E’ville Digest: Smashburger coming to 40th St., Public Market kicks off renovations, Amtrak promotes rail safety

Published On September 19, 2014 | By Rob Arias | In the Neighborhood, Local Business, News & Commentary, Restaurants

A selection of Emeryville-centric articles from around the web that residents might find of interest:

  • Smashburger, a Colorado based burger chain that distinguishes itself with a process of “smashing” its burgers on the grill with a patented tool, will be opening up this year as part of a West Coast Expansion that will include nine new locations. Emeryville Wingstop owners Emon and Ladonna Toliver will be opening a franchise near Baskin Robbins apparently later this year.
  • The first phase of the massive Public Market renovation phase is underway with construction scheduled to continue through the first quarter of 2015. Vendor stalls will be converted into larger cafe’s and the sidewalk area will be expanded to accommodate more diners and increase the market’s street-presence.
  • Amtrak representatives, joined by Emeryville Mayor Jac Asher, kicked off Rail Safety Awareness month by posting a large banner inside the Emeryville Station. They are encouraging commuters to take the pledge to “Be Track Smart”and avoid preventable deaths by train to which California leads the nation in.


Smashburger plots East Bay takeover

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Proving the burger market is still sizzling, Smashburger — the fast-growing chain that actually smashes its burgers on the grill — is plotting an East Bay takeover.
Starting with a new store in Emeryville, a local franchisee is working on plans to build nine new locations of the burger and beer restaurant throughout Oakland and other parts of the East Bay.
Read More on SF Business Times →

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Public Market breaks ground on its big renovation

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The first phase of the complex’s renovation, due for completion in spring 2015, centers around the 26,000-square-foot food hall, where City Center Realty Partners, the market’s new ownership group, hopes to bring in 10 to 15 additional new vendors, plus two sit-down cafe tenants. Across the street, there’s a 10,000 square foot restaurant space that is envisioned as a sort of brewpub concept.

Read More on Inside Scoop SF →


California leads the nation in preventable train deaths

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Alarmed by these statistics, Amtrak officials are trying to do what they can to raise awareness about the dangers of railroads. Over the past week, they’ve toured the state, stopping at various railroad stations in Los Angeles, San Diego and, most recently, Emeryville, asking folks to sign a pledge to, “be track smart.”

Read More on Contra Costa Times →

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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