Daniel Patterson and Alta Group have partnered with chef/co-owner Nigel Jones of Oakland’s Kingston 11 Cuisine to open Kaya, a community-oriented restaurant featuring modern Jamaican dishes grounded in tradition and prepared with pristine California ingredients.
Opening in early 2018 in the Mid-Market space that was formerly the original location of Alta, Kaya is Nigel’s first restaurant in San Francisco proper. Named for Bob Marley and the Wailer’s sixth album, Kaya represents the irie feelings cultivated when people gather around a table in community. Kaya will offer a distinct experience from Kingston 11 while still retaining the lively and social vibe that has made Kingston a beloved destination for Oakland locals since its opening in 2013.
Alta Group bar director Aaron Paul has collaborated with the Kaya team on a rum-based beverage program to complement Nigel's soulful menu.
Nigel Jones is a restaurant entrepreneur committed to sharing the rich foods of his native Jamaica while creating sustainable opportunities for people of color. He is the visionary, chef, co-owner and general manager behind Oakland’s beloved Kingston 11, a thriving Jamaican restaurant he opened in 2013.
He learned from his grandmother how to cook in the traditional Jamaican style. Migrating to the Bronx, New York to be with his mother as a teenager, he learned how to host great parties and make everyone feel at home. He never strayed far from these roots and after 25 years in the fashion industry, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of bringing the Jamaican style of cooking and hospitality to the Bay Area.
Nigel launched Kingston 11 as a pop-up restaurant in Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” in 2010. It quickly became known among locals for the destination for Caribbean food and irie vibes. So popular was the pop-up, Nigel and his partner Adrian Henderson opened a more permanent location in Uptown Oakland just three years later. Nigel has grown the restaurant to become a destination for Oaklanders who value community and rich Jamaican flavors. With every endeavor, Nigel seeks to create opportunities for people of color often left behind by economic development, showcase the talents of our community, and provide people healthy, organic foods cooked in a nourishing home-style way.