Tin Can Alley rises from the south side of Alameda like a remote settlement cobbled together from shipping containers, lumber and sheet metal.
The postapocalyptic, “Mad Max” aesthetic, brightened with swaths of color and a mural from street artist Ernest Doty, seems appropriate for a complex of restaurants opening during the coronavirus pandemic. The industry has faced unprecedented challenges the past few months, but there is a sense that the hardest times are in the rearview mirror.
Initial signs are promising. During a recent weekday lunch hour, the shadeless parking lot teemed with cars and trucks. People, mostly of the Generation Z demographic, streamed in happily, finally free to eat out after 2½ months in virtual lockdown.