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Downtown Los Altos is getting a massive food hall

Uploaded: Feb 4, 2020
San Francisco has the Ferry Building. San Jose, the San Pedro Square Market. Napa, the Oxbow Market.

And soon, the Peninsula will have its own food hall.

State Street Market, a two-story, 33,000-square-foot building, is currently under construction at 160 and 170 State St. in downtown Los Altos. Local developer Los Altos Community Investments, which was founded by Anne Wojcicki (the co-founder and CEO of 23andMe), is behind the project. The company declined to comment on the record at this time.


The two-story Spanish-style building at the corner of State and Third streets in downtown Los Altos is being rebuilt into a food hall. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Plans submitted to the city show an interior and exterior remodel for a mixed-use food hall and market. The 16,505-square-foot ground floor will include a coffee bar, ice cream shop, ramen bar, raw bar, teaching kitchen, a bar, restaurant and something called "healthy bowl," according to the project plans. On the second floor, which is office space, there will also be a fitness area, lounge and meeting rooms, according to the plans.


A rendering of State Street Market submitted to the City of Los Altos. Courtesy Gensler design firm.

In 2018, Wojcicki told the Los Altos Town Crier that she envisioned the project as a gathering place with "food and fun" for the Los Altos community.

"I really think of this as being a very open, multigenerational spot where there’s a lot of variety and fun," she said. "You want people just hanging out in town, you can get food, you have stuff you can do, you can meet your friends – it's a hub with social activity."

The company owns numerous downtown Los Altos properties, with food tenants including Bumble, Tin Pot Creamery, Manresa Bread and Asa Restaurant. Since starting Los Altos Community Investments in 2010, Wojcicki has invested in the city of Los Altos with "strategic long-term investments that ignite growth and vitality in the downtown," the company's website reads.

This story was updated to correct the total square footage of the State Street building.
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 +   67 people like this
Posted by Jen , a resident of another community,
on Feb 4, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Sounds absolutely wonderful! I'm so pleased to hear that the project is moving forward. Love the idea of a place to go like the Oxbow Market. And, this hopefully will be a great place for all generations- even teenagers!!


 +   19 people like this
Posted by Building Was Better As Lindenwood Bookstore, a resident of Los Altos,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 10:29 am

>>> Sounds absolutely wonderful!

^^^sounds absolutely HORRID...another log jam of cars & diners cluttering up a quiet downtown area.

Have you ever been to that San Pedro Square Market near the San Jose courthouse?
No convenient parking (except for the humongous multi-tiered parking garages), a very loud dining noise environment, food not all that great.

OK for serving downtown office and court diners but major traffic snarling on two-way streets with only parallel parking options.

from the Weekly article...

" Since starting Los Altos Community Investments in 2010, Wojcicki has invested in the city of Los Altos with "strategic long-term investments that ignite growth and vitality in the downtown," the company's website reads."

^^^BS...LACI & Wojcicki just want to turn a quiet downtown area into another Palo Alto/Mountain View style dining hellhole.

Don't people think about anything else besides stuffing down food & making petty small talk over designer H20, coffees and/or wine/beers?

What's the next target town for one of these mega-dining crapholes...Carmel by the Sea, Tiburon, Malibu et al?




 +   16 people like this
Posted by Eleanor Field, a resident of another community,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 10:46 am

Los Altos badly needs to restore of the simple treasures that have disappeared in the past few years. Lindenwood Bookstore was a feast of one-of-a-kind items, some long out-of-print. (Its successor up the street just carries standard-issue children's series that cost less online.)

The Main Street Cafe is another. It accommodated small groups for informal meetings and neighborhood notices in a relaxed space. The over-priced restaurants that have been established in the past few years are cramped and noisy. Given the high rents, relaxed spaces are relics of the past, but without resources that support community needs, Los Altos is simply one more soul-less suburb.


 +   33 people like this
Posted by Dave Perrino, a resident of Los Altos Hills,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 11:20 am

I have been wondering what they were planning for that structure. This is great news! Hopefully it will include specialty shops for ethnic foods,meats, cheeses,organic vegetables, etc.

Looking forward to seeing how this works out.


 +   26 people like this
Posted by Super Cool!, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 11:45 am

Glad to see the progress.A used to be such a boring, no reason to go to town.


 +   15 people like this
Posted by Fitz Clark, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Let's hope there's some decent Thai or Chinese food as these are lacking in Downtown Los Altos.


 +   18 people like this
Posted by Bill, a resident of Mountain View,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 12:37 pm

I am a foodie. More great places to stuff my face and work on a new BMI record! Love to see the great places opening in our area.


 +   32 people like this
Posted by @Building Was Better, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 12:44 pm

@Building Was Better is a registered user.

Calling downtown MV a "hellhole" may be a tad overdramatic, yes?

Seems written by someone who has never seen an actual inner city and covers her furniture with doilies. Good god, and now these cretins want to drink coffee and alcohol? In Los Altos? What is the world coming to?


