Downtown Food Options Expand with Skewers and Cinnamon Rolls

Downtown continues to add new options for food and drink, and two new retail locations celebrated their grand openings in the same week in April.

VIPs enjoying the offerings at Skewers & Brew: from left, Scott Knies/San Jose Downtown Association; City Councilmember Johnny Khamis (D10); City of San Jose Downtown Manager Blage Zelaclish; and City Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3).

Skewers & Brew at 65 S. First Street, in a former cellular phone store, is the brainchild of former tech executive Mark Racine, who was struck by the unique flavor of skewered street food when he visited Northeast China. His offerings include a variety of skewered protein, including chicken, lamb, beef and shrimp, along with garlic fries and other sides. The brews on offer are locally sourced craft beers.

Another new Downtown eatery is Cinnaholic, at 115 East San Carlos Street, where Ben & Jerry’s used to be. The location is convenient to SJSU, and hundreds of students were there for the $1 cinnamon rolls on offer for opening day. Cinnaholic is a national chain headquartered in Berkeley, California.  Founded in 2009, the franchise got a huge boost from an appearance on “Shark Tank,” and the San Jose location is just the second in Northern California. Owners Xicayan (“Zeke”) and Lizzeth Posadas are SJSU graduates, and their new business features freshly-baked vegan cinnamon rolls that can be customized to taste, with a choice of 30+ optional frostings and toppings.

Ready to cut the ribbon at Cinnaholic, from left: Blage Zelalech, City of San Jose Downtown Manager; Daryl Dollinger/Cinnaholic; Elisa Juarez, Lizzeth Flores and Xicayan Posadas, joint owners of Cinnaholic San Jose;  Angel Martinez representing City Councilmember Raul Peralez;  Denelle Fedor representing City Councilmember Johnny Khamis; City of San Jose Small Business Ally Juan Borrelli.