Emeryville Public Market Announces two new leases including Fish Face Poke Bar, Craft Beer & Sake Spot

Published On September 28, 2016 | By Rob Arias | In the Neighborhood, Restaurants

Emeryville Public Market owner City Center Realty Partners announced two new lease-signings today including a Poke Bar and a craft beer and sake spot. Fish Face Poke Bar and Periodic Table are both scheduled to open in the Public Market’s Food Hall in early 2017. “We’re thrilled to continue building on the welcoming environment we’ve got at Public Market with these quality new businesses” noted CCRP’s Co-Founder and President Mark Stefan.


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The original Fish Face operates out of the WAL Public Market in Sacramento (Photo: Joe Koston)

Fish Face Poke Bar

Fish Face, from celebrated Sacramento restaurateur Billy Ngo, is the chef’s first foray into the Bay Area. Ngo owns the original Fish Face, as well as the award-winning Kru sushi restaurant, both located in Sacramento. The original Fish Face operates out of the Warehouse Artist Lofts or “WAL” Public Market in Sacramento’s historic R street district. According to the Fish Face website, they offer a variety of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients in their seafood salads and hand rolls. They also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as locally brewed beers. “Our goal is to provide a simple and flavorful meal, freshly prepared without the wait.”


The Periodic Table

Last week, Shiba Ramen announced expansion into Downtown Oakland. This week, they announced plans to open a new craft Beer and Sake Spot. “The Periodic Table” will a new concept by Shiba’s proprietors and ex-chemists Jake Freed and his wife Hiroko Nakamura.

According to Freed, The plan is to open in the space next to Shiba Ramen and run them as single operation. Freed identified that most customers would come in to drink craft beer, but sees this as an opportunity to expose to them to Sake which he plans to sell in flights and bottles to go. “We want to use The Periodic Table as this very public and accessible forum to expose a broad demographic of people to sake” he noted through email. The beer and sake spot adds not only a dedicated beverage place, but also provides an opportunity for additional nightlife in the Food Hall area of the Public Market.


Mayo & Mustard

The signage for the Mayo & Mustard Sandwich shop is up and information provided by other Public Market vendors indicated “early October” for their Grand Opening pending routine health dept. inspections. The original announcement of their opening was made more than a year ago. Mayo & Mustard of course began as a food truck and are looking to transition their success into a “Brick & Mortar” model.


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Other Public Market Updates

In addition, many readers have noted the demolition of the old EmeryBay Theatre to make way for a new apartment structure. Immediately to the South of the theatre spot is the construction of the 30,000 square foot New Seasons Market that we announced back in October 2015. Construction is slated to be complete in late 2017.

The EmeryBay Theater has been demolished to make way for new housing development (Video: Moira Noiseux).

As previously announced, Orangetheory Fitness has signed a lease and is slated to open before the end of the year. Orangetheory Fitness offers 60-minute classes that push heart rates into the “orange zone” (please do this before you ingest a bowl of Ramen or pint of craft Beer ;). Orangetheory will be occupying the former Broken Rack space in the alley as you exit the north end of the food hall.

Additional plans for the greater 14.5-acre Public Market redevelopment include 450 units of housing, 43,000 additional square feet of retail and restaurants, significant street upgrades and a complete renovation and expansion of a nearby park. “Now with New Seasons Market construction well underway, everyone can see how this mixed-use project is going to be an inviting neighborhood” added Stefan.

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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