Public Market Updates: C CASA Opens, Nyum Bai moves on, NSM space receiving inquiries, Tesla Charging Stations

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C CASA Taqueria quietly soft-opened last Friday February 16th and held their grand opening on Tuesday. C CASA made the original announcement of their opening back in October of last year.

C CASA’s much-praised cuisine puts a contemporary twist on the traditional taqueria. Among customers’ many favorites are the rotisserie duck tacos topped with spinach, red onions, goat cheese, oranges, cumin vinaigrette, avocado crema and cilantro. Entrees feature free-range poultry, grass-fed meats and local produce.

All items are fresh, made-to-order and are gluten-free. C CASA will also serve boutique wines, bottled beers and Latin-inspired cocktails.

C CASA’s tacos, unlike the customary street taco size, are fairly substantial and two will likely fill most people up.

“For years, we’ve had people come up from the East Bay and San Francisco to eat at C CASA at Oxbow Public Market in Napa. We’re delighted to bring C CASA’s delicious, nutritious and addictive food to the freshly reinvented Public Market in Emeryville,” said C CASA’s chef-owner Catherine Bergen.

Bergen likened the potential of the Public Market to that of the wildly successful Oxbow where they started. “We went through the same construction phase at Oxbow before everything came together.” Bergen lists the salmon taco among her personal favorites.

C CASA is targeting serving breakfast tacos within a couple of months followed by margaritas once they’ve received their liquor license. Bergen is already targeting two additional Bay Area locations including Marin and somewhere along the I-680 corridor.



Tesla Supercharging Station

The Public Market could soon be the home to a coveted Tesla Supercharger station as noted on Tesla’s website. “We are working with Tesla on the possibility of putting in a Supercharger station here,” Public Market representatives confirmed when contacted. “However, nothing has been finalized yet.”


Tesla has been targeting well-traveled routes including rest stops, eateries and urban centers like ours to provide Tesla owners a seamless way of fueling up. The site notes a target opening date “by end of 2018.”

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Nyum Bai opens in Fruitvale

Nyum Bai, which started as pop-up before opening a temporary stall at the Public Market, has opened their Oakland Fruitvale neighborhood sit down restaurant.

Nyum Bai quickly became a popular choice among Public Market patrons and it’s likely residents will make the pilgrimage to East Oakland to enjoy their delicious cuisine.

“While we’re sad to see it go, it was chef-owner Nite Yun’s hope and dream all along that she would be able to open a full-service restaurant after incubating here for one year,” noted Public Market representatives.

Proprietor Nite Yun expressed her appreciation for the opportunity in a successful Kickstarter campaign that netted her $37K toward the venture. “Securing our stall at Public Market gave us a chance to really learn what it feels like to run a restaurant and expose Khmer food to more people in the Bay Area.”

The Public Market would like to keep the space as a rotating stall to help promote up and coming culinary ideas. “We’re actively working with La Cocina to find another great concept for that stall.”


Nyum Bai’s address, hours and menu have been updated on their website.

Public Market “received inquiries” on New Seasons Market Space

While the withdrawal of New Seasons Market has thrown a wrench into the progress of the Public Market, The market’s owners seem optimistic that a new tenant could be found. They recently provided the following statement that we included in this post on NSM’s decision.

Although New Seasons Market’s announcement is very recent, we have already received inquiries regarding the premises from a number of parties. We are engaged in ongoing discussions with New Seasons regarding the future of the space, and those discussions prohibit us from disclosing our future plans further. However, rest assured that we are proactively exploring all of our options.

We look forward to continuing our work to provide the greater community with a unique and vibrant destination for the heart of Emeryville.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


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