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State Street Market introduces new vendor lineup after monthlong closure

An Orenchi Ramen worker notifies a customer of the arrival of their food. (Raj Virginkar)

Los Altos’s State Street Market reopened on March 20 with two new vendors, Orenchi Ramen and Konjoe Burger, after nearly a monthlong closure.

The upscale food court cut off its contract with Bon Appétit Management Co., resulting in the closure and 45 layoffs, including members of Bon Appétit’s staff. Robert Hindman, managing director of Los Altos Community Investments, which owns the market, declined to comment on the market’s contract with Bon Appetit Management Co.

The closure allowed new vendors to renovate their respective areas and prepare to open. Hindman said that with new vendors, he hopes to help the food court evolve to match changes in the tastes of customers. 

“Visitors want to experience a variety [of] cuisines and drink options — that is important for the food hall’s success,” Hindman said in an email.

Aside from Orenchi Ramen and Konjoe Burger, Little Sky Bakery, which operated at the market as a pop-up shop, has reopened and is planned to expand to a full space in the market.

According to Hindman, more new vendors are set to open around April or May. Vendors previously open, including Indian restaurant Little Blue Door and pub Murdoch’s, are also planned to reopen.

Ice cream shop Tin Pot Creamery will leave the market once it runs out of its current inventory, then transition entirely to retail sales, namely at Whole Foods Markets. Pizza and sandwich shop Banks and Braes and salad vendor Grains and Greens will also be leaving the market. Asian fusion vendor Bao Bei hasn’t released a public statement announcing their plans.

Another ice cream shop, The Penny Ice Creamery, will replace Tin Pot. Hindman said the business will serve ice cream made in-house. He also said that another salad shop will be taking Grains and Greens’s spot at the market soon.

State Street Market is open daily from 11:30am to 8pm. Some vendor hours may vary.

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