Assemble to Open (Possibly) Next Month at Historic Ford Assembly Plant in Richmond

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A rendering of the new exterior. Photo: John Holey

A new restaurant is quickly taking shape in the former BoilerHouse space, adjacent to the Craneway Pavilion, at Richmond's redeveloped Ford Assembly Plant complex. The space on the Richmond waterfront boasts dramatic views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate, and after BoilerHouse closed in December, the Contra Costa Times reported that Richard Mazzera of Cesar was stepping in to open Assemble, with partner and former Corso manager Terumi Shibata. Assemble is going to be New American, with "all kinds of regional classics, from New Orleans to cioppino, Hog Island oysters and Dungeness crab." Richmond Confidential is now saying that Assemble may open as early as February, with the new addition of outdoor seating.

Also, in a nod to the property's role in World War II and the Rosie the Riveter Museum across from the restaurant, Mazzera is planting a victory garden that will function as an Edible Schoolyard site for Richmond schools. (Mazzera was also an alum of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse, like half the other chefs and restaurateurs in the East Bay.)

We'll update you on an exact opening date when it is announced, and we're guessing it could still push past February. Stay tuned.

Cuisine from award-winning restaurant owners coming to Richmond in February [Richmond Confidential]
Earlier: Cesar's co-founder remakes Richmond's BoilerHouse [CC Times]