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Shop Talk: Goodbye Selix Formal Wear, welcome back Papa Murphy's

Business openings, closings and more

Palo Alto's only tuxedo shop closes its doors, Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza returns to Palo Alto and Stanford University gets a "flexitarian" restaurant.

AW SHUCKS, NO TUX ... Palo Alto's only tuxedo shop closed its doors earlier this month. Selix Formal Wear, 164 University Ave., became the local victim when the Bay-Area tuxedo company announced bankruptcy and abruptly closed all six of its stores. A peek through the locked doors of the Palo Alto store last week showed a completely stocked showroom, tuxedos and all, with the register on the front counter still displaying a long roll of paper receipts from its last day of business. The timing of the tuxedo store's closure is unfortunate. Prom season begins in April for Palo Alto's two public high schools. "It's sad that Selix went out of business. They've been around for a long time," said Mario Cassara, who owns a store in Los Altos that rents tuxedos. "We've already seen an increase in our business here," he said. Cassara Brothers Clothiers, 981 N. San Antonio Road, opened in 1968, "and we plan on sticking around," Cassara said.

PAPA MURPHY'S PIZZA RETURNS TO PA ... Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza is planning to open in Barron Park next month at 3850 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. It is taking over a former Mexican restaurant, which began as a Taco Bell and later changed over to Chalateco. The site then stood vacant for several years until Papa Murphy's took over in late 2014. The pizza shop is currently putting on its finishing touches for an expected March opening, pending city inspections. Palo Altans may remember another Papa Murphy's, which had a long run in Midtown that ended in October 2012, when the restaurant chose not to renew its lease at 2730 Middlefield Road.

FLEXITARIAN CAFE ON STANFORD CAMPUS ... Forbes Family Cafe is the newest restaurant to hit the Stanford University campus. Calling its cuisine "flexitarian," it is located in the former site of Ike's Place, in the Science and Engineering Quad. Forbes opened in late December and has seen incredible success in its short time on campus. "We concentrate mainly on plant-based foods, but we also have some meat options. That's why this place is called flexitarian," said one of the cashiers during the lunchtime rush. It is also one of the few restaurants anywhere that offers a salad bar priced not by weight, but by the container it fills. "It's more efficient that way. We can move customers much faster in and out," said the cashier, who asked that his name not be used. The cafe also has an eye toward buying from local farmers and vendors; the constantly changing menu reflects that commitment. According to a blackboard posted in the restaurant, "Revenues generated go directly to supporting student room and board rates."

Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. Email shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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