PARKING CONCERNS AS NEW HOTEL OPENS DOWNTOWN ... As workers put the finishing touches on the highly anticipated Epiphany Hotel, scheduled to open next month in the transformed site of the iconic Casa Olga, 180 Hamilton Ave., at least one Palo Alto developer is concerned about the apparent lack of parking spaces. The eight-story, 86-room luxury hotel does not have a parking lot or garage for its guests. "I don't know how they're going to do it. How do you run a hotel without parking spaces? Parking is gold," said local developer Chop Keenan, who owns hotels in Half Moon Bay and Hermosa Beach. The Epiphany will offer valet parking to its guests, according to the hotel website, but it has one nearby business owner wondering if an already over-parked downtown could get worse. "We're excited about the Epiphany opening around the corner. It looks like a beautiful hotel and it will be great to have more people staying downtown overnight, but our customers already complain about parking here," said one merchant who runs a small business on Ramona Street. Asking that her name not be used in this story, she worries about hotel guests who opt out of valet parking and prefer to find street parking on their own. "I hope it doesn't impact Ramona (Street)," she said.
Shop Talk columnist Daryl Savage
GROCERY OUTLET EYES AN APRIL OPENING ...
After Grocery Outlet obtained final approval in December from the City of Palo Alto regarding its 26-foot-tall sign at Alma Village, it is now full-speed-ahead for the discount grocer to move into the space that formerly housed the short-lived Miki's Farm Fresh Market. Grocery Outlet is scheduled to open in April.
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