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Andale Taqueria closing

Original post made by Sue Dremann, staff writer, Palo Alto Weekly, another community, on Jan 26, 2009

People are asking about the sudden closing of Andale Taqueria on University Avenue, a big loss for Andale fans.

Andale was another victim of the financial crisis. I interviewed the manager about a month ago and she said it had been really dead at night. Lunch was sometimes better. I, too, thought they still did a pretty good business, but I guess they just decided to throw in the towel.

When gas prices went up, they raised their prices. I think that made some frequent customers cut back.

Andale lovers can still get their fix at two other locations that are staying open, but you'll have to travel. According to an employee at one of their other locations, Los Gatos and San Francisco International Airport restaurants remain open.

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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Lulus is better. It's opening a new location at Town and Country. Darwinism I guess.


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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Andale's was a long time favorite of downtown Palo Alto office workers who could walk to inexpensive lunch restaurants. I guess now that high rents are forcing restaurants to raise prices and also forcing employers to leave the downtown area, all the cheaper restaurants are having trouble making ends meet.


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Posted by Me
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm

"Lulus is better" Says you?


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Well, let's analyze the facts. Andale is closing. Lulu's is going from one location to two locations. Sounds like Lulu's is getting plenty of business and perhaps Andale wasn't.


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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I bet the rent at Lulu's locations is quite a bit different from University Ave.


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm

"I interviewed the manager about a month ago and she said it had been really dead at night."

vs.

Go to Lulu's some night - different story...

Don't fight the facts.


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Woodside
on Jan 27, 2009 at 12:25 am

Andale was total suburban blanco mex food. Businesses come and go in downtown PA, see ya andale. Maybe we'll get a nice rug store?


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Posted by Andale fan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 27, 2009 at 10:12 am



I've never been to Lulu's but it will now forever remind me of Rob and George and the other posters here who make me lose my appetite! geez, what is it with you guys? so angry that you need to take it out on a closing business? Maybe you've been having too many tequilas at Lulus.

Andale was one of my family's great options, we'll miss it!


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Posted by Hank Beasley
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 2, 2009 at 10:37 am

Andale was great - although I find it hilarious that another commenter suggests a rug store. How many are there already on University?