Mendocino Farms picks San Jose for first Bay Area restaurant
SAN JOSE — Mendocino Farms, a vendor of upscale sandwiches, will launch its first forays into the Bay Area with a restaurant in San Jose’s Santana Row complex and another in The Pruneyard in Campbell, executives said Tuesday.
The restaurant said Mendocino Farms’ food will source from farms and other vendors that are local to Northern California.
“Our partnerships with some of the best farmers and food artisans in the region continue to ensure that we provide the tastiest food around while supporting our local food economy,” Mendocino Farms stated on its web site.
The new dining establishment should open sometime this fall, said Federal Realty, the developer and principal owner of Santana Row, a shopping, dining, office, residential and hotel complex.
Mendocino Farms also is readying a restaurant in Campbell at The Pruneyard retail and restaurant complex, according to a post on one of the restaurant’s sites. The timing of the opening in Campbell wasn’t disclosed, other than a statement the Pruneyard location was “coming in 2017.”
Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, a husband-and-wife team, co-founded the restaurant chain in 2003. The first Mendocino Farms opened in downtown Los Angeles in 2005.
“The premium fast-casual restaurant will feature a ‘kids’ corner’ and offer a full lineup of wines and craft beers on tap,” Federal Realty said in a prepared release.