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Former Apple store to be razed; combo farm-restaurant planned

Original post made on Apr 1, 2014

Capitalizing on the farm-to-table movement, billionaire philanthropist John Arrillaga is planning to demolish the former downtown Apple store and its next-door neighbor, Footwear etc., and build a combination farm-restaurant.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 9:49 AM

Comments (36)

Posted by, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:24 am


Posted by Dorothy Black, a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

I agree this is certainly different. But when I go out to eat, I want to be SERVED in a seated position and handed a menu from which to select. This is not the restaurant for folks like me.

Posted by LOL, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

Good one! You had me going, thinking the world had turned on its ear--forgot it was April 1st! Had a good laugh!!!

Posted by Eric, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

OMG, well done Weekly News! I was just about to press send to all my friends when I realized...

Posted by Wondering, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

Right now i don't understand - livestock at University Ave? There will be odor ... to say the least ... right?

Posted by Jeanie Smith, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA good one! The photoshopped butcher made me stop and go Wait What?????!!!
Thank you, PAW!

Posted by James, a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:07 am

Well what about enclosing a small open section where folks could choose their own live turkey and shoot it. You know, like choose and cut xmas trees. That would be fun for all. I think it would attract Mr Facebook who, if I recall, vowed only eat meat he killed himself for one year. I think I saw him recently at La Bamba with a veggie burrito.

Posted by Annette, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

Good one! Had me believing until I got to the part about the "failed proposal to build an office-theater complex". Thanks for the chuckle.

Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

I was starting to think that this guy is crazy. Who wants to go and do gardening just to have dinner. Not me...If I am paying someone, I want to be waited on!!
Then I saw the HAFD!! Good one. It sounded really believable!!

Posted by Milk Pail, a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:28 am

This would be sooooo much more convenient for the Milk Pail. We could then keep an eye on our cows!

Posted by member, a resident of Ventura
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

hee hee hahaha!

love the butcher in the back of the photo !

Posted by yardley, a resident of Ventura
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

hehehe, hahahah!
the butcher in the photo, good one!

Posted by resident 1, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:34 am

Whole Foods Market in San Jose is building a store that will incorporate a brewery with the ingredients grown at the store. Note that AT&T Park is growing a garden.

I recommend that the staff read "Setting the Table" by Danny Meyer. It is a tutorial on the restaurant business - how you grow a single restaurant to a major corporation - Union Square Hospitality Group based in New York. The restaurants include Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern - at MOMA, and a host of other restaurants all with different themes. Also Delta's prime offerings for first class travel. The key to success is Hospitality.

Here is a thought - the Maybell grove could have a demonstration garden with a couple of egg laying chickens, etc. for children to experience the farm experience of planning, growing, and eating the food with help from said restaurant. They could have a hands on garden and go eat at FIY to see the whole experience from beginning to end - or ground to table. Very chi-chi.

Posted by Carol Gilbert, a resident of University South
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

Oh this was a good one! You had me until the animals were going to be penned on the property even though I thought the concept was ridiculous :-))

Posted by porter, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Glad to see the new crew has the humor of the old PAW standbys. Good work!

Posted by Sam, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Because of health code requirements, all patrons will need to take and pass food handling tests before they can make a reservation to dine. They will also need to don hair nets and protective gloves due to recent state laws.

Nice job!

Posted by Gullible, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I was totally buying this, after it is Palo Alto. What finally set off my B.S alarm was the assertion that Arrillaga "is a gluten-free vegan". At that point I realized what day it is. Many things are possible in Palo Alto, but not a gluten-free vegan billionaire developer. Great parody!

Posted by observer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

LOL! Funny stuff! Thanks PA Weekly!

Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Apr 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Nora Charles is a registered user.

Well done, Ribs McVany!

Posted by April Fooled, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I was so upset about razing the old Apple (music store before) building that I skimmed right down to the comments. Then I didn't know why anyone would say hahahah about it; THEN I saw the Happy AFD! Love it!!!

Posted by funny, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Hilarious! I first believed it because Palo Alto would do something like this. The only thing that threw me for a loop was catering to vegans and then having animals being slaughtered for meals in the back. Good one!

Posted by Christine, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Must be an April Fool's joke!

Posted by NIMBY, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Thank goodness that the professionals will be executing the livestock:

"Diners can forage the produce-related parts of the meal, while the rest will be executed by professionals in an open kitchen."

Part of the April 1 levity? Well done PAW!

Posted by Eric again, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

The only this it's missing is a GBus with built in kitchen to ease the commutes of the chef, butcher, bartender, sommelier, host and waiters from San Francisco!

Posted by fool me twice, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm

John Arrillaga actually did offer to move the Julia Morgan Building from 27 University to the Maybell orchard, if the City wished. This is when it seemed like the restaurant was closing.

Apparently the City is going to pay to keep it somewhere in the north, like all of the city's other major assets.

Posted by wayne douglass, a resident of Ventura
on Apr 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

When Know Knew Books shuffled off to Los Altos, I speculated with the staff at the soon-to-be-defunct Bargain Box that the restaurant slated to replace it would serve "gourmet haggis." Little did I know that the actual food concept at the restaurant would top mine.

Posted by NIMBY, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

No, no, no. This place of business that will generate traffic and ruin our idyllic small town.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Zuck said he only eats meat he slaughters himself. This would be the place. Had the patron the knives and let them butcher their own dinners.

Posted by K, a resident of University South
on Apr 2, 2014 at 3:25 am

UGH. I live a few blocks from there and almost freaked out reading this especially as a vegan. I imagined having to walk around that area everyday just to avoid having to see those poor animals. Glad it's a joke; otherwise, it started to sound like some kind of horror dystopian true story, which, sadly, seems not completely impossible in PA these days. Besides, that shoe store is really cool.

Posted by GOOD EARTH Restaurant & Bakery, a resident of University South
on Apr 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

We're actively looking for the right spot for our return to downtown Palo Alto so my initial reaction was "Damn, we've been scooped!"
Then we had a good laugh. Nice work PAW.
Who says Palo Alto has lost its sense of humor. Besides, a Giant Cinnamon Butter Bun or Planet Burger will always trump the foraging idea. Alan Moll

Posted by Astonished, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2014 at 9:14 am

What absolute, arrant nonsense this idea is. Surely this great philanthropist, Arrillaga, has more intelligent ones, which could put the money to better use? T here are hundreds of thousands of better ways to disperse one's wealth to serve the community. This particular plan is one of the most mediocre ones, and he should be embarrassed by it.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

It's not April Fool's Day anymore -- don't use this "joke-story" to make fools of people. Not responsible journalism.

Posted by Old-timer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:11 am

It's fun to see comments are still coming, even on April 2nd. A friendly request to Neighbor from someone enjoying these clever stories: lighten up.

Posted by Mike Alexander, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Apr 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I do hope they call it The Restaurant at the End of the Universe!

Posted by Jimmy, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Do they serve cow pies?

Posted by Palo Alto Mom, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

This is so very funny! Thank you Palo Alto Weekly!

I must admit I thought the news was strange but fell for it nonetheless!

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