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Eating Out - July 8, 2011

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MOROCCO'S IN MOUNTAIN VIEW ... Brothers Jay and Sham Essadki are busily sharing their native Moroccan culture with Castro Street these days. On July 1, they opened their second Morocco's Restaurant in downtown Mountain View, expanding from their first San Jose location. Their fare reflects the "international influence in Morocco's traditional dishes": Berber, Moorish, Turkish, European and Arab, they said in a press release. The restaurant is located at 873 Castro St., at the address that previously housed the Vietnamese restaurant Savory. Morocco's periodically features live music and belly dancing, including Moroccan music, flamenco guitar, jazz and blues. Menus are at

— Rebecca Wallace

MORE PIZZA FOR PALO ALTO ... Pizza delivery and take-out chain Papa John's is opening a location at 3898 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, in the vicinity of Stanford Driving School and Happy Donuts. The space, once filled by a rug store, is part of a low-key yellow building that also houses a laundromat, a kung fu studio, a dry cleaner and a Hawaiian barbecue restaurant. Final touches on the store appear to be underway and pizza should be forthcoming by around mid-July, saving any Papa John's fans in Palo Alto a trip to the Mountain View branch, previously the closest.

— Leslie Shen

TOY TRANSITION ... PlanToys, an international toymaking company that sells wooden toys billed as "eco-friendly," recently opened its flagshop store at 508 University Ave. in downtown Palo Alto. Before, the site was home to The Playstore, which sold some PlanToys products. PlanToys was established in 1981 and for many years has sold its items online and at various retailers, including Palo Alto Sport Shop & Toy World. Puzzles, dollhouses, stacking rings, matching games and other toys are made from reclaimed wood from rubber trees in Thailand. In a press release, PlanToys USA president Kosin Virapornsawan called the company "carbon neutral" and said that it distributes its products in about 59 countries.

— Rebecca Wallace

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