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Study finds downtown is booming
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on Nov 14, 2011
Mountain View has an enviable success story unfolding on Castro Street, where office spaces are full and retail sales are up.
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posted Monday, November 14, 2011, 1:46 PM
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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:39 am
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"Jes' Sayin'" understates the number of restaurant closures, and yet even allowing for that, presents a gross misimpression of downtown restaurant history in recent years.
Since the reconstruction 20 years ago, about 30 downtown-area restaurants have closed (most of which I enjoyed). Partial list: 101 Club, 383, 3TA, Amanor Deli & Bakery, Austin's Texas Barbeque & Homestyle Meals, Babbo Steak & Seafood, Castro Point Global Cuisine & Wines, Castro Street Bar and Grill, Food Street Restaurant, Full House Chinese Restaurant, Global Village Cafe, Godavari, Golden Wok, Hunan Gourmet, Jacqueline's, King of Krung Siam, Minh's, New China Delight, Shanghai House / Peking Hot Pot, Spice Islands Cafe, Sue's Indian Cuisine, Szechuan Garden, Thai-Rific Thai Cuisine, Thaiphoon, Tien Fu, Twinkling Spring, Villa 08, Vivaca Grill, W. G. Grinders.
Yet in the same area over the same period, around EIGHTY new restaurants opened (including many listed above that later closed). That's a success rate FAR above industry average, and it has left our downtown a "destination" region for diners from surrounding towns, including several unique highly regarded establishments whose reputations extend far beyond MV.
Partial list of current restaurants that opened during the same period those in the previous list closed: Amber Cafe, Amici's, Barracuda, Bushido, CafĂ© Baklava, CafĂ© Yulong, Caffe Romanza, Cantankerous Fish, Cascal, Chef Xiu, Dana Street Roasting Co., Ephesus Mediterranean Cuisine, Gelayo Gusto, Ginseng Korean BBQ, Hong Kong Bistro, Hunan Chili, Kapp's Pizza Bar and Grill (soon to be renamed "191"), Los Caxcanes, Mediterranean Grill House, Morocco's, [Kappo] Nami Nami, Nichole's, Papa John's Pizza, Pasta?, Pho Garden, Pho Hoa, Sakoon, Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Shop, Scratch, Shabuway, Shalala, Shezan, Shiva's, Spica, Steakout, Sushi Tei, Tapioca Express, Tea Era, Temptations, The Kitchen Table, Vaso Azzurro, Verde Tea Cafe, Xanh, Yakko, Yoogl Yogurt Cafe, Zpizza, Zucca Ristorante.