Speaking of the Emeryville Public Marketplace, it's time for me to restate a quest I've been on for a decade.
I was in the very first jazz group to play at Kimball's East in Emeryville. Right next door was a huge public market (perhaps the one being discussed in another thread right now...I'm not sure). It was a wonderful market, lots of different cuisines and hard-to-find imported food goods, but the best thing was Bernie.
Bernie was a middle-aged intellectual Mexican dude who ran a Mexican taqueria in the middle of the market. He spoke unaccented English and was such a jazz fan that he recognized, on sight, half the members of our band when they strolled through the market. He was an extremely cool guy, and his food was KILLING. He took great pride in his cooking...used to come over to me with an angry look on his face, waving chunks of meat at me and demanding "Try this! TRY this!!!" (I was always very very glad I did). I learned a lot about Mexican food from Bernie. I remember his saying that he had several other locations around the Bay area, but remember no details.
The operation closed quite a while ago. I lost track of Bernie, he evaporated like a dream. Somebody out there must have memories of this place, and maybe can connect us with where Bernie's currently working....?
Come to think of it, the best way to track him might be via the management of Kimball's East. Bernie was such a huge jazzbo that they must have known him. Maybe I'll send them a fax (are they even still in biz?)