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Umami Burger calls it quits in downtown Palo Alto

Umami Burger has closed after nearly seven years on University Avenue in Palo Alto. The 452 University Ave. burger eatery "closed due lease expiration,"...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 13, 2020
Last comment by Jorge, on Apr 24, 2020 at 5:42 pm | 16 comments | 21186 Views


Ghost kitchens, fast growing and controversial, offer a lifeline for some restaurants during COVID-19

Long before the coronavirus hit the Bay Area, the owners of San Francisco Indian restaurant Dosa partnered with Virtual Kitchen Co. with plans to open 20 delivery-only...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 21, 2020
Last comment by resident, on Apr 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm | 4 comments | 19433 Views


'They're all scared beyond belief.' Palo Alto's Dan Gordon's closes as local restaurants face uncertain future

Dan Gordon's -- the reinvented version of the original Gordon Biersch brewery and restaurant, born in the same downtown Palo Alto space in 1988 -- has closed permanently. Owner...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 13, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Apr 20, 2020 at 5:05 pm | 47 comments | 29365 Views


Virtual pizza making? Instagram live cocktail hour? During COVID-19, local businesses turn to online classes

I've never met Tian Mayimin of Little Sky Bakery but on a recent afternoon, I watched her make pizza from scratch in her home kitchen in Menlo Park -- all from the...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 17, 2020
Last comment by Max Hauser, on Apr 17, 2020 at 9:51 am | 1 comment | 12082 Views


Singapore's oldest cafe was about to open in Palo Alto. Then, the coronavirus hit.

When six Bay Area counties first ordered all residents to shelter at home for three weeks in mid-March, Killiney Kopitiam, a Singaporean cafe in downtown Palo Alto,...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 8, 2020
Last comment by Martin Engel, on Apr 15, 2020 at 5:08 pm | 6 comments | 25392 Views


San Mateo e-commerce company launches takeout platform to help local restaurants

Rakuten is an international e-commerce company that gives cash back and shopping deals to 13 million users in the United States. Starting today, though, the...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 13, 2020
Last comment by chris, on Apr 13, 2020 at 8:46 pm | 2 comments | 14328 Views


Drive-through farmers markets? The Peninsula's food industry pivots to the new normal.

Two local food operators, a farmers market and a restaurant, are pivoting to drive-through service models to adapt to the Bay Area's shelter in place order. The...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 23, 2020
Last comment by C, on Apr 1, 2020 at 11:38 am | 8 comments | 18176 Views


Restaurants shutter temporarily while other double down on delivery, ways to survive coronavirus downturn

==I For more updates on restaurant closures, read this story:

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 13, 2020
Last comment by West Menlo, on Mar 26, 2020 at 4:27 pm |
9 comments | 18664 Views


Facing monthslong closure due to chemical contamination, Mountain View brewery Tied House calls it quits

Mountain View's longstanding Tied House abruptly closed over the weekend after owner Louis Jemison received "disappointing" news about a lengthy, required...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Dec. 23, 2019
Last comment by hleatherjackets, on Mar 20, 2020 at 12:18 pm | 30 comments | 51022 Views


'Nobody is dining out.' Palo Alto Chinese restaurant Taste is on the brink of permanently shutting down amidst coronavirus spread

==I For more updates on the coronavirus impact on local restaurants, read this story:

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 10, 2020
Last comment by 40-year Chinese cook, on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:05 am |
39 comments | 44916 Views


Palo Alto's Fowl Play Roadside Chicken shutters for 'maintenance'

Fowl Play Roadside Chicken at 3850 El Camino Real in Palo Alto has been dark for several weeks,...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Dec. 19, 2019
Last comment by MRM22, on Mar 14, 2020 at 5:49 pm | 11 comments | 13632 Views


San Francisco's RT Rotisserie, Italian Homemade Company start delivery on the Peninsula out of DoorDash virtual kitchen

Two popular San Francisco restaurants are now delivering on the Peninsula out of DoorDash's shared commissary kitchen in Redwood City: RT Rotisserie and the Italian...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 11, 2020
Last comment by Tod, on Mar 11, 2020 at 4:47 pm | 1 comment | 11461 Views


Khinkali & clay pot chicken: San Carlos gets the Bay Area's second Georgian restaurant

In the Georgian language, "supra" refers to the communal act of gathering around a table to share a meal. Shalva Dzotsenidze wants to spread "supra"...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by eater, on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:28 am | 2 comments | 14270 Views


Boba report: Tea It Up opens in Menlo Park; milk tea and mochi donuts headed to Palo Alto

In the latest local boba news, Tea It Up is now open at 993 El Camino Real in Menlo Park and Te Amo Boba is opening on March 13 at 4131 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. {IMG...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 3, 2020
Last comment by Law Enforcement Endorse Mochi Donuts Too!, on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:15 am | 3 comments | 17806 Views


Anne Le Ziblatt, formerly of Tamarine and Bong Su, is back with a Vietnamese noodle bar in Redwood City

Editor's note: Nam Vietnamese Brasserie opened on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5:30-9 p.m. Dinner hours will be Tuesday- Sunday, 5:30-9 p.m. Lunch will start in March. When...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jan. 20, 2020
Last comment by ryan, on Mar 8, 2020 at 7:55 am | 8 comments | 16125 Views


'It is all much harder for the smaller guys.' Kristi Marie's shutters in Redwood City

Kristi Marie's closed Friday after five years of business in downtown Redwood City. "We found success through you, our wonderful guests who supported us...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 2, 2020
Last comment by Greg Dineen, on Mar 7, 2020 at 6:44 am | 6 comments | 17501 Views


Portland's Thai food darling Pok Pok will be popping up on the Peninsula this spring

Editor's note: The Four Seasons announced on March 11 that the Pok Pok pop-up has been postponed due to "current events" surrounding the coronavirus. Pok...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 20, 2020
Last comment by Jane Garner, on Mar 6, 2020 at 8:40 pm | 3 comments | 22874 Views


The Market at Edgewood to celebrate local women-owned food businesses at weekend event

Palo Alto grocery store The Market at Edgewood is hosting a tasting event to highlight local women-owned food businesses this Saturday, March 7. Bread, nut butters,...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 5, 2020
Last comment by Dave S., on Mar 5, 2020 at 6:07 pm | 1 comment | 12175 Views


Su Hong 2.0? Former waiter reopens Chinese standby under new name in Palo Alto

Su Hong Palo Alto is back, albeit under a new name and owner but with the same food beloved by generations of customers. The longtime Chinese restaurant at 4256...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Dec. 6, 2019
Last comment by Jonathan Anonuevo, on Mar 3, 2020 at 3:56 pm | 13 comments | 25380 Views


Redwood City gets two new barbecue restaurants

Quality barbecue spots are few and far between on the Peninsula, but two new restaurants serving...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 27, 2020
Last comment by White Folks Don't Eat Chitlins, on Mar 2, 2020 at 1:38 pm | 7 comments | 25705 Views
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