First, the good news: We Sushi finally opened yesterday after signing a lease back in September 2015. Now the bad news: Bay Burger, Pamir Afghan and Sorabol Korean will sadly be vacating their stalls as the Public Market’s owners look to complete the final construction phase of its massive food court revamp.
OPEN: We Sushi
We Sushi is the latest business with food truck origins to go “Brick & Mortar” at the Public Market joining Koja Kitchen & Mayo & Mustard which just opened last week. We Sushi offers various Japanese staples including rolls and Bento boxes, but also offers the increasingly popular Sushi Burrito which is fish, vegetables and white rice wrapped in nori (an edible seaweed). “We’re excited to finally open to the Emeryville Community” noted proprietor Thomas Wu. Opening hours are from 11am to 8:30pm.
CLOSING: Bay Burger, Pamir Afghan and Sorabol Korean
The Public Market transition has divided many in our community with some mourning the loss of some of their favorite cheap bites while others have lauded the more exotic replacements and healthier menu choices. Many appreciate the new rustic accents and inclusion of public art while others remain nostalgic about the neon and menus with food pics (and at least a few lamenting the removal of the kid’s ball pit). Pamir Afghan and Sorabol Korean are two of the Public Market originals that have reportedly been around for close to 30 years.
Sorabol, which is actually a franchise with several other Bay Area locations, noted they were still pondering opening in one of the new stalls but require a corner stall and City Center Realty Partners seemed reluctant to guarantee this. Once source noted that Pamir’s owners were looking at a possible new location in Berkeley. Best Coast Burritos is a former EPM food court tenant (then known as Viva Mexican Grill) that successfully made the transition to a standalone restaurant. Tenants were reportedly given a few months notice about the plans.
These departures will leave Wazwan Indian as the last holdout from the pre-renovated Public Market. Some of businesses we were told had the opportunity to move to one of the new stalls but clearly the Public Market is being more discerning about its tenants, the aesthetic that they are adhered to and of course commercial rents increases. Sorabol will be closing this weekend while Pamir and Bay Burger will close after the first week of December.
Public Market has already announced two replacement tenants including Fish Face Poke from Sacramento and The Period Table Sake and Craft Beer stall from the proprietors of Shiba Ramen and Granja Eatery by acclaimed Peruvian chef Carlos Altamirano.
The Public Market will host the second in its free Second Friday Market Beats series tonight with the live music of The Steve Carter Trio from 6:30-8:30 pm.