Award-Winning Chef Charles Phan to Open The Slanted Door at City Center Bishop Ranch

Mendocino Farms, C CASA and Athleta Amongst Growing Roster of Tenants

San Ramon, Calif. (May 21, 2018) – City Center Bishop Ranch today announced that The Slanted Door – the nationally acclaimed Vietnamese cuisine-inspired restaurant owned and operated by Charles Phan in San Francisco will open a new location at the 300,000-square-foot dining, shopping and entertainment destination.

“The Slanted Door is one of the finest restaurants in the country and is being lured by so many projects – we consider it an extreme complement that they have chosen to join in our vision to build a truly outstanding project,” said Alexander Mehran Jr., president and chief operating officer of Sunset Development Company, developer of City Center. “Charles Phan is an innovative chef with an international point of view. His appreciation for design and architecture adds to the experience in all of his restaurants.”

Indeed, online reviews for The Slanted Door are over-the-top enthusiastic, with diners claiming to have made trips from other countries to visit San Francisco solely for the dining experience at Phan’s wildly popular restaurant.

The 7,500-square-foot space at City Center is encased in four sides made entirely of glass. It will be, in essence, a restaurant in a “glass box,” in keeping with the project’s overall design. All of the restaurant’s operations – including dual cook-lines, bar, chef’s counter and the food prep area – will be in plain view of guests. A generous patio will extend out to the adjacent piazza. The restaurant will be designed by Lundberg Design.

“I have many customers who live and work in the Tri-Valley area who are excited that we will be opening at City Center Bishop Ranch,” said Phan, who originally opened The Slanted Door in the Mission District of San Francisco in 1995. “Renzo Piano’s contemporary design is what attracted me to City Center and we are creating a unique space that will draw customers in from all sides.”

Phan’s flagship location is in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. His most recent Bay Area venture is Rice & Bones, a fast casual restaurant that opened in Berkeley last year.

In addition to The Slanted Door, City Center Bishop Ranch’s diverse tenant lineup will include the following:

  • C CASA, a Napa-based taqueria serving eco-friendly and innovative gourmet Mexican fare including unique tacos, salads and rotisserie meats.
  • MIXT, which offers fresh, locally-sourced salads, grain bowls, and market plates that taste delicious and make you feel good. From sprout to plate, MIXT is all about offering smart, healthy, real food to fuel busy lifestyles.
  • Mendocino Farms, the chef-driven sandwich and salad concept, which brings a seasonally focused menu, premium locally sourced ingredients, and thoughtfully designed restaurant details to create a welcome neighborhood gathering place.
  • Trader, a local store catering to the worldly adventurer. Inspired by the traveler seeking the next hill to climb, Trader will offer goods and gear to get you there, and get you there in style.
  • the piece. store, which offers a carefully and uniquely curated selection of women’s clothing and accessories, including shoes, belts, handbags, and casual and fine jewelry. A slice of city shopping where you can find the perfect “piece” from collections handpicked from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and beyond.
  • Athleta, the premier fitness apparel brand exclusively for women and girls. Owned by Gap Inc., Athleta creates versatile and fashionable performance and lifestyle apparel for a range of activities from yoga to swim, strength training and more.

“City Center will offer something valuable you can’t find online – the human connection. It’s more important than ever to create a place where memories are made, and where dining, shopping, art and culture – and most important of all, people – come together,” said Mehran.

These new additions will join City Center anchors THE LOT and Equinox, and other dining and retail tenants including, Boba Guys, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Ramen Hiroshi, Roam Artisan Burgers, M, a new venture by fashion supermodel Maggie Rizer, Alys Grace, a Bay Area-based upscale women’s clothing boutique, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and West Elm. City Center is scheduled to open in fall 2018.

City Center Bishop Ranch is designed by the acclaimed Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Headquartered in Paris, France, Renzo Piano is an internationally renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect. Among his many admired works are the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, The Shard in London, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and the Whitney Museum in New York City. BAR Architects, based in San Francisco, is the projects architect of record.

About City Center Bishop Ranch
City Center Bishop Ranch is a reinvention of the suburban shopping center model in which community, culture and commerce converge. Located in the heart of Bishop Ranch, City Center Bishop Ranch features 300,000 square feet of visionary downtown retail, dining and entertainment experiences, and will be anchored by THE LOT, a 10-screen luxury cinema, and Equinox, a luxury whole-body personal fitness, training and yoga center. The center is scheduled to open in fall 2018.

City Center Bishop Ranch is owned and operated by Sunset Development Company.

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