Emeryville Public Market continues to grow its offerings, expanding its appeal beyond a “food court” experience and into a place where diners might want to linger for a drink. To that end, The Periodic Table opened September 1 (though it plans a grand opening on September 15), offering a taproom and sake bar with bar snacks.
It’s the sibling of adjacent Shiba Ramen, from chemists and married couple Jake Freed and Hiroko Nakamura, focused on the drinking culture of Japan. The name is a droll reference to the duo’s science background, which is also included in the design details by design firm Arcsine. Lights shaped like chemistry flasks, shelving referencing the periodic table of elements, and geometric patterns are found throughout the 18-seat space; to really drive the concept home, the restaurant’s logo is an illustration of the ethanol (alcohol) molecule.
Shiba Ramen will provide larger-scale food to drinkers next door, though Periodic Table’s menu includes items like the TPT burger, served on sesame pain au lait with yuzu kosho mayo, shiso, griddled onions, and slaw. Snackier items like a pickle plate, lotus root chips, and chashu pie (pastry stuffed with miso pork) are the main draw.
There’ll also be a rotating selection of beers on tap, cans and bottles of Japanese beers, and an extensive list of small bottles (180 ml to 300 ml) of sake. Shochu cocktails and Japanese whisky help to set Periodic Table apart from its neighbors, which mainly include fast-casual, boozeless spots like Koja Kitchen, and Nyum Bai. Bottles and cans will be available for retail purchase as well.
The Periodic Table is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.