EAST PALO ALTO GETS AN IZZY'S ... As Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels celebrates its 16th year in Palo Alto at 477 S. California Ave., it has opened a second shop in East Palo Alto. Located at 2220 University Ave. at Bell Street, it sits behind Three Brothers Tacos in a small strip mall. Izzy's general manager Diana Arzate said she was thrilled with the new venue. "We have been looking for a second location for at least five years, but we were having trouble finding a spot nearby with reasonable rent," she said, adding that she has lived in East Palo Alto for 13 years and not found any healthful options for breakfast in town. The 2,000-square-foot bagel shop has scheduled a grand opening, with free bagels, for July 4.
SHOKOLAAT SHUTTERED ... Shokolaat Restaurant at 516 University Ave. in Palo Alto served its last truffle on June 16. The building's landlord plans to convert the downtown building to retail and office space in another year, and though he offered Shokolaat one more year of life before the conversion, "We weren't interested in taking it," said co-owner Shekoh Moossayi, who shared ownership of the restaurant with her husband, Mark Ainsworth. The couple plans to move to France.
NEW RESTAURANTS AT STANFORD ... The fast-casual Mexican grill Chipotle opened this month at Stanford Shopping Center, next to Pinkberry. Although the menu is identical to those of other restaurants in the chain, the interior has a different look, with a long, sleek contemporary style. Also newly opened in the mall is Yucca de Lac, a tropical-looking indoor/outdoor Asian-fusion restaurant. Located near California Pizza Kitchen, Yucca de Lac hails from Hong Kong, where it has been a mainstay for 50 years.
BETSEY GOES BANKRUPT ... The news is not so great for Betsey Johnson, whose unconventional, high-end clothing and accessories store is no more. The company has filed for bankruptcy, forcing all of its 63 stores to close, including the one at Stanford Shopping Center. The only items that remained were the black-and-white checkered tile floor and a handwritten sign on the window that said "Closed Forever." But even those remnants were covered recently when the space was boarded up, awaiting a new tenant. Betsey Johnson fashions can still be found at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's.
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