Lowney Architecture

creating neighborhood gems

creating neighborhood gems

Chow

Tony Gulisano’s Chow empire comes to Oakland after opening multiple successful locations throughout the greater East Bay and San Francisco. Offering casual comfort food and a kid-friendly menu, the long-awaited Oakland location is designed as a hybrid restaurant, bar, and grocery. Aiming to minimize the amount of food waste that is typical for restaurants, a hybrid provides the ultimate synergistic complement for curtailing the amount of food and plastic waste. The grocery area is carefully curated, spacious, and open—programmed with service counters for organic produce, dry goods, fresh meat and fish, and prepped hot and cold foods. Beer and wine are also available. The grab-and-go supply of food and libations allows patrons to enjoy their meal upstairs to the outdoor patio deck.   

The existing concrete and steel structure was renovated into a two-level lodge-inspired dining destination, complete with an upstairs patio, exposed beams, high ceilings, and wood furnishings—bringing a diverse dining experience to Oakland’s retail corridor on Piedmont Avenue.