Businesses & Restaurants
Northside is home to a variety of small (and large businesses), from the
more than 90-year-old Chiaramonte's Market on North 13th Street, to the
Gordon Biersch bottling plant on Taylor Street. Northside also boasts the
"best taco in Silicon Valley," according to the San Jose Mercury News, at
Las Brasas restaurant on Julian Street.
According to a recent demographic survey, there are 458 businesses in the
Northside employing 3,474 persons. Sixty-five percent of the businesses
are service or retail, employing 45 percent of the employees. Manufacturing
accounts for slightly more than 10 percent of the businesses, but employs
nearly 20 percent of all workers in the Northside.
"A secret neighborhood
centers around the corner of Julian and 17th Streets. As with most of
the older, Northside of downtown, the area is very pedestrian friendly
and features rows and rows of houses from the mid and early parts of
the 20th century. At night the white and yellow lights on the trees (put
up by [Las Brasas Mexican Restuarant]) provide a charming backdrop for
a meal at [Las Brasas], Casa Vicky or Lai Lai Chinese - [all] of which
are packed daily with locals."
- Todd Horvitz, San Jose News & Gossip Bulletin, January 20, 2000
13th Street Business Association
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