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They’re In Business: Openings and Closures In and Around Santa Clara

Mexicali Grill and Stuft Pizza, The Hut

Here’s what’s newly opened, closed and opening soon in and around Santa Clara.


Mexicali Grill

3149 Mission College Blvd


The Mexicali Grill at the Mercado Shopping Center closed at the end of June. No additional information was available about the closure.


AAMCO Transmissions

2345 El Camino
Although minimal information is available, the AAMCO Transmissions location in Santa Clara quietly closed in recent weeks. Additional locations are available in Milpitas and Campbell.


Recently Open
The Hut

3200 The Alameda, Santa Clara

The iconic The Hut near Santa Clara University reopened in June. The Hut offers classic pub fare including burgers and sandwiches, as well as a selection of salads, meats and a kid’s menu for children 10 and under.


Voyager Craft Coffee
87 N San Pedro St. San Jose
Santa Clara’s popular coffee spot opened its second location at San Jose’s San Pedro Square Market on June 21. The company will launch a new website soon, but maintains fairly active social media accounts on Facebook (voyagercraftcoffee) and Instagram (@voyagercraftcoffee)


Star Udupi Café
2690 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
The Indian vegetarian restaurant opened at the beginning of July. The restaurant offers a variety of Indian favorites, including dosas and uthappam and sweets and even has a kid’s menu.


Bay Area Pizza
2898 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
Taking over the former location of Stuft Pizza, Bay Area Pizza opened in June. The location serves hand-tossed pizzas with traditional and Indian flavors.


The Gurkha Kitchen
1342 S Mary Ave, Sunnyvale
Opened in June. The Gurkha Kitchen serves Nepali-Indian food.  The menu includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees with items like fried rice, chowmein, dumplings, biryani and tandoor-cooked selections.


Le Plonc
279 W Washington Ave., Sunnyvale
Le Plonc is a boutique wine bar offering creative dishes (tartines, charcuterie boards, pậté, cheese plates and desserts) and unique wines. The Sunnyvale location opened at the end of May and joins one in Mountain View. Le Plonc additionally has a location in Melbourne, Australia.


Santa Clara Square Marketplace, Suite 3237
Bishops, a full-service hair salon providing cuts and color for men and women, including styling, shaving and beard trimming, opened May 25 at the Santa Clara Square shopping center.


Brandy Melville
378 Santana Row, Suite 1000, San Jose
Popular boutique Brandy Melville, the women’s apparel line from Italy known for its trendy styles with a beachy, comfortable vibe opened a 3,112-square-foot space in early June.


Chipotle Mexican Grill

3249 Coronado Place, Santa Clara

The quick-service Mexican restaurant chain recently opened a location at the Santa Clara Square shopping center.


Opening Soon
Nick the Greek

2002 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

With plenty of locations throughout the Bay Area, Nick the Greek will open its newest location at the Santa Clara Town Centre later this year. Until a concrete date is available, visit the Nick the Greek in Sunnyvale or any of the six locations throughout San Jose.



202 Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara

The American restaurant and bar Bloom is scheduled to open early fall at the former location of Golden Mushroom Pizzeria. The eatery’s website mentions its “main attractions” as a corn beef hash and crab cake benedict.


Silverlake Ramen
Santa Clara Square, Suite 3347
Silverlake Ramen serves ramen that uses quality, traditional ingredients. The Santa Clara eatery will open later this year.


Pacific Catch
Santa Clara Square, Suite 3315
Pacific Catch is a WestCoast Fish House specializes in high quality sustainable seafood. The menu explores styles and ingredients found throughout the Pacific. They will also offer a variety of Fresh Catch specials highlighting specific regions in the Pacific and seasonal offerings. The new Santa Clara restaurant is listed on the Santa Clara Square site as a restaurant “coming soon,” but the Pacific Catch website has not yet been updated to reflect the new location.


Gong Cha
Santa Clara Square, Suite 110
Gong Cha specializes in tea, coffee and juices and is constantly developing of new and innovative drinks. The new Santa Clara restaurant is listed on the Santa Clara Square site as “coming soon,” but the Gong Cha website has not yet been updated to reflect the new location. This will be the company’s first Santa Clara location.


Barebottle Brewing Company
Santa Clara Square

Barebottle Brewing Company, based in San Francisco, will open a Santa Clara location sometime this year. The company brews innovative beers inspired by the Bay Area using local ingredients whenever possible and partners with local homebrewing groups to develop new beers. Barebottle serves craft beer, cider, wine, craft sodas and kombucha beverages options, as well as a selection of appetizers.


Charisma Salon

Santa Clara Square

Charisma Salon, a nail spa providing manicure and pedicure services, in addition to waxing, eyelash extensions, permanent make-up services, blow-dry bar and retail, will open later this year. No additional information is available at this time.


Kumar’s Authentic South Indian Village Cuisine
Santa Clara Square
With no artificial pre-packaged ingredients, no food coloring and no MSG, Kumar’s offers authentic South Indian cuisine using natural and organic ingredients. Santa Clara will be the first California restaurant for the company. Additional restaurants are operating in Connecticut and throughout Texas.


Tender Greens
Santa Clara Square
The chef-led kitchen serving seasonal and responsibly-sourced food including salads, sandwiches and soups will open in Santa Clara later this year. Santa Clara’s restaurant will be the sixth Bay Area location for the chain.


The Halal Guys
Santa Clara Square
The Halal Guys is set to open its first Santa Clara location sometime this year. The restaurant offers a variety of halal chicken, beef gyro and falafel options and sides including baba ganouj, hummus and fries, and has a South Bay location off Curtner Avenue in San Jose.


Santana Row, San Jose
The luxury retailer will open a Santana Row location in summer 2019. Vince offers women’s and men’s clothes, shoes, handbags, and home fit for a global lifestyle. The store will be in a 2,378-square-foot space located next to the newly expanded Lululemon.


Santana Row, San Jose
Premier men’s apparel brand TravisMathew will open its first Northern California store this fall. The store will be complete with classic arcade style gaming consoles and ping pong tables in its 1,911-square-foot space. The Santana Row location will carry their exclusive California capsule product.


Sauced BBQ & Spirits
Santana Row, San Jose
Sauced BBQ & Spirits will be making its debut this fall, moving into the parkside location next door to the popular Maggiano’s Little Italy. Sauced is a Southern-inspired restaurant concept, founded by two cousins with a passion to bring authentic, Southern BBQ to Northern California. Besides featuring multiple Southern styles of barbecue, the restaurant touts numerous beer, wine and whiskey choices.


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