Some new things in downtown San Jose
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
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.
It's actually called "The Farmer's Union", here's their menu:
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.
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)
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.