If you haven't been to the San Pedro Square Market over the past 4 or 5 weeks, then you are missing out. The area has been on fire lately, easily matching or exceeding the density of people at Santana Row. Three new eateries opened up: Konjoe (Asain-American fusion burgers), Bray Butcher Block (meat sandwiches and comfort food), and SP2... The Market's new flagship anchor restaurant.
SP2 is owned by two serial restaurateurs from SF that are branching out to the South Bay. One of them has even purchased a house in San Jose plans to really be a part of the San Jose community. They are basically taking the best of the SF restaurant scene and bringing it to the heart of Downtown San Jose.
The atmosphere is chic, modern, and unpretentious. There is a massive communal table and mcuh of the furniture was custom-made specifically for the restaurant. Total square-footage is epic, about a third the size of the entire San Pedro Square Market. The indoor portion is 6,000 SQFT while the patio clocks in at 3,500 SQFT (and it partially connects to the Market courtyard).
The bistro-style menu offers 100% organic and locally sourced food. As for the bar, they make everything for the cocktails, including all of the juices and even the bitters. The quality and attention to detail should be up there with Singelbarrel. Based on the Yelp reviews so far, they are killing it across the board with the menu, drinks, and the ambiance.
SP2 is exactly the type of place Downtown needs. It's will help accelerate what is already happening, turning Downtown into a true destination that attracts people from across Silicon Valley, much like what Santana Row has already accomplished. If the standing-room only crowd at the Market this past weekend was any indication, this is likely going to happen by the end of the year.
Also, the owners have already stated that if SP2 is a success, they will open more restaurants in Downtown San Jose. Looking at the response so far, I think this is a very likely scenario.
Source: HMG, SVBJ