As we all know, legendary Palo Alto landmark Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum Restaurant is about to be evicted from its present location on California Avenue, closing the business and forcing owners Cho and Daisy Yu into involuntary retirement.
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.