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Shop Talk: New restaurants open, Beautyland closes

This week's retail news

New eateries Vina Enoteca and The Coppersmith are slated to open in Palo Alto, while Stanford Mall's Beautyland goes out of business.

RESTAURANT REPLACES CALIFORNIA CAFE ... A new Italian restaurant is slated to open in the old location of California Cafe. The former space at the Stanford Barn, 700 Welch Road, has been gutted so that it can be transformed into Vina Enoteca, which, literally translated, means "wine repository." Owner Rocco Scordella also runs the popular Tootsie's, a tiny, authentic Italian coffee shop surrounded by a field of lavender adjacent to the new restaurant. Vina Enoteca, tentatively scheduled for a fall opening, will serve lunch and dinner in its spacious, 6,500-square-foot location.

NEW EATERY TO OPEN DOWNTOWN ... The 1902 red-brick building at 233 University Ave. is about to become a restaurant again. It was most recently home to the short-lived " innovation center," BHuman, whose young entrepreneurs described the venture as part restaurant, part art gallery, part lecture hall and part event center. Perhaps that was one too many parts. BHuman lasted less than three months, closing in May. The space will now become The Coppersmith, a restaurant that's "a step up from casual," according to restaurateur Kasim Syed, who also owns the nearby English pub, Rose & Crown, at 547 Emerson St. Planning has just begun, with no time yet set for when the restaurant will open.

BEAUTYLAND A GONER ... After 20 years at the Stanford Shopping Center, Beautyland is calling it quits. The beauty supply shop will close its doors for good once every item including fixtures and display cases is sold. The store is currently holding a half-off sale. "We plan to go out with a bang; we have great prizes to give away to help promote the sale," said Beautyland owner Michael Rallo. "It's our way of thanking our loyal customers for all of these years in business." He also noted, "With the competition of the internet, it makes it extremely difficult for a mom-and-pop business to survive with one store."

Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? Daryl Savage will check them out. Email shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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