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Jack London Square, a scenic and historic piece of real estate along the Oakland estuary, has had its ups and downs over the years. Those of us who lived in Berkeley during the 70’s and 80’s remember JLS as a down market Fisherman’s Wharf of chain restaurants, bars and schlock shops.  But over the last ten years, the warehouses that used to service the Port of Oakland before it moved were converted into residential lofts and an ambitious plan along the lines of the San Francisco’s Ferry Building was hatched by a new developer, The Ellis Company.  The project stalled during the recession in 2008, but  a year ago, Rick Hackett (MarketBar) moved his pan-American Bocanova into a huge, lofty space with outdoor seating in sight of the marina, and a few months ago, Daniel Patterson (Coi, Plum) opened the long awaited Haven.

Nothing revitalizes a neighborhood like good restaurants and a critical mass of two, plus a Sunday farmers’ market, plus ferry service, plus a growing group of artisan food producers that have been lured by affordable leases, make Jack London Square a culinary destination. But it took Haven, one of the most exciting restaurants in the bay area, to put the Square over the top…

44 Webster Street, Oakland  510 663-4440  wwwhavenoakland.com

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