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Patatas Closes; Bay Street Demolition & Nike Store; Longfellow Food Hall Expands Options

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Three local business updates to report since our last update in April. Patatas Neighborhood Kitchen on Adeline has closed their doors after opening five years ago. Demolition at Bay Street is nearly complete to make way for an approved grocery store and the Longfellow Food Hall has rolled out a host of new options.

Patatas owner Marcos Quezada and his wife Javiera (Photo: Rob Arias).

Closed: Patatas Kitchen On Adeline

Patatas Kitchen on Adeline announced their closure last week. Their final day at the location was June 3rd.

“We are thankful for the support in the last 6 years and feel honored to have served our wonderful neighborhood,” they announced in an email newsletter. “Please continue to support your local businesses, your support means more than you can imagine.”

Patatas originally opened in 2017 replacing the short-lived Commonwealth Micropub (and Café Bier and Furenzo before that). Patatas struggled to draw consistent foot-traffic and paused dine-in service in 2019 to focus on catering and delivery.

“We’ve closed our doors due to a variety of reasons,” noted Patatas Owner Marcos Quezada when contacted. “An increase in vendor costs, struggles to find staff for daily operations, and ultimately the difficult effects the pandemic has had on small businesses everywhere.”

Quezada noted that this might not necessarily be the end of Patatas. “Although this is the end of a chapter at the 3986 Adeline St. location, we are working to continue with a new business model in the coming future.”

Businesses on the strip of Adeline between 40th Street & San Pablo Avenue have been hit particularly hard as Hip-Hop Juice Box closed last October and Monster Pho 2 has indefinitely paused dine-in service.


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Demolition of the buildings once leased to Old Navy, EQ3, Elephant Bar and a several food tenants was recently completed (Photo: PJPotier via Twitter)

Bay Street Demolition & Nike Store

The revitalization efforts of Bay Street are in full swing with the demolition of several buildings to make way for an unnamed grocery store. The former Old Navy/EQ3/Elephant Bar buildings have all been leveled in the past couple weeks.

Construction is also underway at the former Banana Republic Women store that will make way for a Nike Store. Bay Street previously had a Nike Store which shuttered about eight years ago.

Photo: @BobbyLeeMedia

The prominent corner space has sat glaringly vacant since Banana closed the location in 2020 opening a “Factory” location at the nearby Powell Street Plaza.

Bay Street has also modernized its parking meters to accept credit cards.


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Mochi Donuts are among the new offerings at Longfellow Food Hall (Photo: @MochillSF).

Longfellow Food Hall Expands Options

The Longfellow Food Hall on Adeline continues to expand its food offerings now listing 16 options on their website. They originally opened last November with only 9 of their 35 stalls occupied.

Among the new additions are Mochill Mochi Donuts, LuLu’s Chinese, Forbidden Pho, three Pizzerias and what appears to be a place that serves the trending birria style tacos named “Kam’s” (coming soon).

Take-out orders can be placed for in-person pickup through their website.

Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

4 Comments

  1. Still not understanding why they’d want to anchor this shopping development with a grocery store while Target and Pak N Save sit a ramp away, Trader Joe’s across the street, and Berkeley Bowl half a mile up… all while the Public Market site still feels underutilized and really should’ve been the site to lock down a grocery store. Does more grocery in the 2 miles of Hollis/San Pablo from 40th-Ashby really makes sense, and furthermore, is that what actually revitalizes and drives people to Bay Street?

    • I think one thing that people aren’t considering is the 500 unit Sherwin-Williams development and the new bike/ped bridge. Those ≈1000 residents will literally be able to walk across the bridge and shop. It’s really poised to be the center of the city.

      • It still feel superfluous. Any word on the actual store going here? Definitely can’t be another Safeway, TJ’s is an amazingly popular choice with a cult following and I personally don’t shop at Whole Foods in the Bay Area as our farmer’s markets and Berkeley Bowl are much better outposts for higher quality produce (at better prices) and fine or niche food selections. I just can’t be convinced that Bay St needed to be anchored by grocery, I’d rather see a top golf or some other recreation & entertainment go there

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