Steel Rail Coming Soon to Jack London Square
September 25, 2015 update
By Ethan Fletcher
Excerpt (from original March 10):
A mutual love of Oakland and its burgeoning dining scene helped bringTemoor Noor, Steve Sparkes, and Effie Speigler together. But the co-owners of Steel Rail, a new cafe coming to Jack London Square, really bonded over their love of reggae.
“If I’m working at one of my restaurants I’ll always have some reggae on in the background,” says Noor, who founded Grand Tavern and co-ownsLungomare, both in Oakland. “And these guys are the same; we all have that kind of vibe. It’s good chemistry.”
Adds Speigler, sports and entertainment executive chef at Oakland’s O.co Stadium, “It’s not just the music, it’s the lifestyle, the flow, the energy behind it; that’s the true essence of who we are,” he says. “It’s all about a team here and that’s the base that we’re trying to build upon at this new place.”
Sparkes, the third member of the team, was born into his love of reggae as a native of Kingston, Jamaica. He was also the impetus for their joint project, a casual breakfast-through-dinner cafe/sandwich-salad eatery/pub in Jack London Square.
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