CURRY UP IN; TWO OTHER EATERIES OUT ... Add Miyake and Cafe Renaissance to the growing list of restaurant closings in Palo Alto. Miyake, the noisy, flashy, busy sushi joint at 140 University Ave., ended its decades-long run early last month. And Cafe Renaissance, a Persian eatery at 321 Hamilton Ave., closed its doors on Sept. 21. Scheduled to replace it later this month is Curry Up Now, which will serve Indian street food. The Indian restaurant achieved an almost cult-like following from its food-truck success. Its Facebook page has fans in the thousands. Palo Alto will be its second brick-and-mortar building, after the recent success of its first building in San Mateo, which opened last year.
ALMA VILLAGE TAKING SHAPE ... Alma Plaza is quickly transforming into Alma Village. Starbucks opened this week and Miki's Farm Fresh Market, which is modeled after the popular Berkeley Bowl supermarket, is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 17. Developer John McNellis said he was thrilled with the rapid and smooth construction of the Palo Alto project, which also includes housing, after more than 15 years of planning and neighborhood meetings. "At long, long last, we are almost there. We're just looking forward to the day that all of our homes are sold and occupied, our apartments are rented and our retail shops are happily open for business."
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