Capone’s Speakeasy Comin’ to Park

Capone’s Speakeasy is set to open at Park Street and Central in early April, developers say.

The aim is to give Bay Area residents “an intriguing new nightlife option. Executive Chef Nicholas Koliopoulos plans to prepare Modern American cuisine small-plate foods. Brunch will also be served on Sunday.

Complementing this cuisine will be a “robust selection of contemporary, classic and signature cocktails, a California-centric wine list, a dozen mostly small producer beers, live music (jazz and light rock on Saturdays), DJ entertainment (Thursdays and Fridays), a dance floor, and staff adorned in period dress (think flappers and men in vests). This sets the stage for a vibrant night out in a locale evocative of a 1920s speakeasy,” organizers say.

Chef Koliopoulos, most recently at the Ranch at Little Hills in San Ramon and Auburn James Tasting Room in Danville, grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Laney College with a Culinary Arts degree. Working with him will be General Manager Julie Ferrantino, who is known for her work at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont and Paradise Grill in Castro Valley.

Highlights of the 85-seat dining room, being designed by architect Kevin Gregory and interior designer Naomie Wert, will include 72-foot long wood-topped bar. Capone’s will also have a private dining venue inside a bank vault that can accommodate 24 seated guests, plus a second floor balcony VIP room.

One of the friends of a principal investor in the restaurant coincidentally is the owner of Al Capone’s 1932 V-12 Packard automobile and Capone’s 133-foot yacht. The vessel, docked in Alameda, will be used to host parties and Bay excursions in conjunction with restaurant related special events.

Janet Levaux