Palo Alto Weekly

Eating Out - November 30, 2012

Shop Talk

THREE NEW RESTAURANTS FOR PALO ALTO ... Three new restaurants are scheduled to open soon in Palo Alto. The first is a casual eatery offering kosher items. Roast Shop at 565 Bryant St. has an array of kosher meats in its carved sandwiches, including pastrami and corned beef. Owned by the restaurant group that created Asian Box at Town & Country Village, Roast Shop is in the former location of Rangoon Restaurant. Also getting ready to open is Campo Pizzeria at 185 University Ave., the former home of Lavanda Restaurant. It will feature morsels such as house-stretched mozzarella and a roasted Brussels-sprout pizza. A mid-December opening is planned. And Freebirds World Burrito will replace the former Wahoo Taco at the corner of El Camino Real and Cambridge Avenue. Freebirds is known for its variety of 40-plus ingredients that customers can add to their burritos, including the restaurant's signature "death sauce." It has also scheduled a December opening.

JAMBA JUICE ON THE MOVE ... As Town & Country Village continues its transition to provide a more upscale shopping experience, Jamba Juice will temporarily close on Dec. 31 as it makes a move to the other side of the mall. It is scheduled to reopen in a larger space that was left vacant when the lease for longtime tenant Korean BBQ was not renewed. In addition, the antique print store Lyons Ltd. recently closed. Replacing Lyons is Emilia Ceramics, a shop that offers brightly colored, hand-painted and handmade ceramic gifts and serveware from France, Italy and Mexico.

A HOTEL FOR LOS ALTOS ... Enchante, a self-described French chateau-style boutique hotel, broke ground this week at the corner of San Antonio Road and Main Street. Hotel creator and manager Abigail Ahrens said that her small hotel, which will have only 18 rooms, will be Los Altos' first in its downtown area in decades. "Guests will enjoy the feeling of a fine European hotel without pulling out their passports," she added.

ALMOST GONE ... PacSun, a California-lifestyle clothing retailer that appeals to teens and young adults, is having a going-out-of-business sale at Stanford Shopping Center. It is expected to close at the end of the year or when all the merchandise is gone. Also scheduled for an end-of-2012 closing is Merry Go Round, one of the oldest consignment shops on the Peninsula. Located at 713 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, it has been in business for 46 years.

MORE BIKE RACKS AT MOLLIE STONE'S ... Good news for cyclists: Mollie Stone's Market at 164 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto has installed new bike racks that will be able to hold 28 bicycles. The decision was made following a meeting between the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Mollie Stone's co-owner David Bennett.

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

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