Shop Talk: Restaurants relocate, open new sites

Midtown and City Hall offer new dining options


The City Hall Cafe, on Level A at 250 Hamilton Ave., usually serves up breakfast and lunch for busy City of Palo Alto staff members. But in the two weeks since it has opened to the public, the proprietor has noticed a gentle but steady uptick in sales. "It's something the city has been looking at for quite awhile," said Kathy Bradley, contract administrator for cafeteria services. Visitors can choose from a variety of breakfast options, including pastries, bagels and omelets, and an array of lunch sandwiches and salads as well as offerings from the grill.

JOANIE'S CAFE TO TAKE OVER FORMER ROUND TABLE ... California Avenue breakfast-and-lunch joint Joanie's Cafe, repeatedly voted "Best Breakfast" by a poll of Palo Alto Weekly readers, will be moving to a new location this June. "We get so many people Friday, Saturday and Sunday that we need more space," said Maxine Roucoule, general manager. Joanie's Cafe will maintain its current location at 447 S. California Ave. as the restaurant rebuilds the former site of Round Table Pizza on the corner of California Avenue and Ash Street for a larger clientele and staff. "It's so far, so good," Roucoule said.

SANCHO'S BRANCH TO OPEN IN MIDTOWN ... Sancho's, the casual Mexican eatery known for its fresh fish tacos and ceviches, will open its second Palo Alto outpost this summer. The new location at 2723 Middlefield Road in Midtown will be more sit-down friendly, an employees said, but preserve the Sancho's model of fresh Mexican fare at affordable prices. The current location at 491 Lytton Ave. offers both indoor and outdoor seating, but it's more popular for take-out orders. "Over there, we're going to have more of a dining area so that people can sit down and enjoy their beer," manager Jose Prado said.

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Posted by Diner
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

Sanchos, Welcome to Midtown. We need more restaurants in walking distance.

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Posted by David
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thank you for this new feature; will it be a "regular"?

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Posted by Another taqueria in Midtown
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Don't we have taqueria already at the walgreens? Midtown is pretty small area. Whose spot is this one taking?

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Posted by SW
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thank you for this update. I have seen the vacant storefront in between the Subway and Youngbuilders being remodeled and was wondering what was going in there. My family will look forward to having another restaurant to walk to!

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Posted by moi
a resident of University South
on Apr 2, 2011 at 3:41 am

I love the Sancho's on Lytton and look forward to having one south as well. Well done, guys!

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Posted by OVAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Once a nice quiet spot for city hall workers to buy a meal and drink and catch up on their paperwork outside of the workplace on Level A. Cafeteria has now become a new home for the homeless. Guess the new workers at city hall put in charge of the cafeteria services have bought into Keene's theory thats it all about money. Keene never got it that this was an employee workplace. Too bad for the vendor as employees avoid this hole and its new amenities.

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