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."