Asian-American cocktail club Viridian starts in Oakland
Starting Tuesday in Oakland is Viridian, the town’s first clearly Asian-American cocktail club from an ownership team that is all-asian.
The Uptown newcomer merges produce-driven cocktails, dim amount and Asian desserts, all in a unique, neon-lit area that channels Hong Kong brand brand New Wave filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.
“Choosing this job course as an Asian United states isn’t one you take gently,” said owner and club director William Tsui, whom most recently handled the bar at San Francisco’s two Michelin-starred restaurant Lazy Bear. In university, he had been in the medical track before dropping down. “Hospitality is really a calling.”
For Viridian, Tsui has put together a team that is impressive 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 chef Alice Kim (Lazy Bear, Coi).
The origins of Viridian started four years back, whenever my-thaiwife.com Tsui began the Tiger that is pop-up and with previous Saison club manager Samuel Houston. Like Viridian, in addition it paired cocktails with dim amount, but efforts to find a brick-and-mortar home never panned away.
The Daniel Patterson establishment that helped pioneer Oakland’s now-thriving cocktail scene while Tsui always wanted to — and still eventually wants to — open a bar in Oakland Chinatown, he couldn’t pass on the prime Uptown location formerly occupied by plum Bar. Read More