Palo Alto Weekly

Eating Out - August 12, 2011

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BUMBLE BEGINNINGS ...Bumble, billed as a "play cafe," is set to open later this summer at 145 First St. in Los Altos. It is intended as a cafe with a kids' playspace and patio for families to meet and eat organic food. Bumble will be housed in a 100-year-old cottage, with the decorations chosen to maintain "the quaintness and charm of the cottage," cafe director Emily Richard said. Several soft openings are being scheduled before the grand opening. More information is at bumblelosaltos.com. — SUBWAY ON THE AVENUE

...Another Subway Restaurant is making its way to Palo Alto. Located at 205 University Ave., the restaurant is planned as a standard franchise with the same sandwiches, deals and promotions provided at other Subways. The store is still under construction, and owner Amos Wu said he hopes to open his eatery in August. It will replace the Subway forced to close because of the Walgreens fire, which Wu also owned. This new restaurant will be Wu's fourth in Palo Alto; he also owns and operates others on California Avenue, El Camino Real and Middlefield Road. — MALL'S CARTIER CLOSES ...After nearly a decade at Stanford Shopping Center, the French jeweler and watchmaker Cartier has closed its location in the mall. Cartier did not renew its lease when it expired in July, and no information has yet been released on which retailer will occupy the empty space. Julie Kelly from the mall's managing and marketing department said, "We are very committed to offering customers a luxurious shopping experience and are excited to soon have a new retailer add to that experience." — LOCAL CURVES CLOSES, TOO ... Palo Alto's first Curves branch, located at 839 Emerson St., will now be the last of its franchise in the area to close. Since opening in 2003, Curves on Emerson has offered strengthening and cardio workouts in 30-minute circuits. By the end of this month, it will become one of the nearly 2,000 branches that have closed in the U.S since 2009. "We hate to see a club close. Our clients are very important to us, which is why they are able to transfer to another club free of charge," said Becky Frusher from Curves' corporate communications office. Susan Empey, owner of the Curves on Emerson, declined to comment on the reason it was closing. —

Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Shop Talk will check it out. Email shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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