Palo Alto Weekly

Eating Out - July 5, 2013

Shop Talk

KOSHER RESTAURANT CLOSES ... Palo Alto's only kosher restaurant is no more. The Roast Shop, located at 565 Bryant St., was an ambitious but short-lived venture that served hand-carved sandwiches with a variety of kosher meats. It began business just six months ago in the former spot of Rangoon Restaurant, but closed its doors and disconnected its phone last month. A sign on the front window says in part, "The Roast Shop is now open for private parties and is no longer a kosher restaurant." This marks the second closure of a kosher restaurant in this area. In Mountain View, The Kitchen Table on Castro Street lasted three years before closing last summer.

ELABORATE SPA OPENS IN STRIP MALL ... A modern, Korean-inspired spa has opened in the former space of the Blockbuster Video store at 3990 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. The 5,500-square-foot space, which was gutted to make way for the high-end, elaborate Immersion Spa, took a full year to complete. June Kwon, who co-owns the spa with her sister, Soo, added some unusual features. "We have a Himalayan-salt room, a eucalyptus-infused steam sauna, and multi-jetted spas ranging from hot to ice-cold. Our spa is geared toward wellness," said Kwon, who has an extensive background in holistic treatments, massage and acupuncture. "We chose Palo Alto for our location because we felt there was a void for this type of comprehensive wellness treatment." Immersion, which opened July 1, is the newest occupant in the small strip mall, which also includes Baja Fresh, Jamba Juice and C2 Education Center, a tutoring service.

KNOW KNEW BOOKS RELOCATES ... The on again, off again closing of Know Knew Books at 415 California Ave. in Palo Alto now looks like it is definitely on, at least in the current space. The bookstore's last day of business in Palo Alto is Aug. 19. It's scheduled to reopen in September at 366 State St. in Los Altos.

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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