Asian-American cocktail club Viridian starts in Oakland
Starting Tuesday in Oakland is Viridian, the town’s first explicitly Asian-American cocktail club from an all-asian ownership group.
The Uptown newcomer merges produce-driven cocktails, dim amount and Asian sweets, all in a unique, neon-lit area that networks Hong Kong New Wave filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.
“Choosing this profession course as an Asian United states is certainly not one you take gently,” said owner and bar manager William Tsui, whom most recently handled the bar at San Francisco’s two Michelin-starred restaurant Lazy Bear. In university, he had been from the medical track before dropping down. “Hospitality is really a calling.”
For Viridian, Tsui has put together a remarkable group, including their youth buddy Raymond Gee (Noodle Theory Provisions, Hakkasan) and Jeremy Chiu (Shinmai, Mina Group) — all Oakland natives. They’re accompanied by basic supervisor Alison Kwan (Lazy Bear, real Laurel), executive cook Amanda Hoang (Bird puppy) and consulting cook Alice Kim (Lazy Bear, Coi). Läs mer