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17 New Restaurants are Heading to Oakland Airport

Brown Sugar Kitchen, A16, and more local spots will nourish weary travelers

Brown Sugar Kitchen’s dishes are making their way to an airport.
Tim W./Yelp

The Oakland International Airport has announced plans for a whopping 17 new food and drink spaces within its terminals — and just about all of them hail from the East Bay city.

Among the future tenants are Brown Sugar Kitchen Counter, a branch of Tanya Holland’s growing soul food emporium similar to what’s coming to the SF Ferry Building; A16 Pizzeria, presumably a pie-focused version of the Italian favorite; Tay Ho, the second location for the Chinatown Vietnamese restaurant; Calavera Taqueria & Agave Bar, an offshoot of the upscale Mexican restaurant; Southie, the casual, sandwich-focused sibling of Wood Tavern; and Cosecha Market, possibly related to the Swan’s Market staple.

And, of course, there will be drinks — early flights and delays demand them. Oakland’s Red Bay Coffee and Farley’s East will both be represented, along with the new Oaklandlandish Coffee Collective. Meanwhile, homegrown chain Peet’s Coffee will have three posts. District, the Oakland wine and cocktail bar, will open up another location, along with Luka’s Taproom & Lounge. Drake’s Brewing and Sierra Nevada will keep the beer flowing, and the Oakland A’s Club House will deliver the sports bar vibes with local pride.

It seems fitting for the Oakland Airport to up its food game, as the San Francisco International Airport is getting an exciting new food hall with Tartine, Kin Khao, and Cala.

No word yet on timeline, so stayed tuned for more details as the project progresses.