By the end of April 2009, San Leandro will see the opening of Grocery Outlet and the closure of one of the eight San Leandro Starbucks locations.
The new Grocery Outlet will open at 2179 E 14th St., in the location previously occupied by the Salvation Army Thrift Store. It is located next to a site that is being developed for affordable senior housing at the corner of Estabrook Street and E. 14th Street, across from McKinley Elementary.
Grocery Outlet had previously sought to occupy the former downtown Albertson's location at 1550 E. 14th Street in August 2006 but was rebuffed by the City Council's designation of the site as an "opportunity" site as part of the Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy.
As part of its closure of 200 stores across the U.S., the Starbucks location at 1443 E. 14th Street in downtown San Leandro will be closing by the end of the month. The closure was announced by Starbucks in January 2009. The closure should have little impact since there is also a Starbucks located less than 500 feet away in the nearby Safeway store.
On the agenda for the Monday April 21, 2008, meeting of the San Leandro City Council is approval of a seasonal farmers' market that will be located downtown. The $26,000 cost to hold the farmers' market for three years will come from the Joint Redevelopment Project Area Fund.
The current proposal calls for the market to be held on Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 9pm starting on May 14, 2008, and continuing through October 22, 2008. The market would be held on Parrott Street between E. 14th Street and Washington Avenue, the same area where the Sausage & Suds Festival has been held. The Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association will run the farmer's market.
The downtown farmers' market will feature cooking demonstrations on the first Wednesday of the month, music on the second Wednesday, family entertainment on the third Wednesday, and wine tasting on the fourth Wednesday.
A year-round farmer's market is currently held on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot of Bayfair Center.
Back in June 2007, the Board of Zoning Adjustments approved a conditional use permit and parking exception for fast-food and outdoor dining at Santos, Inc. Santos is renowned for its vast assortment of spices and supplies for Indian and South Asian cooking.
Current plans are to open the restaurant in early 2008.
Santos is located at 1188 Montague Street at Teagarden and is adjacent to the Lakeshore Learning Store.
According to the July 29, 2006 edition of the Tracy Press, the former owner of the San Leandro deli Vatran's Flying Sausages will be opening a store in Tracy soon.
From the article: "• A man named Peter Vatran, a Tracy resident who hails from western Romania, had a deli in San Leandro and owns the Xenia Bistro in Alamo. He also has the seasoning. In fact, he’s the distributor for Bacchetti and Baier.
Not only that, he plans to open an upscale shop in about a month on Mars Court, which is in south Tracy off Tracy Boulevard. The shop will be called Flying Sausages Charcuterie and Catering Co., and Vatran will sell his homemade sausages, barbecue sauces, vodka, bacon, ham — and the special beef seasoning, along with many others."
The deli Vatran used to own is now Joaquin Deli at 275 Joaquin Avenue.
We saw Luso Mercado appear on East 14th Street, close to the Bayfair Mall, a few months ago. Apparently it relocated from some place else in San Leandro.
It makes sense to find a Portuguese deli in San Leandro, which until recently had a very large and active Portuguese community. Indeed, San Leandro's other claim to life is to be California's sausage capital. Many of these Portuguese settlers apparently opened linguiza factories .
I've been meaning to go to Luso Mercado for a while, just to check it out and see if they carry Brazilian products as well (they don't). We finally did a couple of days ago and found that Luso Mercado is, indeed, operated by Portuguese people (they were speaking Portuguese in the shop). The store concentrates on deli products and Port. They have an incredible selection of aged Port. If you're looking for a '69 port to celebrate a 35 birthday, you will likely find it here - expect to pay close to $200, however. Their selection of sherry, madeira and other fortified wines is pretty good as well. It takes us five years to go through a bottle of madeira, but next time we run out we'll certainly go there.
They had a variety of sausages (and linguiza, now we know where to find the real, real thing) and Portuguese cheeses. They also carry many, many cans of canned fish (specially cod), tons of Portuguese olive oil (I'll try some next time I run out) and assorted Portuguese products.
Luso Mercado Delicatessen
15100 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94578-1904