Bon Appétit and the Golden State Warriors welcome La Cocina, Old Skool Café, Tony G’s Pizza, and eight more Tastemaker partners to Chase Center lineup
OAKLAND, CA – Chase Center, in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Company and Levy Restaurants, announced today the addition of La Cocina and Old Skool Café to Chase Center’s food and beverage program. La Cocina, a San Francisco incubator kitchen that cultivates low-income food entrepreneurs, and Old Skool Café, a youth-run, jazz-themed supper club in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, will be integrated into Taste Makers at Chase Center, a program launched to directly benefit Bay Area businesses through networking and educational programs. Both will have their own specific outlets within Chase Center.
“La Cocina and Old Skool Café are great additions to our Taste Makers at Chase Center food and beverage program as they not only represent great cuisine from the Bay Area, but also provide youth, female and minority entrepreneurs with opportunities to further their businesses,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “We are also excited to add additional only-in-the-Bay Area suppliers and restaurants to our group of local food providers that we know our fans will love when Chase Center opens next year.”
In addition to La Cocina and Old Skool, three local restaurants and five specialty vendors have also been invited to have a presence at Chase Center, which may include operating a specialty food cart, contributing items for premium menus and special catering events, and/or selling their unique snacks and sweets at designated areas inside the arena. These new partners are:
- Sarap Shop: Feel-good Filipino flavors for vegans and omnivores alike
- Omakase Restaurant Group: Live Sushi and Dumpling Time
- Chef BOUG: Crab cake po’boys and other soulful fare from Bayview Chef Tiffany Carter
- CC Made: Artisanal caramel popcorn from Cassandra Chen, a member of Working Solutions Group and Chase Entrepreneurs of Color Program
- Earl’s Brittle: The “world’s tastiest peanut brittle,” made by Bayview resident and passionate advocate Earl Shaddix
- Yvonne’s Southern Sweets: Mouthwatering Southern sweets from Bayview resident Yvonne Hines
- Sugar and Spun: An unconventional spin on cotton candy from a member of Working Solutions Group and Chase Entrepreneurs of Color Program
- Five Dot Ranch: Beef raised with care and with no antibiotics or artificial hormones on Northern California pastures
“[T]hey’re bringing some soul to food options.”
— Tiffany Carter, aka Chef BOUG, in “Warriors Go All-local in Picking Food Options for New Arena,” San Francisco Chronicle
Chase Center naming rights partner, JPMorgan Chase, is bringing together Working Solutions, ICA Fund Good Jobs and Pacific Community Ventures to help San Francisco entrepreneurs of color start, stay and grow in the city as part of their Chase Entrepreneurs of Color Program. The collaborative, which won JPMorgan Chase’s PRO Neighborhoods competition, will provide loans and technical assistance for start-ups and small businesses. The fund will also work closely with the new Chase Center to generate business opportunities and local economic growth including within the Taste Makers at Chase Center program.
In May of 2017, the Warriors, Chase Center, Bon Appétit Management Company and Levy Restaurants announced five “only in the Bay Area” food experiences that will be available inside Chase Center. Adding to the list and rounding out the final six iconic restaurants is Tony G’s Pizza, from famed local pizza maker Tony Gemignani — the first American and non-Neapolitan to win the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy.
The full line-up of restaurants with their own stands inside Chase Center include:
- Bakesale Betty
- San Francisco’s Tacolicious
- Sam’s Chowder House of Half Moon Bay
- The exclusive Hot Dog Bill’s Burger Dog, previously available only to members at San Francisco’s Olympic Club Golf Course
- In homage to the Warriors’ history and late NBA Hall-of-Famer Nate Thurmond, Chase Center will revive his acclaimed Big Nate’s BBQ
- Tony G’s Pizza
“I’m very proud to be partnering with these amazing food entrepreneurs to bring the best flavors of the Bay Area — and of Bayview-Hunters Point — to the Chase Center and to Warriors fans,” said Bon Appétit CEO and cofounder Fedele Bauccio.
About Chase Center
Chase Center is a 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena, set to open in the Fall of 2019, which will anchor an 11-acre mixed-use, privately financed complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Chase Center will play host to Warriors basketball, concerts, cultural events, family shows, convention activities, and more, totaling nearly 200 events a year. The sports and entertainment district will include two office buildings and 29 unique retail locations, along with 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space.
Media contact: Lisa Goodwin, [email protected], (510) 986-2253
About Bon Appétit Management Co.
Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an on-site restaurant company operating 1,000-plus locations in 33 states for corporations, universities, and museums as well as the San Francisco public restaurants The Commissary, Arguello, Public House, STEM Kitchen and Garden, and Foundry & Lux. Bon Appétit chefs cook from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. The Palo Alto–based food service company is a recognized industry leader in environmentally and socially responsible practices, with awards from organizations including the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Acterra, James Beard Foundation, and many others.
Media contact: Bonnie Powell, [email protected], (650) 798-8022
Founded in 1978, Levy pioneered premium sports and entertainment dining and remains one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies. Named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine, Levy’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants, iconic sports and entertainment venues, and convention centers as well as the Grammy Awards, PGA Championship, US Open Tennis Tournament, Kentucky Derby, and NHL, MLB, NBA All-Star Games, and has been named 2015 NHL Retailer of the Year. For more, visit www.levyrestaurants.com.