Saving Cho's Restaurant
Original post made by Chris Clementson on Feb 1, 2014
I was born and raised in Palo Alto and now live in the Los Angeles area. I visit Cho's every time I'm in Palo Alto. Here in Los Angeles, the Food Truck or Catering Truck has become very popular for tiny food service operations the size of Cho's. A Food Truck is the crux of my idea to save Cho's from extinction:
My idea is that fans and customers of Cho's in prosperous Palo Alto donate to a fund to be established for the purpose of acquiring a food truck which would enable Cho's to remain in business.
Acquiring a food truck is the first prong of the idea. The second prong is to find space for the truck to operate. Perhaps a semi-permanent place could be found along Park blvd or Sherman ave. The truck would thus have access to sidewalk space. Perhaps the city could charge a nominal parking fee of, say, $10 per month. In addition to the ongoing cost of food and supplies which any restaurant faces, the cost of insuring and licensing the vehicle would have to be addressed.
That is my idea. The devil, as they say, is in the details. First, Cho himself would have to be interested. A fund would have to be established and donations solicited for the acquisition of a truck, or some other means of financing would have to be obtained. Insurance is another consideration. Unfortunately, due to my lack of proximity to Palo Alto and the demands on my time, I am not able to become personally involved; someone else would have to take up the cause. I merely throw this out as an idea for saving Cho's from extinction.
on Feb 3, 2014 at 12:03 am
Why don't you ask Cho if he is interested before posting here? And ask the city if food trucks are allowed to park indefinitely in Palo Alto - I think they are quite strict.
Frankly, I grew up in Palo Alto and am now raising my children here, yet have never been to Cho's because it doesn't appear clean. There are plenty of Chinese restaurants in Silicon Valley.
on Feb 3, 2014 at 10:51 am
My family has eaten at Cho's for over 30 yrs. We have never gotten sick from the food or location and various family members have gotten sick from numerous other fancier restaurants. I give Cho's a lot of credit in the food safety department. The food has been hot and fresh during all those 30 yrs. Yes, a very small, crowded,decor-challenged place.
on Feb 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm
Posting here merely exposes the idea. Researching Cho's interest and city law can be taken up separately.
The on-line petition to save Cho's had over 1,500 "signatures" last time I looked, so clearly there is an interest. I kind of doubt the landlord will change its decision.
Isn't Cho's subject to health department inspection just like any other restaurant?