SAL PIZARRO | Bay Area News Group
SOMETHING NEW’S BREWING: Social Policy opened last Tuesday on the ground floor of the Twohy Building in downtown San Jose, serving coffee and baked treats until 2 p.m. daily. It’s owned by Veronica Ruckman and her family, the same folks behind the Bellano and B2 cafes in Santa Clara and San Pedro Square Market.
The name — it’s shortened to So/Po on the outside sign — has to do with people mingling, and not government, thankfully. So far, the soft-opening rollout has been successful, and the owners plan to ramp up later with extended hours, more food offerings and, eventually, beer and wine.
The South First Street locale had been vacant since the jazzy Blackbird Tavern closed in the fall of 2014, and readers know I’m convinced that this place has been cursed for restaurants since the city forced out popular Mexican restaurant Casa Castillo in 2011. Will Social Policy break the losing streak? If its chances are as good as the coffee and lemon ricotta muffins, things are looking good.