Town Square

Post a New Topic

Shop Talk: Palo Alto's tiniest full-service restaurant

Original post made on Nov 15, 2007

CREPERIE OR CLOSET? . . . It's smaller than a walk-in closet in some Palo Alto homes, but it has a liquor license and serves crepes. It's the newest addition to downtown Palo Alto's ever-growing string of cafes. Bistro Maxine at 548 Ramona St. is so tiny, in fact, that the 13 chairs and five tables barely fit in the 312-square-foot space, only half of which is used for seating. The other half is the kitchen. How did they do it? "I can make anything fit. Size doesn't intimidate me," said Judy Chapman, a professional organizer and one of three owners of Bistro Maxine. The other two owners, Stephanie Wansek and Georges Wansek, who were once married but are now "friendly exes," have thrown themselves into their new cafe. Between the three of them, they make sure one of them is in the restaurant at all times. Bistro Maxine has an extensive menu of crepes and coffees, but a few doors down is another coffee shop, Coupa Cafe. "There is absolutely no competition. We're all here together," Stephanie said, adding, "They (Coupa) do their South American shtick; we do our French shtick." Stephanie Wansek, by the way, also manages the Cardinal Hotel, which is just steps away from Bistro Maxine. "That's how I found this place," she said. And as far as the diminutive size of the eatery, it's been confirmed. "Yep, it's the smallest one in Palo Alto with a liquor license," Palo Alto City Planner Steve Emslie said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 12:00 AM

Comments

There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Handmade truffle shop now open in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 2,315 views

Why is doing nothing so difficult?
By Sally Torbey | 7 comments | 1,060 views

Breastfeeding Tips
By Jessica T | 4 comments | 845 views

Weekly Update
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 721 views

Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
By Nick Taylor | 1 comment | 242 views