1001 Laurel Street Condos set to open in July.

July 1, 2009



July is the month…

…but we don't yet have an exact date.   But it's progress.  According to an email I received today from Matteson Development Partners, the long awaited grand opening of the 1001 Laurel Street complex will take place sometime in the month of July.   They will update everyone on their email distribution list as soon as the date is nailed down.

Register for updates.

Matteson is planning a “VIP sneak peek” preview for those who have already registered online;  this preview will be held before the public grand opening.  So if you're interested in getting in as soon as possible, be sure to register at their site:  1001 Laurel Street.

As soon as I get a definitive date on the grand opening, I'll post it on the site. Stay tuned….


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  1. KR on July 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Any idea what shops are going in?

  2. terence on July 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Probably more restaurants. Just what we need, right? I moved to San Carlos in 1993 and I see it becoming like plastic Burlingame. I’m all for progress, but the character of the city is changing. How many barbershops are left? Just how many more restaurants do we need? Yesterday, I received a notice from the city that a neighboring house on Coronado has applied to have extra rooms built. It’s already a rental, so it’s obvious the owners are adding another rental with a separate entrance to a zoned single family residence.

  3. Chuck on July 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I know there were rumors swirling about Peet’s coffee opening up a shop there, but I don’t think that’s anything more than a rumor. From earlier discussions I had with folks at 1001 Laurel, there was a dry cleaner (drop-off and pick up only) and a CPA that had expressed interest in renting there, but I haven’t heard confirmation either way. There are only 4 retail spaces on the bottom floor, but the largest one can be subdivided, so in theory there could be more.

    I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see on this, too…

  4. Chuck on July 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    If you don’t want more restaurants, then you won’t like to hear this…. The kid’s clothing store that used to be on the corner of Laurel and San Carlos Ave (across from Starbucks) looks like it’s being converted to a restaurant. And I heard the old Siskin’s Pharmacy building (ironically, right across from the other Starbucks) may also be to be a restaurant, too.

    At least we won’t starve…

  5. terence on July 1, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I just hope the computer repair store and the jewelry next to the “Mythos” can survive. It’s those kinds of stores that give character to a street. I guess people can’t cook at home anymore and can afford to eat out instead.
    I was in Foodville today, and there were more register and meat dept clerks and baggers than customers. I hope they also survive in the new location.

  6. Jeannie on July 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    San Carlos residents vote with their stomachs. Otherwise you wouldn’t see the long lines and crowded sidewalks outside Sneakers, San Remo, Town and other food establishments. It’s a pity that in a “family” town, the community couldn’t support the children’s bookstore on Laurel Street, but instead could spend that money in a restaurant. People don’t cook or can’t cook anymore, so get used to it Terence. Your barbershop or shoe repair shop will never be able to afford the rent, so you can kiss off these kind of neighborhood services forever. Pretty soon, that small music store off laurel won’t be there. Maybe yet another frozen yogurt shop will take its place. As for Foodville, the store has more staff than customers. They’ve made a mistake in relocating.

    Yes, San Carlos should change its motto from “the City of Good Living” to “the City of good Eating”.

  7. Wolfgang on July 2, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Remember Milo’s Toys on Laurel; one of the few toy stores that carried high quality toys and puzzles. San Carlos parents didn’t find the need to patronize the store. Poor Milo shut down in less than a year. How about the little children’s bookstore next to San Remo, now occupied by a lighting store. How about the antique bookstore on Laurel Street near speederia? The list goes on and on. The bottom line is that food for the stomach sells, but food for the brain doesn’t. Just like the housing bubble, it won’t be long before San Carlos sees a restaurant bubble.

  8. Michael on July 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Well, if we are going to have more restaurants, we need more like Refuge on Laurel…House made pastrami and an excellent choice of Belgian beers…we do NOT need more mediterranean style places.

    If we must have more eateries, can we PLEASE have some originality? I don’t think we have a nice Mexican place like Milagros in RWC…we just have taquerias.

  9. BA Mom on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Only certain restaurants do well in San Carlos. Town, San Remo, etc., are constantly full, while others sit practically empty with their employees staring at the lines waiting to get into the more popular eateries.
    Imo Refuge, while somewhat unique, is incredibly overpriced for the quality of the food and the atmosphere.

  10. Michael on July 3, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Well, let the public speak; Refuge may not be for you, but it is always busy and as you said, original. Price is a relative component when you figure they have no competition, at least that I know of.

    If we have at least 1 entry in a popular cuisine, we would indeed have more choices and would not begrudge new establishments from opening.
    If they find their niche, they will flourish. The Cask Wine Bar has seemed to have ironed out their initial flaws. Even though a little on the high price side, still busy most nights.

    I really don’t think Mythos will have a chance, but I will try it once. As for other types of stores, we should be glad we are not looking at boarded up store fronts like some other downtown areas. As long as there are willing business owners to give our downtown a chance, we should not grumble about what they clearly believe in. We will just wait and see. Would you rather see a “Cave” (the head shop that just opened on the corner of 25th and El Camino in San Mateo in the former “Relax the Back” location)?

    Give me another italian restaurant any time.

  11. maria on July 5, 2009 at 7:48 am

    If I need a pastrami fix, I just head over to Max’s. It’s way better and consistent than the Refuge. Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better.

  12. Jose on July 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Being Mexican, I wouldn’t want to be caught eating a “Mexican” meal at Milagros. While we’re on the subject, can we have some authentic Chinese food in San Carlos?

  13. Michael on July 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I know it’s a wacky idea, but what’s wrong with original?

    Max’s can be challenging when dealing with their parking lot and their pastrami (imo) is not even close to Refuge; a mountain of pastrami doesn’t make it better. Plus it’s a chain…I thought they were bad (as far as opinions I have seen on this blog). Chains do not breed downtown charm, rt?

    This is clearly a situation where there are many opinions about this one restaurant, but frankly, crowded is good. It means others are responding to the originalilty; in turn that brings bodies to downtown. Also, what’s wrong with a few chains? Isn’t their money just as green? I think the balance of chains isn’t really there…we have Starbucks, Blockbuster, banks, a UPS store, Verizon, Diddams and Hallmark (I am sure I have missed some); not sure that we are in danger of becoming the next outdoor mall.

    Jose, Milagros may not be authentic mexican, but would you agree that it would be crowded if we had one or something similar? We usually go to Hola in Carlmont and we almost always have to wait. We’d rather patronize a place in San Carlos.

    We still get out cakes in Burlingame at Copenhagen; we have tried Chocolate Mousse bakery and their $40 8-inch cake was dry and clearly expensive, plus they required payment in advance. I have had better Safeway and Costco cakes.

    Having seen so many successful downtown businesses in surrounding communities, there is more than enough potential for entrepreneurs to tap the endless wealth in our pockets ; ) by hangnig their shingle and drawing us in with a clever concept.

    Any potenital restaurant owner should watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network…every place is crowded and they run the gamut from Polish and BBQ to Fried Chicken and Hawaiian.

    Again, I am happy that we continue to see new blood. The strong, responsive and innovative WILL survive.

  14. Chuck on July 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm


    It has been a long time since we’ve tried Max’s. I’m not sure if we had some bad luck, but the service there was incredibly slow the last two times we went (like over 45 minutes for just some sandwiches) so we haven’t been back. The food is usually good (HUGE quantities too) but I’m curious if the service has gotten any better?

    Thanks for your comments — sorry about deleting the Sneaker’s information…


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