The Periodic Table Sake Bar Opens in Emeryville

Husband-and-wife owners Jake Freed and Hiroko Nakamura also own Shiba Ramen, next-door.


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Emeryville's Public Market has a new taproom and sake bar. 

Last month, husband-and-wife team Jake Freed and Hiroko Nakamura launched The Periodic Table adjacent to their fast-casual ramen house, Shiba Ramen. 

Lamenting the lack of taprooms hereabouts, the pair -- both of whom are Harvard-trained, PhD-bearing chemists -- also wanted to introduce East Bayites to Japanese drinking culture. 

The Periodic Table offers curated sakes, craft brews from the Bay Area and Japan, and Japanese whiskey and shochu -- to sip on-site, but also to buy in bottles. These shochus and whiskeys include Torikai, Shirayuki, Nakanaka, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and other shochus, and Akashi Grain Malt, Nikka Coffey vodka, gin, and malt, Hibiki Harmony, Suntory Toki, and more. 

The extensive sake menu includes Oyaji Gokuraku, Hakkaisan Honjyozo, Shichi Hon Yari, Kamotsuru Namakakoi, Seiden Gohhakumangoku, Yamada Shoten Everlasting Roots, Kenbishi Mizuho, Shirayuki Junma Ginjo, Sequoia Nigori, Sawa Sawa Sparkling, Kikusui Junmain Ginjo, and many more. 

Food offerings include lotus-root chips, burgers, pickles, and cheese and charcuterie plates. Ramen and pork-chashu pies can be also ordered from Shiba Ramen next-door.

Oakland-based architecture/interior design firm Arcsine designed The Periodic Table, employing ideas from Nakamura and Freed. Its blue-and-white half-hexagonal tile mosaics are arranged in a traditional Japanese tortoiseshell pattern; laser-cut oak screens echo that pattern. A half-open ceiling admits ambient light. As a nod to the owners' academic roots, the bar's logo (depicted above) is a graphic representation of the ethanol molecule. Further such nods include the bar's name itself and six hanging lamps shaped like chemistry flasks.

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