New Food Court Is Part Market, Part Incubator

It's in the unincorporated swatch of Alameda County now called Ashland.


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A new community-based food court opened last month in the unincorporated swatch of Alameda County formerly known as San Leandro South and now known as Ashland.

As reported at Yes! Magazine, the 2,100-square-foot Ashland Market and Café was developed by the nonprofit Mandela Partners and serves as part market, part multi-restaurant eating space, and part incubator for emerging local businesses.

Vendors with extendable one-year leases include the Thank Que Grill, whose owner Rene Lontoc makes burgers with traditional Filipino lumpia filling; I AM Cafe, whose owner LaShawn Raybon prioritizes hiring women who are returning home after being incarcerated; and Jacquelynn's Heart and Soul, whose owner Latoya Bryant wants to provide healthy food for which Ashland residents need not travel far.

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