New restaurant in Port’s Jack London Square serving Oakland-Bay Area sourced food

Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 7, 2015

New restaurant in Port’s Jack London Square serving Oakland-Bay Area sourced food

Steel Rail Café: casual, celebrates spirit of Oakland waterfront

Oakland, CA – December 7, 2015: Located in the Port of Oakland’s Jack London Square, Steel Rail Café is open and serving fresh, Oakland-Bay Area food and beverages. The new restaurant at 439 Water St. is owned by Temoor Noor, Steve Sparkes, and Effie Speigler.

“Effie, Steve and I created this café as a welcome place for the community to eat, drink and celebrate the spirit of Oakland at the waterfront.” Said Mr. Noor, who comes from a family of designers, entrepreneurs and chefs, “This is a casual venue where no one has to dress up.”

The restaurant serves pastries and coffee weekday mornings, Monday through Friday, lunch, drinks after work and weekend brunch. The café has menu options for children.

“We focus on serving our customers premium quality food and beverages from companies in Oakland and the Bay Area.” Said Partner Effie Speigler who is also the Sports & Entertainment Executive Chef at the Stadium in Oakland, “For example we serve pastries from Lee’s Bakery and beverages from Viola Juice, both in Oakland, and we use produce from Berkeley Bowl.”

A comfortable outdoor patio is customer and dog friendly with extensive hours from
8am -7pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be special holiday hours in December and early January:
Thursday, December 24 from 9am – 3pm
Friday, Christmas Day, December 25 – CLOSED
Saturday, Boxing Day, December 26 from 9am – 3pm
Friday, New Year’s Day, January 1- BRUNCH from 9am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday, January 2 & 3 – regular weekend brunch from 9am – 1 pm; open until 6pm 

About Steel Rail Café:
Steel rails have played an important role in Oakland since the late 1800’s when west Oakland became the ending point of the Transcontinental Railroad. These rails ensured that goods and services were delivered into the heart of the community, bringing with them growth and opportunity. The workers along the rail ways helped shape our local community and our nation. Steel Rail is a café that honors Oakland’s storied past and celebrates the people of Oakland in the heart of Jack London Square. We created Steel Rail as a welcome place for the entire community, to eat, drink, share and unwind. Steel Rail celebrates the spirit of Oakland. Fresh. Local. Oakland.

About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at


Robert Bernardo,
Communications Manager
Port of Oakland
(510) 627-1401

Marilyn Sandifur,
Port Spokesperson
Port of Oakland
(510) 627-1193

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