RAKIRAKI RAMEN| Authentic Japanese Ramen — OPENING LATE-JULY
Set to debut in late-July, one of San Diego’s most buzzed about ramen shops, Rakiraki Ramen will brings its authentic Japanese cuisine to Liberty Public Market. Featuring a limited selection derived from Executive Chef and Owner Junya Watanabe’s award-winning menu, Rakiraki’s newest location is modeled after Japan’s highly regarded stand-up ramen bars and will offer quick bowls and bites for guests looking for a truly authentic ramen bar experience. Alongside hand-crafted ramen, a condensed menu of fresh poke from Watanabe’s wildly successful sister concept, Pokiritto, will be available as well. www.rakirakiramen.com
“We are thrilled to bring Rakiraki Ramen to Liberty Public Market. The market has really become a hub of culinary and social activity in San Diego and we feel that adding Raki’s authentic ramen concept will further enhance the variety people love so much about the space.” – Owner and Executive Chef, Junya Watanabe.
DOUGHBALLS + CRACKHEADS | Wood-Fired Pizza + All-Day Breakfast — OPENING LATE-JULY
Entering Mess Hall, where the former Pi Bar and Grape Smuggler Bar were located, Liberty Public Market ushers in a new quick-service pizza concept, Doughballs, and an all-day breakfast bar, Crackheads. Operating under the umbrella of local restauranteur James Markham of JM Concepts (Pieology, Project Pie), Doughballs will offer a menu of signature pizza creations alongside a build-your-own option — all made-to-order in 90 seconds. In the former Grape Smuggler Bar space, Crackheads will feature a selection of egg-based breakfast sandwiches, a DIY cereal bar, and a Pop Tart ice cream station.
ROMA EXPRESS | Italian Arancini + Cannoli — OPENING LATE- JUNE
The famed Pasadena-based Italian marketplace and deli, Roma Market, first laid its groundwork in San Diego with the concept’s expansion into Escondido in 2014, followed by soon-to-open and highly anticipated Little Italy location. The first food-only concept from the family-operated business, Roma Express enters Liberty Public Market with a simple menu of the marketplace’s top selling grab-and-go items. Specializing in the Sicilian street-snack, arancinis, and cannolis, Roma Express will feature a simple menu comprised of six flavors of each specialty with an additional rotating flavor of the month, alongside a selection of housemade Italian Sodas.
HOLBROOK HOME & GIFT | Candles + Gifts — OPENING LATE-JUNE
Developed in a San Diego-based studio by Founder Courtney Radloff, Holbrook Candles are created with the idea of capturing scent memories for destinations around the world, including the homegrown San Diego candle or distant places such as French Chateau or Amalfi Coast. Holbrook Home & Gift will enter Liberty Public Market in the former Grape Smuggler Wine Shop and will be the company’s first individual brick-and-mortor, featuring stationary, turkish towels, baskets, and other handmade gifts. www.holbrookcandleco.com
*OPENING UPDATES* | Saganaki + Smoothie Rider
Sharing the former Grape Smuggler Wine Shop room with Holbrook Home & Gift, previously-announced Smoothie Rider and Saganaki by Meze are preparing to open for business for a bustling summer in Liberty Public Market.
- SMOOTHIE RIDER| Opening early-July: Sourcing locally from a discerning group of Southern California-based growers, Smoothie Rider will expand their food truck’s farm-to-cup menu to include bowls and sweet parfaits in addition to their signature, seasonally rotating menu of health-conscious and organic smoothies. www.smoothierider.com
- SAGANAKI | Opening late-June: From the owners of Mezé, the Gaslamp’s Greek Fusion restaurant, GBOD Hospitality Group prepares to open their third concept in Liberty Public Market. Saganaki will feature the classic Greek dish of fried and flambéed cheese and will also offer sweet and savory varieties of the pan-fried bite. A line-up of Mediterranean-style wraps and Greek yogurt bowls will round out the small-plate centered menu. www.gaslampmeze.com
LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET: Set in a 1920s-era naval base commissary in San Diego’s burgeoning Liberty Station neighborhood, Liberty Public Market brings nearly 30 local artisans and retailers to one open 25,000-square-foot-space. Blue Bridge Hospitality, the driving force behind this ambitious endeavor, worked to preserve the building’s historical Spanish Revival-style architecture with a variety of unique stalls offering a mix of ready-made foods and and storefronts including a produce merchant, an old-school butcher shop, a fishmonger for in-house dining and retail, as well as a vast selection of worldly eclectic cuisines, and locally-focused artisans and retailers. Liberty Public Market’s main dining room houses a full service bar, Mess Hall Bar, with a seasonal selection of craft cocktails, beer, and wine under a unique liquor license that allows guests to wander the market halls with alcoholic beverage in-hand.. Taking advantage of San Diego’s year-round sunshine, the market offers 3,000 square feet of outdoor patio space decorated with olive trees and a chef’s garden with ample picnic-style seating. Adding to the market’s farm-fresh ethos, Liberty Public Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. directly across the street in Liberty Station and showcases over 60 vendors of certified growers, specialty food purveyors, artisan craftsmen, live music and more.
Liberty Public Market is located at 2820 Historic Decatur Rd inside Liberty Station, and open daily from 11a.m. to 7p.m. Hours for specific vendors may vary. A complete list of vendors, including their specific hours of operation, and more information can be found at www.libertypublicmarket.com.