Oakland is forging a new, edgier identity, due mostly to the emergence of a thriving restaurant scene. This month’s Travel and Leisure Magazine highlights Oakland’s Top Hot Spots, listing Jack London Square as the “Next Great Neighborhood.”
One reason is the coming of the Ferry Building-esque project, Jack London Market, which will host a “culinary playground” of sustainable produce stands and artisinal retailers on the ground floor and casual cafes and eateries on the second level. Notably, avant-garde chef/owner, Daniel Patterson of SF’s Coi, is opening Bracina, a rustic-style restaurant with an open kitchen and wood burning stove, slated for Dec/Jan 2011.
The Ellington at 222 Broadway is also causing a stir. These luxury condos have breath-taking views in every direction and are 50 percent sold out. There are club-level penthouse residences that feature plush interiors and expansive outdoor patios. The building amenities include: heated pool, whirlpool, gym, conference room, and a 24 hr concierge. For more neighborhood information, please contact me.
And if you are in the area on a Sunday, don’t miss the Farmer’s Market.