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Eating Out - February 25, 2011

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage 

MADAME TAM EXPANDS ...  It's only been six months since the tiny Vietnamese restaurant came on the scene, but Madame Tam Bistro at 322 University Ave. in Palo Alto already is making plans to expand. The bistro is taking over its next-door vacancy at 320 University, which was left empty when Satura Cakes abruptly closed in July. "We're excited and anxious at the same time," Ringo Le said. Le, who is the son of Tam Minh Le, owner of the restaurant, said: "We never thought we'd have such an overwhelming response so soon. We have lines out the door on Friday nights." The hope is there will be no more lines when the 1,600-square-foot restaurant is enlarged to about double its current size, ideally by late spring.

THREE NEWCOMERS DESCEND ON STANFORD MALL ... Tory Burch, a sportswear, handbag and shoe boutique known for its graphic prints and bold colors, is scheduled to open soon at the Stanford Shopping Center. Also opening is a sunglass boutique, Solstice, which carries both designer and sports shades. And Jamba Juice will be pouring into the mall. It will be the fourth Jamba Juice location in Palo Alto. The other three? One on the Stanford campus, one in Barron Park and one in Town & Country Village.

ROUND TABLE PIZZA  CLOSES ON CAL AVE ... Despite the recent corporate announcement that Round Table Pizza is restructuring and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, "Round Table remains open for business and fully operational, and we will continue to serve our customers 'The Last Honest Pizza,'" restaurant CEO Rob McCourt said.  McCourt's announcement, however, apparently doesn't include the Round Table Pizza at 405 California Ave., which closed its doors last month. Palo Alto's other two Round Table Pizzas, at 702 Colorado and 263 University Avenues, remain open for business.

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. She can be e-mailed at 


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Posted by vannie
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

What is the exact date of the opening of tory burch at the Stanford mall?

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Posted by Commander McBragg
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Posted by Zohra Ashpari-editorial intern
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on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Hi Vannie,

The mall's regional manager says that the Tory Burch store plans to open on April 1rst, although there is always the possibility of setbacks.

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