Japan's Marugame Udon & China's Shoo Loong Kan Hot Pot Join Growing Roster For San Diego's Zion Market Relocation

April 29, 2024

Japan's popular Marugame Udon and China's Shoo Long Kan Hot Pot have joined the roster of new eateries opening as part of San Diego's Zion Asian Market relocation in Kearny Mesa.

The new site of Zion Market opening this summer less than a mile from the original will have 50,000 square-feet of supermarket space, a rooftop food hall with an estimated 10 restaurants and an onsite speakeasy-like cocktail bar. Previously announced eateries for the 25,000 square-foot food hall include Paris Baguette and a location of Taiwan's Bafang Dumpling, as well as Dot + Dough Donuts, a ramen shop, Vietnamese Coffee, and a sandwich store. The food hall will be designed by San Diego designers James Denton and Michael Soriano, who has designed such local hot spots as The Pearl Hotel, Raglan Public House, Vin De Syrah, and many others. 
Zion Market was established on Convoy Street in 1979 as San Diego's first Korean grocery store. The market first opened as a 3,000 square-foot store, but substantially grew over time and moved to its space at 4611 Mercury Street in San Diego's Kearny Mesa in 2002. The company went on to open additional Zion Markets in Irvine, CA, Oakland, Los Angeles's Koreatown, Buena Park, and Cerritos, as well as branch in Duluth, GA. 
It has now been announced that a second San Diego location of Japan's largest udon noodle restaurant chain Marugame Udon will open in the hall. With over 1,000 locations around the globe, Marugame Udon opened its first San Diego branch within Westfield UTC mall earlier this month. The restaurant serves a menu centered around handcrafted udon noodles, available hot or cold in various sizes in different broths or dry, then customized with an array of toppings such as tempura and onigiri (rice balls with filling). The eatery also offers several rice bowls and sides, as well as soft drinks.
Also opening inside Zion Market is the first area outpost of Shoo Loong Kan Hot Pot, a Chinese hot pot chain with more than 1,000 outlets around the globe. Expect the eatery to have tabletop pots where broth, including its house-special chili broth, will be used to cook a variet of meats, seafood, and vegetables. 

In summer 2013, Zion Market moved its San Diego location from Mercury Street to a former Sears/K-Mart space at 7655 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in Kearny Mesa. The store has been reportedly in the process of moving once again for the past two years, but now it's officially happening.

Zion Market is expected to open its new location in late summer at 8330 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego's Kearny Mesa. For more information, visit zionmarket.com.