Downtown MV restaurant update, October 2020

Castro St. closure extended indefinitely:  Four downtown blocks of Castro St. have been individually closed to car traffic (a program called “Summer StrEats”).   In early September the City Council voted to extend the closure for the duration of the pandemic, and also to widen the range of businesses eligible to use the outdoor space.  The Council also approved expanding outdoor business activity to other parts of town where space allows, notably in parking lots.

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Restaurant changes:  While the pandemic’s constraints force some downtown restaurants to close (including Le Plonc, Flights, and HeyO Eats), others are evolving.  Olympus Caffe & Bakery (135 Castro at Evelyn), a Turkish bakery-café related to Ephesus nearby, had a large outdoor dining area already and has converted it to a “socially-distanced” German-themed beer garden with food, Das Bierhauz.  Shabuway, the Japanese hot pot restaurant formerly at 180 Castro, was replaced by an expansion location for SF’s Udon Mugizo.  (Udon are thick Japanese noodles — some udon dishes have long been featured at nearby Japanese restaurants such as Maru Ichi and Sushi Tomi — but Mugizo specializes in them and makes the noodles fresh, in-house.)  Michelin-star-winning Chez TJ on Villa St. recently reopened with a new outdoor patio, an interior organized around separate small dining rooms, and new flexible menu options.  The long-awaited, much-hindered expansion of San José’s “Ludwig’s German Table” to 383 Castro at California makes progress:  A beverage-license notice appeared October 6.

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About Max Hauser

Resident with acknowledged food obsession, active in Bay Area food and wine organizations 30 years. Dining in downtown MV regularly for 20 years and occasionally for 10 years before that.
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