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Some new things in downtown San Jose

stravaigint Mar 24, 2013 05:22 PM

Not actually that new new anymore, but has anyone been to K zzang yet? I finally stopped to look at the pictures in the window last night. They have the usual Korean staples, but nicely presented.

There's now a cupcake cart on W Santa Clara St. When did that happen? It said "The Forge Cupcake Bar" on the side, which apparently is a custom cupcake company. Cart was outside LG Brewing Co. serving the folks on their way to the Pavilion.

I skipped in favor of my usual Eastside Horchata at Treatbot, which took me past the recently opened Chocatoo. Looks like the usual assortment of mousse cakes, not all that different from what you can get in Bijan or Cocola. Not really all that exciting (yet), but it's nice that San Pedro is filling up.

Bonus plug for B2's new location. I love that they're open nice and early on a Saturday morning (7:30am), and their mocha is still better than the one at Verve on 41st, even though they're pulling the same shot. They tell me it's the chocolate. Also, the recent barista throwdown was a lot of fun.


K zzang, 78 S 1st St San Jose, CA 95113
Treatbot the Karaoke Ice Cream Truck, 100 N Almaden Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
Chocatoo, 100 N Almaden Ave, Ste 166, San Jose, CA 95110
B2 Coffee, 87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

  1. Melanie Wong Mar 27, 2013 02:03 AM

    Thanks for the update downtown. Some links:






    1. stravaigint Apr 14, 2013 04:36 PM

      They're opening a MUJI in DTSJ this coming Tuesday:


      It's on Paseo de San Antonio, but I can't remember if it's across from the Fairmont or Bally Total Fitness.

      Let's hope they have a cafe in the basement.

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      1. re: stravaigint
        stravaigint Apr 17, 2013 08:32 AM

        I stopped by Muji last night. It's just past Bijan.

        Sadly no cafe :( I guess I can keep dreaming that one day they'll open one of these here:


        On the plus side, it's a nice store (bigger than I expected), and the lady at the counter said they had a reasonable crowd at opening and it was busy all day. Hope they do well; the area down by Philz is booming lately, and it'll be great if that continues all the way up the alley.

        1. re: stravaigint
          Melanie Wong Apr 17, 2013 09:09 AM

          Does it have packaged food items for sale? I've not been to the new one in San Francisco yet, but heard there's no food at all though one can buy kitchenware.

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            stravaigint Apr 17, 2013 11:51 AM

            Oops, should have mentioned that too: no packaged food, unfortunately. But yes, they do have kitchenware, so at least it's not completely OT...

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              stravaigint Mar 17, 2014 09:59 AM

              I went back into the SJ store a couple of weeks ago, saw a sign for snacks, thought Hey, I'll report this! and then realized that SF Weekly had already mentioned it =.=


              But here's a pic anyway. Have yet to try them.

        2. stravaigint Jul 17, 2013 03:50 PM

          There's something called "Farmers Republic" opening on the corner of W Santa Clara and San Pedro. That space has been vacant for a while, except for the occasional indoor market. They had a soft opening on Sunday, but all I could see was a bar along the back wall. I guess they'll fit right in with the Britannia Arms/Los Gatos Brewing. They open tomorrow.

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          1. re: stravaigint
            robertee Jul 17, 2013 06:51 PM

            It's actually called "The Farmer's Union", here's their menu:


            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFarmersUnionSJ

            Another place that should be opening within the next week or two is "SP2" (72 N. Almaden Ave), it's located right next to the San Pedro Square Market. They are having their soft opening tonight.

            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SP2SanJose

            A few recent openings:

            -Konjoe Burger Bar opened at the Market last week:


            -Orchestria Palm Court opened in SoFA (27 E William St



            -The Blackbird Tavern opened on the Paseo de San Antonio (across from Muji



            -Nemea Greek Taverna (96 South First Street



            1. re: robertee
              stravaigint Jul 17, 2013 09:27 PM

              Thanks for the correction and the great info!

              Y*lp reviews for Blackbird Tavern aren't promising, but I can't pass up a pork cutlet. I just made a reservation for Saturday and will report back.

              1. re: robertee
                Melanie Wong Jul 23, 2013 11:29 AM

                I'd love to see a report on Nemea. The chef was sous at Vinga (a short-lived Catalan place that I loved) and chef de cuisine at Kokkari.


            2. stravaigint Jan 27, 2014 03:09 PM

              robertee, any idea when Arepa Swing will open? Sign just says 2014. It's at the back of the second building, next to Treatbot.

              Ugh, the pic I posted is too small. Here's a sample of their arepas:

              Chicken-avocado salad, slow roasted pork leg, white fresh cheese, shredded beef, chicken stew, ricotta-style cheese, tuna salad, twice grilled.

              They'll also have soups, corn cake and juices.


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              1. re: stravaigint
                robertee Jan 27, 2014 08:48 PM

                Nope, don't know when they'll be opening....but I'm looking forward to trying it.

                Some other things that'll be opening soon:

                Nick The Greek: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nick-The-Greek/582833318437483

                First to Market: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-bring-american-regional-cuisine-to-downtown-san-jose

                Falafel Bar (at the new SoFA market): https://www.facebook.com/itsfalafel

                1. re: robertee
                  drewskiSF Jan 27, 2014 09:05 PM

                  SoFA?!? I already got those at home! ;-)

                  1. re: robertee
                    stravaigint Apr 10, 2014 07:59 AM

                    They've taken down the Arepa Swing sign. Hrm.

                    I finally tried Loteria Taco Bar - so disappointing. Will stick to the breaded halibut at Dia De Pesca

                    1. re: stravaigint
                      Natferro Apr 15, 2014 10:42 PM

                      It will open in mid May. It's in construction. That's why the signs were taken down. :-)

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