The long stagnant and/or transitioning food scene around Oakland's Jack London Square where a the 434,000-square-foot waterfront development was built almost a decade ago with a vision of Ferry Building grandeur and has only been partly occupied in that time has been seeing some new life in recent months. As the Business Times reports, following the announcement of the addition of Burmese restaurant Grocery Cafe (which closed its original Oakland location in January) several weeks ago, both Tartine and Belcampo Meat Co. have announced they will open new locations in Jack London as well, both later this year.
Tartine will be locating its coffee roastery in a 5,000-square-foot space, dubbed Tartine Coffee Manufactory. Situated next to the Port of Oakland, where many imported coffee beans arrive, the space will feature a pop-up coffee bar starting in the fall, and beans will be available for purchase on site, as Inside Scoop reports. It's unclear how many of Tartine's baked goods might make it across the Bay to this coffee bar, if any.
Sustainable meat operation Belcampo is also aiming for the fall to open one of their butcher shop/restaurants, of which they now have a half dozen locations in Northern and Southern California, in addition to their Belcampo Burger location at The Yard in SF's Mission Bay. Founder Anya Fernald tells the Business Times, "We’re extremely excited to bring Belcampo to Jack London Square. I have lived in the neighborhood for a decade and have seen this neighborhood’s potential coming to fruition in the past few years we can’t wait to help the momentum grow."
The Jack London area has recently gotten other new tenants as well, including Brooklyn West Winery, Irish pub Sláinte, and the upcoming new incarnation of Linden Street brewery, from a couple of its founders, Oakland United Beer Works.