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Bay Area rap icon E-40’s favorite Filipino spot just keeps growing

The Lumpia Company is slated to open at Brooklyn Basin this summer. | Courtesy flyawayoneday via Reddit

The Lumpia Company will open its ninth location this summer at Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin, a retail and residential complex and waterfront park. Though its opening date has yet to be announced, Brooklyn Basin has teased the new Filipino restaurant on its website.

Founded in 2015 by Filipino restaurateur Alex Retodo and now co-owned by East Bay rap legend E-40, the Lumpia Company’s namesake dish is a deep-fried Filipino spring roll filled with savory and sweet creations, such as bacon cheeseburger and peach-mango cobbler. The fast-casual spot also serves skewers, chicken wings and a vegan Dole whip. 

The Filipino comfort kitchen will join a growing list of local restaurateurs at the estuary development, including German bierhaus Brotzeit and Zocalo Coffee. It’s also a stone’s throw from a new Japanese railway-themed ramen automat called JR Ramen Station.  

Brooklyn Basin’s retail complex finds its home in the historic Ninth Avenue Terminal—a prewar municipal shipping terminal that stored cargo for the Port of Oakland from 1930 until 2001. Though the building was all but demolished during the redevelopment, Brooklyn Basin retains the original facade.

The Lumpia Company currently operates locations in Uptown Oakland, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Cupertino and Lafayette, as well as a food truck parked at Merkado in San Francisco and a kiosk at Oracle Park Stadium. 

The restaurant did not respond to requests for comment by publication time. 

The Lumpia Company