 +   13 people like this
Posted by John, a resident of Los Altos,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Sounds like an excuse to get permits to build profitable office space on 2nd floor instead of housing.


 +   30 people like this
Posted by Los Altos is the Relic, a resident of Midtown,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Los Altos is the only downtown I can think of that is dead by 7 PM. What a depressing downtown. These people who decry that their favorites no longer exist don't seem to understand that businesses cannot survive without foot traffic in a downtown. Kudos to this person for having a vision.


 +   32 people like this
Posted by I like Los Altos, a resident of Barron Park,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Grown-ups go there instead of drunken college students, and there's nobody shooting up drugs in the parks or hitting you on the head and stealing your stuff as you go back to your car.

When I miss being yelled at by a crazy homeless person, a la Lower Market Street in SF, I head to University Avenue.


 +   11 people like this
Posted by Shelly, a resident of Barron Park,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 3:46 pm

How about you get some REAL gelato in there, like Italian GROM, certainly not that tin pot way-too-rich stuff and other imposters. Be interested to see if this is REALLY GOING TO BE LIKE THE FERRY BUILDING or just some suburban Drek. Please bring the good stuff.


 +   9 people like this
Posted by Not Excited, a resident of another community,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 4:28 pm

It sounds like a Bumble-ized food court.


 +   13 people like this
Posted by Building Was Better As Lindenwood Bookstore, a resident of Los Altos,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 4:31 pm

>>> Glad to see the progress.A used to be such a boring, no reason to go to town.

^ At one time downtown Los Altos was a cool place to go grab evening cocktails...Mac's Tea Room (with a piano bar) for the old timers & the Main Street Bar & Grill (later Los Altos bar & Grill) for the younger crowd.

>>> Calling downtown MV a "hellhole" may be a tad overdramatic, yes?

^ Concurring, but downtown MV isn't all that attractive either.

>>> When I miss being yelled at by a crazy homeless person, a la Lower Market Street in SF, I head to University Avenue.

^ Or the Tenderloin in SF. Expanding downtown Los Altos to accommodate hordes of out-of-town diners/drinkers will also attract more transients.

Los Altos has been pretty successful in keeping out the homeless. When this mega Food Court is completed, Los Altos will become just like another downtown MV or PA with loads of foot traffic (aka jay-walkers) & cars.. *ugh*


 +   19 people like this
Posted by whocares, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:13 pm

>Los Altos is the only downtown I can think of that is dead by 7 PM.

I guess that you are technically correct, but only because Menlo Park is dead by 6.
I would kill to have Manresa, State of Mind, etc here in Menlo.


 +   34 people like this
Posted by Perfect, a resident of Los Altos,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:39 pm

This looks terrific. Huge improvement.
As someone who grew up here since the early 60's, I'm excited to see these changes, and remember dears, everything changes. That's what life is about.
Enjoy what you have when you have it and when it's gone, don't be bitter, love what is next. Life is a series of turning pages. We need to enjoy the whole book and not be sad that another story line has started on the next page.


 +   14 people like this
Posted by There was no golf cart to shuttle him to the square, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Building was better says:

“Have you ever been to that San Pedro Square Market near the San Jose courthouse?
No convenient parking (except for the humongous multi-tiered parking garages), a very loud dining noise environment, food not all that great. "

A multistory parking structure across the street not convenient for you? There are also metered parking on the streets around the market.. my advise- don't go there anymore.


 +   13 people like this
Posted by Online Name, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Online Name is a registered user.

Glad this is happening but Los Altos has added quite a few good restaurants in the past few years -- Cetrella, ASA, Urfa, Rustic House, Log Cabin Pho etc etc. -- and still has some good old-fashioned breakfast places. Their farmers market is late Thurs. afternoon / early evening.

Menlo Park is hardly dead, with Bistro Vida, Yum Cha's Chinese, Left Bank, Galata Bridge (Turkish), various Italian places. Unfortunately they're building a BUGE office / mixed use building right next to Ace Hardware.

But at least both towns still have parking and hence are convenient if you're meeting people.


 +   6 people like this
Posted by Member, a resident of Gunn High School,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 10:37 pm

the fitness center, conference rooms and offices are all private and not for the public.
the food hall stations are all going to be staffed by a mega corporation catering company, NOT individual restaurants or families.
retail will be limited to a few spots for select vendors, such as a meat market and yet another bakery...


 +   11 people like this
Posted by Los Altos food!!, a resident of Monta Loma,
on Feb 5, 2020 at 11:11 pm

If you've never been to Tre Monte then you're missing out on one of the most authentic Italian/Calabrian restaurants on the Peninsula. Their food is seriously amazing. Have referred many friends and they all agree.


 +   14 people like this
Posted by Tod ford, a resident of Green Acres,
on Feb 6, 2020 at 3:13 am

They keep trying. God bless them....cool idea.... thanks for reporting it. they also helped our friend start her flower shop....downtown Los Altos has great parking and access from foothill and the city is trying to build more housing. Traffic for restaurants is slim.... Los Altos is lucky to have someone willing to look past the money and trying to keep the retail and restaurant going in the face of retail end times...this yearning for the past masked ny traffic and transient concerns is silly and sad....rich person version of the conspiracy theory. With real estate so expensive the subsidy should appreciated..


