Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 2016 Downtown Dimension Highlights

Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension:
  • Several restaurant owners are "doubling down" in Downtown San Jose with multiple locations and concepts, sometimes right next door to one another. Some examples are:
    • Original Gravity and Paper Plane
    • Phonomenal Noodle and On the Flipside
    • Chacho's and Deluxe
    • Oni Mexicatessen and Loteira Taco Bar
    • B2 Coffee and Social Policy (opening this month)
    • Konjoe Burger and Konjoe Tei
  • Four new art crosswalks and one intersection design hit the streets to delight Downtown pedestrians:
    • SoFA's 25-foot-by-20-foot abstract at the intersection of South First and San Salvador
    • San Pedro art crosswalks on San Pedro Street (there are two of them)
    • Paseo de San Antonio art crosswalks (two here as well book-ending the Paseo)
  • WeWork has leased 75,000 SQFT for shared co-working office space at 75 E. Santa Clara Street.
  • TechShop is moving to the former Zanotto's store at 38 S. Second Street.
  • The SoFA Market has two new businesses. Vitamina with a roster of healthy smoothies and sandwiches, and Milk & Wood with gourmet gelato popsicles.
  • With development proposals for the Diridon Area, the city is studying how to improve the "Confluence Area of Guadalupe River Park" to better prepare for growth. This includes potentially adding bocce courts, a dog park, skateboard park, cafe, outdoor stage, second bridge, measured walking loops, better lighting, more benches, and better transit access.
  • The Children's Discovery Museum was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Super Bowl's "50 Fund" to help build a new 27,500 SQFT outdoor space scheduled to open in spring 2017.
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