Some Short Updates

January 28th, 2016 by John Vink

Loyal reader John R. brings us these updates on South Winchester Boulevard:

Oriental Sushi Buffet’s lease was not renewed so they’ve been gone since December.

Toys R Us is closing. An employee told me that the property owner sold the land.

There’s a new BBQ spot, South Winchester BBQ, that went in after Mikasa Grill left (which was after Winchester Chef left).

Recycling Collection Day

June 6th, 2011 by John Vink

Saturday, June 11th is the Recycling Collection Day which benefits the Lynhaven Neighborhood Association. Located at the International Christian Center’s parking lot, it runs from 9 am – 3 pm.

They are using GreenMouse Recycling. Including electronics, they also take microwave ovens, small applicances, and scrap metal.

The International Christian Center is located at 3275 Williams Road, close to Eden Avenue.

The Breakfast Place now open

March 12th, 2011 by John Vink

The Breakfast Place restaurant has opened at 3132 Williams Road at the corner of South Winchester Boulevard and Williams Road.


Hidden behind Mizu Sushi in the Grocery Outlet complex, The Breakfast Place is open for breakfast and lunch from 6 am to 2:30 pm. The menu offers a wide range of American and Mexican options. The breakfasts include American favorites such as bacon, eggs, toast, sausages, sausage patties, omelets, yogurt, cereal, french toast and more. Mexican options include chilaquiles, huevos Mexicanos, and quesadillas. Lunch options include a wide range of sandwiches, hamburgers, and salads. There is also a kids and seniors menu.


The Breakfast Place opened on February 19, 2011.

Shell gas station re-opens at Winchester and Williams

February 28th, 2011 by John Vink

Closed since November 2009, the Shell station at 1025 South Winchester Boulevard at Williams has re-opened in the last month.


Blockbuster closing

February 28th, 2011 by John Vink

The Blockbuster location at the corner of Winchester and Payne is closing soon.


The video retail outlet at 1303 South Winchester Boulevard joins several other businesses at West Park Plaza that are closing or have closed. At the end of 2010, the Tuesday Morning discount retailer closed, and the Safeway is slated to close in early April. The new GEN Japanese Cuisine never opened.

Oriental Sushi Buffet now open

February 5th, 2011 by John Vink

Oriental Sushi Buffet is now open at the old Crazy Buffet location at 780 South Winchester Boulevard.

Oriental Sushi Buffet

Oriental Sushi Buffet

South Winchester News first noticed the Grand Opening on Saturday, February 4th. During the Grand Opening, diners can enjoy a 20% discount.

Oriental Sushi Buffet joins a growing number of Japanese restaurants on Winchester Boulevard. There are about 8 different Japanese restaurants between Stevens Creek Boulevard and highway 85.

Before being Crazy Buffet, the location was a Marie Callander’s.

GEN Japanese Cuisine stalled at West Park Plaza

December 28th, 2010 by John Vink

A new sign for GEN Japanese Cuisine has been hanging at West Park Plaza for months, but renovations for the new restaurant seem to have halted.

GEN Japanese Cuisine

GEN Japanese Cuisine

The new sign for the restaurant appeared around September 2010. However, peeking though the window, it appears that construction has not advanced since then.

Regency Centers, the owner of the West Park Plaza located at Payne and Winchester, had announced in May 2010 that they had leased space to Masa’s Sushi Japanese Cuisine, a sit-down restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, sushi and noodles. It is believed that Masa’s is now named GEN.

Tuesday Morning to close on December 31

December 28th, 2010 by John Vink

Discount retailer Tuesday Morning is to close their store at Winchester and Payne on December 31.

Tuesday Morning at the West Park Plaza

Tuesday Morning at the West Park Plaza

All items are marked down 50% to 80%.

A flyer announces the closing of the store.

A flyer announces the closing of the store.

New Chipotle opened on November 17

November 18th, 2010 by John Vink

The new Chipotle Mexican Grill at 369 South Winchester Boulevard has opened.

New Chipotle on South Winchester

New Chipotle on South Winchester

Located across from Santana Row and beside Kãama Lounge, this location was a shuttered Burger King for the last dozen years or so. The original Burger King building was demolished.

Game Place opens at First Century Plaza

November 13th, 2010 by John Vink

Game Place has finally opened at First Century Plaza near the Century 24 movie theatre at 747 South Winchester Boulevard.

Game Place is now open

Game Place is now open

Under construction for over a year, the video game retail store finally opened on Sunday, November 7. Employees who spoke with the South Winchester News cited problems getting permits from the City of San Jose for the long delayed opening. They had hoped to open before Thanksgiving last year.

Game Place has three additional locations in southern California. In addition to selling video games, they deal in trading and selling of used video games and they repair Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Nintendo Wii, DS Lite and PSP video game consoles.

They currently have a 10% off all video games sale.