A new warehouse-sized space named Urban Radish is now under construction in Downtown, intended as The Arts District's premier specialty foods market. The 8,200-square foot space is overtaking the former glass factory on Matteo Street by the firm Linear City (responsible for the Biscuit Lofts and Toy Factory lofts), designed by Creative Space as a farm, ranch, and artisan-supplied grocery for Downtowners' meat, seafood, and produce needs. The building, recognizable to passersby by Peter Roa's massive chipmunk murals on its metal flanks, is being kept mostly intact, with coming additions like an outdoor seating section for meals made on site and an landscaped exterior of native plants to provide shade to the interior.
Geared for the Tesla Motors set seething green with Whole Foods envy, the parking lot will feature one of the country's largest electric car stations, while a preview of products includes California Olive Ranch's oils, Creminelli's cured meats in a deli section, and gourmet pet foods. Urban Radish plans to open in March 2013.
Urban Radish, 660 Mateo St. Downtown.