Chop Bar Reopens in New Space
It's right across the street from the former space.
Image courtesy of Chop Bar
Noted local restaurateur Chris Pastena — whose past and current restaurants include Calavera, Lugomare, Tribune Tavern, and Chop Bar — has with chef and fellow longtime Oakland resident Lev Delany launched the latter's new location in Oakland's Jack London District this week.
“Ten years ago, chef Lev Delany and I opened Chop Bar. Our vision was to create a gathering place ... where neighbors can meet for a meal, coffee in the morning, or cocktails at night," Pastena said.
"Over the years, we have grown to love our community here."
Located at Fourth Street East — a new mixed-use residential and retail building on the corner of 4th and Jackson streets across the road from the restaurant’s former location — the new sixty-seat space was designed by Pastena himself to utilize 100 percent recycled materials. Its interiors include cork walls, reclaimed-wood tables, and a battleship-gray bar-top made from recycled paper.
Menu highlights include the Chop Bar Burger; pan-roasted local king salmon with corn succotash; meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes, trotter gravy, and sautéed green beans; and oxtail poutine with oxtail gravy — as well as cocktails including the "bacon-ized" bloody Mary and the Oaxacan Old Fashioned (made with Xicaru mezcal, Mi Campo reposado tequila, Ancho Reyes, agave, and bitters).
"We’re excited about the next generation of Chop Bar, with an even larger space in the Jack London neighborhood we’ve been part of since 2009," Pastena said.