Texas French toast. Possible bar pairings include bloody Marys, ginger-peach Bellinis, and mimosas served by the glass or the carafe.

The restaurant’s original interior design — by Pia Thomas of Belvedere’s DesignPlus — features chandeliers, banquettes, Italian leather chairs, a granite-topped bar, and Mardi Gras-colored lights.