Meanwhile, Marie Callender's Restaurant and Bakery on the Los Altos border at 4710 El Camino Real, quietly closed last month. The business directly behind the restaurant, Garden Supply Bay Area, also closed last weekend. Both buildings will be demolished to make way for a new retail store and housing complex. It's all part of the revitalization of the San Antonio Shopping Center area, officials say.
CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE OPENS AT T&C ... Brand-new to Town & Country is Fillmore & 5th, a high-end consignment boutique. The shop, which opened this month, specializes in designer brands. "We love Town & Country and think this location is perfect for our business," Erin Wallace, a spokesperson for the boutique, said. In addition to selling merchandise, Fillmore & 5th also buys used items for its store inventory. Some of the current offerings in the packed store are Prada handbags, Tory Burch clothing and Jimmy Choo shoes. This is Fillmore & 5th's second store; the first opened in April in San Francisco.
THE LATEST CHAPTER ... The future of Know Knew Books at 415 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto has been on a roller coaster for the past four years. Signs in the window talked of its demise, then a new sign gave some hope, and finally, last week, another sign went up saying, "Open for Good." Thank native Palo Altan Cate Nelson for that. "She came in and basically bought the store," said bookstore owner Bill Burress. Financial troubles for Buress had begun in 2008. "Business dropped so bad I couldn't recuperate. I was financially screwed," he said. And up went the signs. "I've been going out of business for years. And then this local citizen comes in and saved us," Burress said. The first time Buress and Nelson met was two months ago. "We talked for four hours," Nelson said. "And the next day I bought the store." She added: "I love this store. I've been coming here for years. And I believe in independent bookstores," she said.