Downtown San Jose Sees Restaurant Boom

By Scott Budman
|  Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 8:19 PM PDT
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NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman examines a restaurant resurgence thanks to a downtown boom.

NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman examines a restaurant resurgence thanks to a downtown boom.

Business is booming in the South Bay and it’s more than just tech. It’s the new South Bay food boom.

The South Bay has been in a construction boom for a few years, bringing new jobs along with new buildings – good news for a slew of new restaurants opening in downtown San Jose. It is now a hot spot for “restaurant” growth as dozens of new places to eat have hit the downtown to shake things up.

“We feel there's a revival here, and San Jose would be a good spot for us,” said Pete Be, owner of Da Kine Island Grill in downtown San Jose.

San Jose’s Dishcrawl tracks the restaurant industry and said that growth here had been slow for awhile.

“I think in alignment with what the city is trying to do with building urban development and high-rises - it’s actually going to fuel the economy,” said Dishcrawl CEO Tracy Lee.

Lee said that downtown San Jose is definitely seeing a boom

“I think downtown is growing – it’s never been as it's been today,” Be said.

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