Despite some recent “setbacks”, the food hall portion of the Emeryville Public Market renovation is coming along steadily. In addition to some interior art including a living wall and mosaic tile installation, City Center Realty Partners has recently announced the addition of two new food truck vendors that will be bringing their menus to the EPM’s interior food stalls.
Mayo & Mustard and We Sushi are the latest Food Trucks to go “Brick & Mortar” by signing leases with the EPM joining Koja Kitchen, newcomer Shiba Ramen and Chicharon (based on Michelin-Starred chef Carlos Altamirano’s Sanguchon food trucks). Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that this trend for food trucks to establish roots is going to dampen the thriving mobile food movement as they are both opting to continue their truck service.
New stalls are close to completion with vendors targeting opening for operation in October/November but the new Public Market roster is far from complete. “We anticipate having some exciting leases to announce later this fall” noted EPM media contact Maureen Futtner. Additionally, improved entrances at the north and east entries will be finished by late fall as well as the addition of fire pits and outdoor seating in the breezeway. The Public Market remains open for business during the renovation.
— Public Market (@Emeryville_PM) October 20, 2014
The Public Market has been teasing us with the addition of a Brew Pub in the former Broken Rack space.
Mayo & Mustard
Mayo & Mustard founder Masa Chen has been involved in the food industry for over 15 years and had a dream of creating a gourmet sandwich food truck after watching the Food Truck Wars documentary series. He opened Mayo & Mustard along with his wife Becky and partner David in 2011. Becky & Masa had been looking at expanding to a brick & mortar location for a couple years when they were contacted by the Public Market after participating in the Saturday Off the Grid events across the street. “We’ve currently lived in Emeryville for over five years so we feel this will be a great opportunity for our business!” noted Becky through email.
The Mayo & Mustard menu will be similar to the truck’s menu but they’ll be adding a few new sandwiches including some additional breakfast & dinner offerings. Mayo & Mustard will continue operating their mobile trucks providing daily lunch and catering services. “We’re currently working with the Emeryville Public Market’s design team in working out the final details for approval. We estimate hopefully we will be able to open by late October of this year but this depends on how long it takes to get permits”.
The idea of We Sushi was dreamt up in 2011 by Thomas Wu & Alex Lin while working together in a Japanese Restaurant. Thomas & Alex opted to go out on their own but couldn’t settle on a location. “That was when the idea of making ourselves ‘mobile’ came about, and we’ve been on the road since!” noted Wu through email.
We Sushi has been part of the Public Market rotation since 2014 and have established a strong clientele there. The opportunity for a permanent stall at the Public Market was communicated by their colleagues at Mayo & Mustard. “We felt that it would be a great opportunity for us to expand our business and serve our clients in a different setting.” Their menu will be mostly the same as the food truck but the extra space will afford them the opportunity for some specialty items including an opening special that they teased “that has lobster tail in it!”
We sushi is hoping to be up and running in November but it could carry into 2016 depending on how smoothly things go. “Emeryville is a vibrant city and we love it as well as its people!”