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Eating Out - July 9, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

TOTAL ECLIPSE: BELLA LUNA ... The authentic Italian restaurant in the charming red brick building is gone. Bella Luna Ristorante at 233 University Ave. in Palo Alto, which had been in business since March 1999, suddenly closed its doors at the end of June. The tables are still set, the menus are neatly stacked on a podium at the entrance and the window boxes have been carefully moved from the outside to the inside directly behind the front door. Although it appears as if this was a quick and unexpected departure, leasing agent Sam Arsan of Arsan Realty says no. "There were no major issues. It just wasn't working the way it was. So part of the negotiation between landlord and tenant was to leave everything in place. It was a mutual agreement," Arsan said. The whole building, which wraps around the corner at Ramona Street and also houses Mills the Florist, Da Coffee Spot and Da Hookah Spot, is currently for lease if the right high-end tenant comes along, Arsan said. Susie Mills, who co-owns the building with her sister, Leslie, said, "There are lots of different options, and, yes, we would lease out the entire building if the right person comes along — but that's not what we're looking for." Yet Mills the Florist would not cease to exist, she added: "If that happens we would relocate." Her grandfather bought the building in the early 1960s.

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Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out or in? Daryl Savage will check it out. She can be e-mailed at shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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