After a short-lived season of business, the SoFa Market will temporarily close with the exception of one vendor during renovations that will bring several new offerings to the market.

In a Facebook announcement, SoFa Market posted a rather detailed status announcing that the difficult journey of opening a communal market space filled with various vendors in the SoFa District is taking some time to come into fruition. “Please bear with us. We believe in downtown San Jose and the SoFA neighborhood in particular. We are in this for the long run, and if this were easy, everyone would have done it already,” the status read.

The market will close on Feb. 1 with plans to reopen in April to allow for revitalization and welcome new vendors. The new vendors scheduled to open in April include On the Flip Side with burgers and skewers, Konjoe-Tei  with ramen and Japanese tapas, Hawaiian Poke Bowl and an ice cream shop. A full-service bar, the Fountainhead, is scheduled to open in March.

Thang Do, senior principal at AEDIS, the architectural firm that owns the space, said that the market would also like to have a pizza vendor as well as Mexican food, but details are still being discussed.

Vero’s Coffee, which is located at the front of the Market, will stay throughout construction. Owner Omar Quinonez said he hopes with the disruptive renovations, that customers won’t be thwarted from stopping by for a cup of coffee.

Business is still not quite where Quinonez would like it to be but after the market changes, the shop plans to do more marketing and social media to encourage the community to visit. Though Vero’s is going to stick around, the Falafel Bar will close with the rest of the market and will not reopen.

Do explained that in hindsight, the opening of the market late last year was perhaps premature but the temporary closure allows for a bulk of construction to get done at once rather than pieceameal.

“This is a good opportunity to take a breather and restart again with a more full lineup of businesses,” Do said. “We will have significant amount of construction to launch new generation of stores.”

As the grand re-opening gets closer Do said the Market hopes to also announce opening day events to draw in the community.

“I hope that the trend in the neighborhood of more businesses will continue, and we will be part of the resurgence of  the SoFa District,” Do said. “With all the businesses open, I hope it will crate a vibe that draws people in and [the Market] becomes an anchor of the neighborhood.”