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San Jose historic laundry site could be revamped into new restaurant

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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:

View from the hill, the location of the historic buildings and former fish market from 657 to 665 N.6th St. in the Japantown district of San Jose. (Marcus & Millichap)

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.

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