San Jose — A 90-year-old historic building in the Japantown district of San Jose, once a laundry and fish market, could bring new life to the restaurant.
According to a LinkedIn post and a representative of the real estate owner, the potential development site consists of three plots, including a two-story brick building called the Nishioka Building, built in 1929.
The property’s address ranges from 657 to 665 N. 6th St. in Japantown, San Jose, opposite the main multipurpose complex consisting of residential and retail stores on the ground floor.
Hamid Panahi, Principal Executive of HP Atelier, a Campbell-based architectural firm, said:
Originally built in 1929, this building contained laundry from the Ichimatsu Tsurukawa River. According to a post on the California Japantown website, Tsurukawa ran an ideal laundry on the site.
“Purchased in 1937 by K. Inukai Co., who sold products such as pesticides and fertilizers to local farmers,” said the site in Japantown, California.
In 1942, a hairdresser and a restaurant were run inside the building during the war-related detention of Japanese-Americans.
Nishioka Brothers purchased the building in 1949 and started operating the Nishioka Brothers Fish Market and Grocery Store.
According to a post on the San Jose Public Library site, the fish market was the last resident of the building and was vacant around 2005. Since then, the building has been continuously closed.
In 2021, the current owner purchased three parcels, including an old building.
According to a document filed with the Santa Clara County Records Office, San Jose-based individuals Lawrence Wu and Maryea Men have paid $ 1.9 million for the property.
A few weeks ago, the new owner submitted a document to the Planning Bureau of San Jose to confirm from city officials what it would take to open a restaurant in a brick building.
“The restaurant should work pretty well there,” Panahi said. “We will investigate the possibilities.”
Dining businesses can benefit from a two-building complex across the street. This will bring 518 residential units and 17,000 square foot retail stores to Japantown.
“I’m thinking of having a two-story restaurant there and using the back of the building for dining,” Panahi said.
He added that the structural survey will be conducted on the building 93 years ago.
“This can be a very exciting project,” Panahi said. “We are happy to be involved in it.”