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Woodside Bakery & Cafe to close its doors on March 15

The last day of business for the Woodside Bakery & Cafe will be Tuesday, March 15, according to Jan Sweyer, who co-owns the popular Woodside restaurant with her brother Mark Sweyer.

There will be a farewell party with a $25 buffet dinner on that evening at the restaurant at 3052 Woodside Road, Sweyer said. Call 650-851-0812 to make a reservation.

The property owner is the Roberts family, which owns the complex of shops and restaurants at the northwest corner of Woodside and Canada roads as well as the Roberts Market grocery stores in Woodside and Portola Valley.

The Sweyers were caught by surprise late last year when the property owner notified them that they had to close the restaurant and that another business was going to take over the space. The Roberts family initially set a deadline of Jan. 15 for the restaurant owners to leave, the Sweyers said, but later granted a two-month extension.

Asked for the name of the business moving into the restaurant's spot, Christine Roberts said the lease had not yet been signed but that she was expecting that to happen later in the week.

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"We're almost there," she said. The business model will be an echo of the current tenant: a bakery and cafe combination, Roberts said.

The Woodside Bakery will be opening a wholesale operation on Constitution Drive in Menlo Park in three to four weeks, Sweyer said. Bianchini's markets in Ladera and San Carlos will be selling the Woodside Bakery's danishes, pies and bread, she said.

The closing of the restaurant means the layoff of 52 of the establishment's 65 employees, Sweyer said, adding that the remaining 13 will be taken on to operate the wholesale bakery.

Asked if she and her brother are going to be reopening the restaurant somewhere nearby, Sweyer replied: "We have no location yet."

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Woodside Bakery & Cafe to close its doors on March 15

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Uploaded: Mon, Mar 7, 2016, 12:44 pm

The last day of business for the Woodside Bakery & Cafe will be Tuesday, March 15, according to Jan Sweyer, who co-owns the popular Woodside restaurant with her brother Mark Sweyer.

There will be a farewell party with a $25 buffet dinner on that evening at the restaurant at 3052 Woodside Road, Sweyer said. Call 650-851-0812 to make a reservation.

The property owner is the Roberts family, which owns the complex of shops and restaurants at the northwest corner of Woodside and Canada roads as well as the Roberts Market grocery stores in Woodside and Portola Valley.

The Sweyers were caught by surprise late last year when the property owner notified them that they had to close the restaurant and that another business was going to take over the space. The Roberts family initially set a deadline of Jan. 15 for the restaurant owners to leave, the Sweyers said, but later granted a two-month extension.

Asked for the name of the business moving into the restaurant's spot, Christine Roberts said the lease had not yet been signed but that she was expecting that to happen later in the week.

"We're almost there," she said. The business model will be an echo of the current tenant: a bakery and cafe combination, Roberts said.

The Woodside Bakery will be opening a wholesale operation on Constitution Drive in Menlo Park in three to four weeks, Sweyer said. Bianchini's markets in Ladera and San Carlos will be selling the Woodside Bakery's danishes, pies and bread, she said.

The closing of the restaurant means the layoff of 52 of the establishment's 65 employees, Sweyer said, adding that the remaining 13 will be taken on to operate the wholesale bakery.

Asked if she and her brother are going to be reopening the restaurant somewhere nearby, Sweyer replied: "We have no location yet."

Comments

Allen Podell
Community Center
on Mar 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm
Allen Podell, Community Center
on Mar 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm
26 people like this

A real shame to see another great place with character close. We, as customers, can only watch. The Cookbook is another example of a true loss to the community. Is Zot's next?


Watching CLOSELY
Woodside
on Mar 8, 2016 at 9:37 am
Watching CLOSELY, Woodside
on Mar 8, 2016 at 9:37 am
18 people like this

It will be VERY interesting to find out what the new business is and who the business owners are.
If this turns out to be some sort of "family favor" which eliminated one of the best restaurants in the area, expect anger, not customers..


Questions
Palo Verde
on Mar 8, 2016 at 10:29 am
Questions, Palo Verde
on Mar 8, 2016 at 10:29 am
19 people like this

How long have the Sweyers been there?
And this was not a raise-of-rent issue?
They were just terminated and not given an option to remain?
Hmmm...
I'll be interested to see how this develops.


