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Monday, October 5, 2015

4,500-Square-Foot Grand Fare Market Opens Tomorrow in Oakland

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM

  • Clara Rice Photography

If you thought the Market on Market or the Hive were something special, wait until you step inside Grand Fare Market, a complex of cafes and food stands opening tomorrow, Oct. 6, where the former Monkey Forest Road used to be on Grand Avenue in Oakland’s Grand Lake. (I’d been wondering what would replace that coffee house and Indonesian art gallery, which was lovely, if a little beige.)

  • Screen Grab: Grand Fare Market
  • Clara Rice Photography
Restaurateur Doug Washington and his wife, Freye Prowe, have embarked on this project to breathe new life into the vacant property along a lively commercial strip. A 4,500-square-foot space, Grand Fare has skylights and exposed beams on the ceiling, original concrete floors, and antique iron gates. The garden can accommodate 75 people (with seven seats inside at the oyster bar) and the attention to horticulture seems quite lavish, with large shade trees, ivy-covered brick walls, and native species everywhere.

One gets the feeling that the principals wanted to avoid looking like a food court.

For foodstuffs, there’s going to be coffee again. Linea will open in the garden at 7 a.m., with house-made pastries and Humphry Slocombe ice cream (from a modified 1946 trailer!). Charcuterie, cheeses, seasonal farmers market salads, rotisseries, and sizable wine and beer lists will keep you happy once you’ve worked up some caffeine jitters, and little extras like delivery and curb-side pickup are coming in November. According to a cute rendering of the space, there will also be a flower stand, a bakery, and a separate snack station outside near the restrooms. In other words, it’s everything you could ever ask for, and it opens tomorrow.

Grand Fare Market, 3265 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-899-9610.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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