Dinner at the mall? SFGATE review says Bay Street dining scene has turned around

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A CenterCal properties rendering of the new eateries at Bay Street

Some good news for Emeryville’s Bay Street shopping mall: A bet on replacing tired restaurant chains with trendier restaurants seems to be paying off, according to a Dec. 1 SFGATE review by reporter Madeline Wells.

A change in the mall’s ownership in 2021 has led to new offerings including SF Mexican spot Flores, Marin’s Uchiwa Ramen, Humphry SlocombePhilz Coffee, Shake Shack, Pippal Regional Indian, Arthur Mac’s Little Snack, and Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão — with more in the works.

“We’re very aware that we are a mile and a half from the Gourmet Ghetto, which has produced more Michelin chefs than any other neighborhood in the world,” Bohrer said. “We’ve got shoppers from Berkeley, North Oakland and Piedmont who are highly educated, care about where their food comes from and care about the story behind all these restaurants.”

CenterCal vice president of development Scott Bohrer in “Emeryville’s Bay Street is the newest Bay Area mall to be reborn as a foodie destination”, SFGATE, Dec. 1

The SFGATE review says that “according to research from McNew Consulting performed in May 2023, year-over-year traffic at Bay Street has increased by 12%, and visitation from daytime workers within a mile of the mall has increased by 64% year-over-year. Bay Street expects to be 95% leased by the end of the year, Bohrer said.” 

Read the full article HERE.

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