After a flurry of business closures following the pandemic, closures in Emeryville have tapered off. In fact, one businesses has returned and a highly anticipated brewery is inching closer to a grand opening.
Yuzu Ramen Space “Available”
With a Commercial Real Estate “Available” sign posted, a disconnected phone, an empty interior and social media silence, Yuzu Ramen appears to be closed. Neighbors have reported a lack of activity for the past several weeks. Their San Rafael location is also reported closed via Yelp.
Yuzu Ramen & Broffee opened in 2016 replacing Bacano Bakery (and Café Aquarius before that) and quickly became a favorite local spot among residents known for its delicious creamy broth and homemade noodles.
They worked to improve their presence with outdoor signage and a cozy patio space. Their establishment made several changes to their menu throughout the years adding Sushi, Yakimeshi (Japanese fried rice) and Poke.
Not all the menu changes were embraced and the establishment reportedly was struggling. In 2019, started a GoFundMe campaign to help them stay afloat targeting $100K (only $1670 was raised).
“Specifically, as the costs are high, minimum wage in Emeryville has gone significantly up, and with our rent going up every year, we just have been falling behind on,” Yuzu’s Business Manager explained at the time.
A proliferation of Ramen restaurants including a third in Emeryville, Ramen 101 on 40th, may have also been a factor.
When we reached out, they were a bit elusive of the finality of their closure. “We are sorting out issues we have business wise regarding landlord, vendors, and such,” replied a contact who did not want to be identified.
We will update this story if any new information comes to light.
Kara’s Cupcakes Reopens
The Kara’s Cupcakes at Bay Street has quietly reopened their doors after being closed since September. At the time, Kara confirmed that space was available for sublease and the location had been removed from their website.
Berkeleyside freelance reporter Joanna Della Penna noted their surprise reopening in their February Nosh column. Their hours are noted as 7 days per week from 12-6pm.
“As things open up more we will start to increase our hours, ” Kara communicated through email. “It’s good to be back!”
Wondrous Brewing Company Update
Wondrous Brewing Company, whom began their buildout of a brewery and taproom on 65th street back in 2019, is inching closer to the finish line.
Their latest posts showcase progress on the taproom interior, equipment, the hiring of their first employee and their first batch of brew!
While no date is set yet, they are anticipating an early spring opening pending final permit approvals.
Follow them on Instagram for more updates.