SUN CAFE – c. 1922

SUN CAFE - c. 1922

421 Market Street.
This single story building was originally a shooting gallery. An entrepreneurial Japanese family named Obayashi began serving soup to the customers. Later the soup became more popular than the shooting gallery, and in 1913 the Obayashis took over the shooting gallery and eventually turned it into the Sun Cafe. It was maintained and operated by the Obayashi family until the Japanese Internment in 1942. A family friend operated the business until the Obayashis could return. They then maintained the Sun Cafe until the 1960s. The movie “Almost Famous” was filmed in front of the Sun Cafe. Now it is known as Funky Garcia’s at Sun Cafe, with it’s iconic sign remaining intact.