Firm patatas; Demolition of Bay Street and Nike store; Longfellow Food Hall expands its options
Three local business updates to report from our last update in April. Patatas Neighborhood Kitchen on Adeline has closed after opening five years ago. Demolition on Bay Street is nearing completion to make way for a licensed grocery store, and Longfellow Food Hall has rolled out a slew of new options.
Closed: Cuisine Patatas Sur Adeline
Patatas Kitchen on Adeline announced its closure last week. Their last day there was June 3.
“We are grateful for the support over the past 6 years and feel honored to have served our wonderful neighborhood,” they announced in an email newsletter. “Please continue to support your local businesses, your support means more than you can imagine.”
Original potatoes opened in 2017 replacement of the ephemeral Commonwealth Micropub (and Café Bier and Furenzo before that). Patatas struggled to attract consistent foot traffic and catering service suspended in 2019 focus on catering and delivery.
“We closed our doors for various reasons,” Patatas owner Marcos Quezada said when contacted. “Rising supplier costs, difficulties finding staff for day-to-day operations and ultimately the difficult effects the pandemic has had on small businesses around the world.”
Quezada noted that this wouldn’t necessarily be the end of Patatas. “Although this is the end of a chapter at 3986 Adeline St., we are working to continue with a new business model in the near future.”
Businesses on the Adeline Strip between 40th Street and San Pablo Avenue have been particularly hard hit as hip hop juice box closed last October and Monster Pho 2 has indefinitely suspended catering service.
Demolition of Bay Street and Nike store
Bay Street revitalization efforts are in full swing with the demolition of several buildings to make way for a unnamed grocery store. The old Old Navy/EQ3/Elephant Bar buildings have all been razed in the past two weeks.
Construction is also underway at the former Banana Republic Women store which will make way for a Nike Store. Bay Street previously had a Nike store that closed about eight years ago.
The prominent corner space has remained blatantly vacant since Banana closed the site in 2020 opening of a “Factory” location at the nearby Powell Street Plaza.
Bay Street has also upgraded its parking meters to accept credit cards.
No more searching for change. Bay Street Emeryville has FINALLY replaced its meters to accept cards. pic.twitter.com/HcNaEyHOvH
– The E’ville Eye news 👁 (@TheEvilleEye) June 6, 2022
Longfellow Food Hall expands its options
Adeline’s Longfellow Food Hall continues to expand its now listed food offering 16 options on their website. They originally opened last november with only 9 of their 35 stalls occupied.
New additions include Mochill Mochi Donuts, LuLu’s Chinese, Forbidden Pho, Three Pizzerias and what seems to be a place that serves the trend Birria style tacos named “Kam’s” (coming soon).
Take-out orders can be placed for in-person pickup through their website.