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We had a story last week about how malls are turning to food retailers to save what in many cases can be described as distressed real estate.  I recently had a chance to visit a new Eataly in Silicon Valley - more precisely, in the Westfield Valley Fair mall in San Jose, where it opened last June, taking up part of three floors in a facility that seems to have more than its share of vacancies.  To be honest, I remain skeptical about the fit.

And, some bonus pictures from Eataly…nice store, but not a lot of customers.