After first reporting back in August 2015 their kick-off of construction, the highly anticipated Propaganda Gastropub quietly held it’s soft-opening on Monday opening its doors to the neighborhood and curious passerby’s. Proprietor Kiet Truong officially unveiled the rustic interior, expansive windows and industrial elements at the City Storage space on the corner on 40th and Adeline.
Propaganda’s staff worked feverishly to iron out the wrinkles on their first day under the watchful eye of Truong.
Truong had set an ambitious schedule to open by the end of 2015. A goal Truong came reasonable close to their goal despite some setbacks. Truong had inserted himself into the neighborhood by leasing the space above the restaurant to live and even made it a point to hire locals. “The area is changing fast and we want to be nimble at first to accommodate them” noting the in-progress state of the food & drink menus.
Fifteen year Emeryville resident and manager Chef Andy Nguyen developed the Propaganda concept and David Le is the current executive chef for the menu. Nguyen described Propaganda as a “subtle social statement” but not necessarily the communist or cold-war theme you might expect from the Russian Constructivism Era influenced logo. Nguyen reiterated his commitment to using fresh, local, seasonal and organic ingredients as the area has come to expect. “I’ve traveled the world and we have the best of everything here in the Bay Area”.
17 Beers will be on tap when Propaganda is at full capacity including an “Evil Twin” (We like that!).
Since Propaganda originally announced their intent to open and help make Adeline into a “Restaurant Row”, Baseline Produce and CommonWealth have both unfortunately shuttered. Offsetting these closures are rumors of a Vietnamese Pho place going in at the 3900 Adeline Apartments and the attempts by The Intersection Development on San Pablo to lure a Brewery (nothing confirmed).
The interior of Propaganda will accommodate 30-35 people. Phase Two includes plans for patio seating to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and offer brunch sometime in early March. Nguyen also teased a second happy hour from 10pm – Midnight.
Handcrafted custom libations and classics like this Sazerac are on the Cocktail menu.
Soft Opening Food Menu:
View their in the works website for full Menu:
Daily: 5 pm-10 pm