Downtown San Jose lands a new spot for breakfast sandwiches and coffee

SAN JOSE — New morning drinks and food are heading to downtown San Jose after she signed a lease on a building in the Historic District, in a new sign of recovery from the economic maladies linked to the coronavirus.

Egghead Sando Café signs a lease at 80 S. First St. In downtown San Jose, according to public documents and a property broker.

The food establishment that rented the venue offers breakfast sandwiches, boiled eggs, salads, and coffee, according to the merchant’s website.

Egghead Sando Cafe rented 2,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, according to Nick Goddard, senior vice president at Colliers Commercial Real Estate.

Retail location at 80 S. First St. In downtown San Jose.

“The rental activity is really strong right now in downtown San Jose,” said Goddard, who arranged the Egghead Sando cafe rental deal. “We’re getting a lot of tenants to sign up for good rental rates.”

Goddard estimated that Egghead Sando Café should open in its new location sometime this year.

The restaurant and beverage stand takes over the space once occupied by Zanotto’s Express Deli, a short-lived and ominous venture in downtown San Jose.

The deal — and more recently several restaurants or retail stores in downtown San Jose — indicates that this part of the city is beginning to recover from the illnesses caused by the coronavirus in South Bay and the rest of the Bay Area.

“Evening trade for everyone is actually better than it was before March 2020,” Goddard said.

Goddard also said he’s seeing signs that fine dining restaurants are saying they’d rather be in downtown San Jose.

Restaurants express this preference even though they are of high enough quality that they can find places in the downtown areas of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Campbell.

Although uphill, downtown San Jose is not strong at all hours of the day.

“Happy hour and lunchtime are still a little bit anemic,” Goddard said. “But the night activity is great.”

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