Bay Area coffee chain, rainbow ramen and more new restaurants to open at Oakland’s Jack London Square

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This week, East Bay coffee chain Timeless Coffee soft-opened its new Jack London Square location at 85 Webster Street. It’s the plant-based coffee roaster and bakery’s fourth location. 

Waterfront Cafe, located inside the nautical-themed Waterfront Hotel, also opened this week, serving oysters and fried fish sandwiches. 

Soon to join the neighborhood are rainbow-colored ramen shop Noka Ramen at 90 Franklin St., Parisian-style Left Bank Brasserie at 55 Webster St., taqueria Mia at 439 Water St., Canadian sushi spot Kuidaore Sushi at 431 Water St. and Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant Dragon Gate at 1 Franklin. 

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, located at 336 Water St, Oakland. The restaurant’s owner is opening a new concept soon called Noka Ramen, also at Jack London Square.

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Noka Ramen is the second restaurant from the Farmhouse Kitchen Thai team to open in the neighborhood (the first being Farmhouse Kitchen at 336 Water St.), known for their eye-catchingly Instagrammable dishes. Left Bank Brasserie is a small Bay Area chain with locations in Larkspur, Menlo Park and San Jose, and will serve escargot and moules frites alfresco at Jack London Square. Dragon Gate also has a Bay Area history, having closed its nearby eight-year-old Oakland location earlier this year. 

All of these new restaurants are expected to open by the end of 2022, except Dragon Gate, which will open in 2023. This probably comes as welcome news for those disappointed by the fizzling out of the Oakland Assembly food hall, a highly anticipated Jack London Square project that was announced back in 2019. After the pandemic struck, most of the originally slated chefs pulled out of the project, and its fate still remains unclear. 



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