About Second Act

Second Act Marketplace and Events is a neighborhood public space. The marketplace includes five retail businesses bringing a fresh vision of food and beverages, and a venue that showcases events, which is also available for rent.

Second Act’s Marketplace uses fresh and sustainable ingredients to create healthy, delicious and fun dishes and drinks.

Our History


The mission of Second Act’s marketplace is to bring small businesses to the forefront through a shared space.

Volcano Kimchi

Aruna Lee started Volcano Kimchi looking for a way to engage her passion for healthy and organic food. Traditional kimchi does not involve tons of salt, sugar or MSG. Volcano Kimchi will offer a variety of foods that features its signature kimchi. The menu will include things like bibimbap, which is rice topped with a variety of pickled or sautéed vegetables, homemade Korean chili paste, egg and meat or tofu.


In Search Of…

Second Act knows there is someone out there who can step into the space and become yet another vibrant market partner, bringing delicious food to the neighborhood.  If you, or anyone you know, has a business that would fit into Second Act, please let us know!  We are looking for an already existing small catering, pop-up or food truck business that wants to take a step into brick and mortar, or a business that is looking for an additional location for expansion.

AйDa Piroshki

AйDa Piroshki, created by Anna Tvelova, provides Russian food like mama used to make. Serving up Russia’s specialties made with local ingredients, include piroshki, borscht, and kompot. AйDa Piroshki makes it easy to enjoy a piece of home on-the-go.

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Burma Bear

Started in 2013 as a passion project, Burma Bear began as a Bay Area pop-up serving California-style barbecue perfectly paired with traditional Burmese cuisine. Burma Bear is known for all natural Baby Back Ribs with its signature BBQ sauce, Tea Leaf Salad and Burmese Tomato Salad. Second Act is saying goodbye to Hubert and the team as of August 1st. Please visit their Oakland location.

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BULKA Bakery

When Tatiana Kasatkina was young, her fondest memories was baking every weekend with her mother. When Tatiana immigrated to the U.S. 10 years ago she started to cook and bake. BULKA Bakery first started as a pop-up that had great success. From blinis (Russian crepes) to borscht and new Russian-inspired treats being added to the menu regularly. Bulka Bakery also blended up delicious smoothies.

Event Space

Second Act’s event space is available for movies, live music, comedy shows, classes and community meetings. The venue has a 49-seat capacity and includes excellent AV equipment, flexible seating and a friendly staff that will help you plan and run your event.



Banquet Room

Event Specs

  • Former site of an iconic San Francisco landmark
  • 49 seated capacity
  • 750 square feet for your guests to mingle
  • Up to 49 people or as few as 10
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Projector and movie screen
  • Flexible seating
  • Catering and full beverage service available
  • Popcorn and other refreshments
  • Complete flexibility. Arrange it yourself or have us help you
  • Variable pricing for day and evening use
  • We support our local community


Upcoming Events

Second Act hosts a variety of events including, but not limited to, film screenings, comedy shows, music performances, book readings and fundraisers. Check out what’s happening!

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    JJ Schultz, California Diamonds and Trevor Childs

    Country Folk Revue!


  • 28

    Nothing’s Wrong – A Comedy Show!

    A monthly show that blends the worlds of sketch and stand up! Amazing stand up with interesting original comedy sketches.


  • 01

    Haight Ashbury Singer Songwriter Open Mic

    Acoustic open mic in the legendary Haight!


  • 04

    Citizens Church Public Gathering

    Everyone welcome!


  • 07

    The San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition – Opening Night!

    Back by popular demand! No other festival or TV show can claim to have discovered as many future comedy superstars as the annual SF Stand-Up Comedy Competition.


  • 09

    COOKING CLASS: Plant Based Cooking Basics for the New Vegan Chef

    Putting Plants In Their Place... On Your Table!


  • 14

    The San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition – Week Two

    Back by popular demand! No other festival or TV show can claim to have discovered as many future comedy superstars as the annual SF Stand-Up Comedy Competition.


  • 20

    Pictoclik Filmmaker Workshop – This Month: Post Production

    A monthly workshop focusing each time on a different aspect of film production


  • 20

    Cinema Preview Presenting The Best in Independent Film

    Featuring the best in international (as well as local!) cinema, presented by Pictoclik.


  • 21

    Monthly Experimental Music Showcase

    A monthly showcase of amazingly unforgettable visual and auditory performances