Shop TalkPALO ALTO HOBEE'S CLOSING NEXT WEEK ... After 28 years of serving its tall, streusel-topped, blueberry coffeecake, the branch of Hobee's restaurant in Town & Country Village in Palo Alto will close Jan. 6. The upscale burger joint Gott's Roadside is set to replace it. Ed Fike, president of Hobee's, said the management at T&C attempted to work with him to get Hobee's to stay put by upgrading the space. "We were given the option to stay, but with that came certain contingencies. Unfortunately, those contingencies added up to well beyond what we could afford," Fike said. He added that he has tried to place most of his employees at the eight other Hobee's restaurants in the Bay Area. There will still be a Hobee's remaining in Palo Alto, at 4224 El Camino Real.
PALO ALTO GETS ITS SECOND DRY BAR ... It may sound like a place for recovering substance-abusers, but the term "dry bar" refers to hair salons that offer a single service: washing and blow-drying hair. The Drybar, a national franchise that started in 2010, is scheduled to open a location at Palo Alto's Stanford Shopping Center next month. Customers sit at a bar, and the blow dryers are attached to the ceiling. For $35, stylists wash and blow-dry hair. The city's other blow-dry bar, Halo, opened its doors two years ago in Town & Country Village. Blow-dry salons, which are popping up all over the country, have become a social experience, as the salons now offer parties and bridal showers.
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