Just miss your Emery Go-Round shuttle? Why not walk across the street to the new Arthur Mac’s and a grab a bite and a cold one while you wait for the next one? Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack is a new pizza-by-the-slice beer garden on the corner of 40th & MLK in Oakland’s Longfellow neighborhood (Those shipping containers we’ve been wondering about for over a year!).
The design for Arthur Mac’s was managed by Oakland based Farm League Restaurant Group, the same team who helped launch Drake’s Dealership, Westbrae Biergarten, East Bay Spice Company and Tigerlily. The modern design features a custom Fireclay tile floor, faux-clover cladded shipping container booths, two fire pits, a kids’ play area, and custom furniture by Ben Frombgen of Bcooperative and Eric Peterson of EP Building.
Arthur Mac’s is part of the larger MacArthur Annex shipping container complex that houses a variety artist workspaces and startup companies, as well as retail outlets like Contact Records vinyl shop, La Loba clothing and jewelry boutique and Foggy Notion gift shop.
“Our vision for this design was to create a fun and affordable outdoor venue that was unique enough to attract customers from all over the Bay Area, while still staying approachable and affordable for the current demographic of our neighborhood,” says Farm League co-owner and designer Joel DiGiorgio. “It’s becoming increasingly tough to live here financially, especially for young families, so we created a parent-friendly concept that’s fun for kids, but at the quality standards of adults,” DiGiorgio added.
To launch their pizza, wing and salad focused menu, Farm League tapped chef consultant Michael Williams, who’s better known for his time in fine dining kitchens such as Rivoli and Corso in Berkeley. “Michael has an amazing palate and brings a lot of skill to our kitchen,” says Adam Stemmler, coowner and Operations Director of Farm League. “We feel lucky to have an accomplished farm-to-table chef in charge of our fast casual kitchen. Especially one who grew up on the East Coast where pizza is king,” Stemmler added.
On the beverage side, Arthur Mac’s boasts a draught line up of 16 craft beers, 2 ciders and 5 wines on tap, including a house kegged vermouth spritzer (Lillet Rose, peach bitters, grapefruit zest, soda). Beverage Director Mateen Habib says the draught list will rotate daily but will always be local and craft focused. “Our friends in the brewing community have been kind to us. We currently have incredible sours from The Rare Barrel in Berkeley, as well as rotating ales from breweries like Faction, Drake’s and Fieldwork” Habib added.
Kids won’t be left out of the fun as they will also feature an 8-tap soda fountain featuring eight pure cane sodas from Alameda Point Craft Soda Co. They also have a children’s play area including a sandbox and magnet board. They also accommodate pets, and are expecting to have their outdoor bike rack installed within the next couple weeks.
Arthur Mac’s will be hosting their grand opening on Saturday, April 15th with $15 pitcher specials and free food giveaways.
Food & Drink Menu:
Sun-Thurs: 11 am-10 pm
Fri-Sat: 11 am-11 pm
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