Suspicious
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2016 at 10:38 am
Suspicious, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2016 at 10:38 am
21 people like this

This sounds unfair and suspicious. Why replace a successful bakery/cafe with an unproven bakery/cafe?

Dumb, dumb, dumb--- especially since the Roberts family is already ultra-wealthy!


Marie
Charleston Meadows
on Mar 8, 2016 at 10:51 am
Marie, Charleston Meadows
on Mar 8, 2016 at 10:51 am
2 people like this

You can call them whatever you want, until you find out that the business moving in is Mayfield Bakery which is by every measure a superior business to this one.

It's sad that all things must come to an end, but I commend the owners for looking out for the best interest of Woodside in choosing a better quality business to succeed them.


Ralph
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:22 am
Ralph, Old Palo Alto
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:22 am
4 people like this

I heard that it was a Starbucks going in...has anyone else heard this?


Fact checker
Crescent Park
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:23 am
Fact checker, Crescent Park
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:23 am
1 person likes this

There are two Roberts families. This is not the super wealthy one.


Aileeny
Evergreen Park
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:35 am
Aileeny, Evergreen Park
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:35 am
9 people like this

Anyone suggest them open a store in California Avenue?


Mayfield???
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:39 am
Mayfield???, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:39 am
7 people like this

Mayfield bakery has nice products, but their service is the pits! If they continue their policy of ignoring seated patrons, they'll never last in Woodside.


Carol Gilbert
University South
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:48 am
Carol Gilbert, University South
on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:48 am
7 people like this

Sorry to see them go. Enjoyed that place whenever I was in Woodside.Hope it's not a greed replacement.


Lori H.
Menlo Park
on Mar 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm
Lori H., Menlo Park
on Mar 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm
5 people like this

Good luck, Woodside Bakery. I always loved those danishes.


longterm resident
Charleston Meadows
on Mar 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm
longterm resident, Charleston Meadows
on Mar 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm
9 people like this

Another special store is about to disappear from our community. Sadly it happens all too frequently these days. I am disappointed the ROBERTS' gave such a short and abrupt notice, so anxious were they to make the change to something new . Soon all the unique charm of our community will have disappeared, what a shame for all of us!


Sally-Ann Rudd
Downtown North
on Mar 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm
Sally-Ann Rudd, Downtown North
on Mar 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm
6 people like this

Its a real shame, this is not a failing business, the landlord just wants another business in there, and since he owns the property he can do that. The owner said they were looking for a Redwood City location.


Alex
Portola Valley
on Mar 9, 2016 at 6:50 am
Alex, Portola Valley
on Mar 9, 2016 at 6:50 am
2 people like this

I find it hard to believe that this Roberts family is not "the wealthy one" of the two, considering they own the two Roberts grocery stores AND the whole plaza on the corner of Cañada Rd. and Woodside Rd. Unfortunately, while there will be an uproar at first, people will eventually give in and dine at the new establishment. It's too bad, but that's Woodside.


Jim
Woodside
on Mar 9, 2016 at 8:02 am
Jim, Woodside
on Mar 9, 2016 at 8:02 am
1 person likes this

I've lived here a long time and I still lament the moving-on of the previous operators of the Woodside Bakery. They did a much more lovely job - the place was more "comfortable" then. The current operators kept doing crazy things on that back patio thing. It's always been a mess. From what I've heard, they've been really difficult tenants.


Joanna
Woodside
on Apr 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm
Joanna, Woodside
on Apr 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm
2 people like this

In response to Marie's comment re Mayfield Bakery, it is in no way superior to the Woodside Bakery & Cafe, a very popular Woodside institution for decades that will be sorely missed. While Mayfield's bakery has a few nice items, though a very limited selection in comparison to the Woodside Bakery, the restaurant has so-so food, bad service and is overpriced. Sure there was room for some improvement at the Woodside Bakery & Cafe (such as making some changes to the regular long-time menu), but it was much more of a fit for this community and its visitors. This action by the Roberts family was a real slap in the face to the residents of Woodside and many other long-term patrons and I hope that those unhappy with it will see fit to eat and shop elsewhere!


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