CITY HALL CAFE NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC ...
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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