FAZ Restaurant in North San Jose High-tech Corridor—The Mercury News

Chef Faz Poursohi checks the fresh quince from Fresno that he buys from "Uncle" Ray Nazari of Valley Fresh Produce and Groceries outside of Faz Restaurant and Bar in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Faz uses the quince to make quince preserves. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group

Faz Poursohi knows the recipe for success. The Iranian-born restaurateur recently added to his small restaurant empire by opening his fifth FAZ restaurant (the others are in Sunnyvale, Oakland, Pleasanton and Danville, which has been around since 1991) in North San Jose’s budding tech hub.

Since his restaurant is housed on the ground floor of The Verdant, an apartment and retail complex, Poursohi is a pioneer; his is one of the first restaurants in a neighborhood where city officials have hopes of creating a vibrant “live-work” urban environment, but the area seems far from reaching critical mass.

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