 +   8 people like this
Posted by Can't wait for the crowds to die down, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Feb 6, 2020 at 9:44 am

There's always two waiting periods for me when I'm looking fwd to a cool new spot.
First the waiting for the opening, then the waiting for the hype customers to go away. After things settle down I look fwd to checking it out!


 +   7 people like this
Posted by @ Can't wait for crowds to die down, a resident of Mountain View,
on Feb 6, 2020 at 11:57 am

No kidding.

Step back to the period (within many residents' memory) when everyone still read daily newspapers, and Patricia Unterman and Stan Sesser wrote SF-Chron restaurant reviews that were incisive, informative, and entirely unpretentious (some consider it the high-water era of Bay-Area restaurant journalism; eventually Unterman was fired by Michael Bauer, a completely different species of writer, who wanted and took over her job, and played up his role like a prima donna).

Problem: Once Unterman & Sesser had praised a restaurant, hundreds of trend-obsessed readers crowded into it and for a little while, longtime and neighborhood customers couldn't get in. I observed this as multiple favorite restaurants got the treatment in turn. The fashion-frenzied hordes never, ever, became steady customers (off trying the next recommendation in a week or two and probably boasting about it), so the exercise was problematic for the restaurant owners and employees. A moment of attention and glory, followed by a longer period of uncertainty as some of the old customers drifted back. Some restaurants went through hard financial periods, as a side effect of the transient attention.


 +   4 people like this
Posted by Building Was Better As Lindenwood Bookstore,, a resident of Los Altos,
on Feb 7, 2020 at 9:29 am

@There was no golf cart to shuttle him to the square,

>> “Have you ever been to that San Pedro Square Market near the San Jose courthouse?
No convenient parking (except for the humongous multi-tiered parking garages), a very loud dining noise environment, food not all that great. "

A multistory parking structure across the street not convenient for you? There are also metered parking on the streets around the market.. my advise- don't go there anymore.

^^^ No comment except that some folks prefer to circle around in a multi-story garage just so they can dine like caged rats in a hyperbolic 'food court'.

Though the restaurant/entrepreneur & upscale gluttony types may beg to differ...It's always the 'outsiders' who eventually ruin various downtown (aka local) areas for the actual residents.


 +   5 people like this
Posted by Keep Los Altos From Becoming Another PA/MV, a resident of Los Altos,
on Feb 7, 2020 at 3:07 pm

One issue Los Altos does not have is homeless vagrants roaming the downtown area or masses of homeless RVs cluttering its streets.

The outside traffic emanating towards this glorified 'food court' will attract the kinds of individuals we do not want in this town.

It's bad enough having to endure them at the county library where they often hibernate in the restroom stalls, do their hand washables in the sink or use the individual study desks to mend their socks.

Unless the new food court is willing to feed these kinds of people & then send them packing (if/when they show up in droves) things will only become more difficult for the LAPD & the residents who have to endure such visual blight.

Look at downtown Palo Alto Alto, Mountain View and San Jose and all their meth-laden transients. You don't see this kind of stuff in Los Altos, Menlo Park, Atherton & Hillsborough as the residents will simply not stand for it.

The prospective food court diners are simply diners who enjoy crowds...not high-end food.


 +   9 people like this
Posted by There was no golf cart to shuttle him to the square, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland,
on Feb 7, 2020 at 4:10 pm

@Building was better with caged rats

"^^^ No comment except that some folks prefer to circle around in a multi-story garage just so they can dine like caged rats in a hyperbolic 'food court'."

LOL. Complain much? There is parking nearby. If there wasnt any parking you would be complaining about that. Clearly you have nothing to contribute to this discussion, other than the fact that you enjoy caged rats (sautéed I assume)


 +   3 people like this
Posted by Hahahahaha, a resident of another community,
on Feb 8, 2020 at 5:23 am

"The outside traffic emanating towards this glorified 'food court' will attract the kinds of individuals we do not want in this town."

Looks like it's already happened!


 +   3 people like this
Posted by resident, a resident of Los Altos,
on Feb 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Putting a single story of housing above the retail stores on Main and State would be such a plus for businesses and housing. We don't need more offices downtown.


 +   2 people like this
Posted by palo altan, a resident of Downtown North,
on Feb 10, 2020 at 1:59 pm

@Building Was Better As Lindenwood Bookstore... lol

Los Altans and Palo Altans are all the same!

Let's just keep running down already run down 50+ year old buildings that are seismically expired as poorly operated bookstores. That sounds more like a hellhole to me than giving the building new life an invigorating downtown.


 +   3 people like this
Posted by Hahaha, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Feb 11, 2020 at 9:04 am

Yes, 100,000 people are all the same because of the place they live.
If they moved to another town they would be different! LOL!!


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