Public Market Emeryville Welcomes Popular Pizza Bar With Opening of HOT ITALIAN

Public Market’s owner TMG Partners sees momentum build as HOT ITALIAN joins recently opened Guitar Center in the increasingly destination-oriented complex

San Francisco, March 26, 2012 – TMG Partners and Rockwood Capital, owners of Public Market Emeryville, are pleased to announce the opening of HOT ITALIAN pizza and panini bar in the multi-use complex located at 5959 Shellmound Street. After its successful first location in Sacramento, HOT ITALIAN opens its second restaurant in Emeryville as part of TMG’s broader renovation of the 14-acre Public Market complex into an environmentally sustainable, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.

Combining Italy’s food and arts culture with an urban California sensibility, the popular pizza bar HOT ITALIAN adds a high-concept, yet casual dining experience to the Public Market’s offerings. HOT ITALIAN, along with newly opened Guitar Center and forthcoming Urban Outfitters, will anchor Public Market, which has become known for its international food court of 20 independent, local food proprietors.

“TMG is thrilled to bring such a unique and winning restaurant as HOT ITALIAN to Public Market Emeryville,” says TMG Partner Denise Pinkston. “Office workers and the local community have known about the gem that is Public Market for years. With TMG’s renovation here attracting exciting businesses such as HOT ITALIAN, Public Market Emeryville is becoming a real destination for families, for the creative class, for foodies and for anyone who enjoys a diverse Bay Area experience.”

“When we were searching for a location, my business partner Fabrizio and I wanted a unique place that could offer the same New Urbanist principles we have at our Midtown location in California’s Capital City,” says HOT ITALIAN founder and creative director Andrea Lepore. “Walkability, mixed-use and diversity, connectivity, quality architecture and urban design, high-density, bicycle and scooter parking – the Public Market community offered all these elements.”

Public Market Emeryville was the first project in the country to achieve Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system. It was also awarded a California Catalyst gold level grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. According to TMG, the firm remains committed to environmentally sustainable design and practices for its continuing transformation of the14-acre mixed-use complex. Future plans include electric vehicle charging stations, solar carports, high bicycle parking ratios, storm water planters and more.


About Public Market Emeryville
Located at the gateway of the East Bay and San Francisco region, Public Market Emeryville is located at the intersection of three major freeways and is easily accessible by public transportation. Emeryville has emerged over the last decade as a centerpiece for destination retail, corporate headquarters, and dense urban housing that have attracted some of the country’s most creative, sophisticated and cultured business people and residents. Public Market is among the most recognizable destinations in the Bay Area, known for its eclectic mix of tenants and historical buildings that add character and charm. A departure from the ordinary, Public Market is unique in its concept atmosphere and tenants, appealing to its culture savvy population. For more information, visit:

About TMG Partners
TMG Partners, a privately held California corporation headquartered in San Francisco, is a full-service real estate development company. TMG focuses exclusively on urban infill projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last 27 years, TMG has developed approximately 20 million square feet of office, research and development, for-sale, and multi-family residential and retail projects, and more than 400 acres of land, with a portfolio valuation in excess of $3 billion. To learn more, visit

About Rockwood Capital LLC
Rockwood Capital is a privately held real estate investment firm with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and White Plains, N.Y., and is currently managing more than $4.8 billion of real estate. For more information, visit

Tutto e possibile, the belief that “anything is possible” connected the two passionate, thirty-something founders of HOT ITALIAN–one from an Italian-American family of artists and the other, an artistic pizzaiolo from the Italian Riviera. Andrea Lepore’s and Fabrizio Cercatore’s HOT ITALIAN blends Italy’s new generation of art, music, sport, food and wine with the urban California lifestyle. The flagship location in California’s Capital City at 16&Q Midtown was the first LEED Certified restaurant in the region, also earning the League of American Bicyclists Bronze Award as a “Bicycle Friendly Business,” the first restaurant in California to achieve this honor. Find more at

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