Los Gatos restaurateur opens 2nd Grocer+Goddess close to San Jose airport

Yvonne Khananis is pictured in Polentaria, one of four food-based businesses she owns in downtown Los Gatos. With the closure of Montebello Market, Khananis is seizing the opportunity to move her Grocer+Goddess provisions shop to the market’s former location near the post office. (Photo by Laura Ness)

After opening a second location of Grocer+Goddess near San Jose Mineta International Airport about a month ago, proprietor and entrepreneur Yvonne Khananis is launching a new concept at the original Los Gatos location of her fast-casual restaurant and market.

Amano Authentic Mexican by Grocer+ Goddess was set to open June 12 in Los Gatos. Observing that affordable Mexican food options for dinner are limited in town, Khananis devised the new concept, which will be available in the evenings.

“We’ll pause the breakfast and lunch menus at 3 p.m., and then convert over to our Mexican-themed menu starting at 5 p.m. for dinner service,” she says. “Who doesn’t like Mexican food?”

She plans to roll out the Amano concept at the Skyport Drive location at a future date.

Khananis also has a gluten-free bakery called Oy!, and owns and operates the popular gluten-free and celiac-safe restaurant, Polenteria, in downtown Los Gatos.

Khananis is collaborating on the Amano Authentic Mexican concept with Adrian Loto and Jonathan Vellasco, chefs de cuisine at Polenteria and Grocer+Goddess, respectively.

Although the menu was still being finalized at press time, expect mainstays of Mexican cuisine, including esquite (street corn), nachos, gaucomole and chips, flautas, shrimp and fish ceviche, enchiladas (with choice of green, creamy spicy morita or red guajillo sauces), street tacos (bisteca, pollo, al pastor and camarones for $5 each) and chilaquiles topped with your choice of mole, verde or red sauce.

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