Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

Oakland, CA

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe, a popular Emeryville diner, has deep roots in the punk rock scene and boasts a loyal local following since 2002. When the owners of Rudy’s were looking to expand to their second location in the historic Oakland Fox Theater, Arcsine Architecture was brought
onto the design team to continue the Rudy’s brand. The new Uptown scene would necessitate some adaptation of the original diner feel.

Arcsine worked closely with the client and interior designer, Rika Nakanishi, to renovate the 4,200 sqft space to include a VIP diner car, a large central bar, and 120 person dining capacity. Arcsine managed the project starting from the schematic design phase and continuing through to construction administration, coordinating with the large team of consultants and the City of Oakland. The resulting establishment maintains the fl avor of the original location, while embracing its new context.