State Street Market, a food hall in Los Altos, offers a number of food stalls, but is undergoing a temporary closure and an overhaul of some of its vendors. (Courtesy Los Altos Community Investments)
By Kate Bradshaw
Less than two years after opening, Los Altos' State Street Market, a 20,000-square-food food hall in downtown Los Altos, is ending its contract with the Palo Alto-based Bon Appétit Management Company and plans to bring new vendors into the market hall. Some of the existing vendors will remain, but those aren't being named right now.
"We'll have a more complete vendor list in the coming weeks," says Robert Hindman, managing director at Los Altos Community Investments, the market's developer, in an email.
The decision has triggered layoffs for 45 people, according to documents filed with California's Employment Development Department. To set up for the new vendors, the food hall will close for several weeks in February and March, Hindman says. Los Altos Community Investments was founded by 23andMe’s co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki.
The food offerings at State Street Market have been Banks and Braes, Murdoch's, Grains and Greens, B?o Bèi, Little Blue Door and Tin Pot Creamery. Sustainable seafood and wine purveyor Ostro is no longer listed on the State Street Market website. The market's planned anchor restaurant, el Alto by chef Traci Des Jardins, abruptly shuttered in September after only about six months in business, and no explanation was provided for the decision.
Set to replace the departing vendors are Konjoe Burger and Little Sky Bakery, which has been hosting pop-ups at the market since October, according to Hindman. More tenants are expected to be announced soon, and delivery options will be expanding, he adds.
"Bon Appétit Management Company has been honored to collaborate with Los Altos Community Investments on the State Street Market project, which continues to be a thriving part of the Los Altos community," according to the company's communications director, Jenny Slafkosky. "We are working to identify positions for Bon Appétit staff members at our company’s other operations."
State Street Market had a highly anticipated opening in summer 2021, anchored by big-name chefs like Des Jardins; Srijith Gopinathan of Ettan, who opened Little Blue Door in April 2022; and chefs Meichih and Michael Kim, who formerly led the kitchen at Michelin-starred Maum in Palo Alto and opened B?o Bèi as a tribute to their Taiwanese and Korean roots.
State Street Market, 170 State St., Los Altos; Instagram: @statestreetmarket.