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Eating Out - May 17, 2013

Shop Talk

FLEMING'S ON THE MOVE ... Big plans are on the horizon for Fleming's Steakhouse at Stanford Shopping Center. Construction recently began for the steakhouse's new stand-alone building. "The shopping center is expanding and asked us to relocate, because Bloomingdale's will be building a new location in front of our restaurant," Fleming's owner-operator Wayne Hanseth said. Neither Stanford nor Bloomingdale's execs were available to comment on the upscale store's plans. Meanwhile, Stanford has chosen the mall's parking lot, near the El Camino Real entrance to the shopping center, for the new location of Fleming's. When construction is completed, the restaurant will measure 7,000 square feet, about 1,800 square feet larger than the current one. "We'll be adding another dining room, so we'll have a total of three private dining rooms and also three patios," Hanseth said, adding that the restaurant's bar will also expand to double its current size to create more of a "lounge atmosphere." Other changes for Fleming's include a new style for the interior of the restaurant and a plan to begin Sunday brunches in September. Hanseth estimates the new restaurant will begin doing business on Aug. 9. The current Fleming's will remain open throughout the construction of the new facility.

Other changes in the Stanford Shopping Center include a new dog boutique. Offering gourmet food, toys, clothing and accessories for dogs, Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique and Bakery has taken over the former site of Haagen-Dazs, which moved out of the mall in November 2012. And American Girl is coming to Stanford. The store will occupy a large space on the Sand Hill Road side, next to Pottery Barn and wrapping around to the former Talbots location, sources familiar with the development said. Scaffolding is already in place to transform the corner into a two-story American Girl store, which offers dolls, accessories and books. The price tag for an American Girl doll, which stands 18 inches tall, starts at about $100.

RAMONA'S PIZZA GONE ... The small, casual Ramona's Pizza at 2313 Birch St. in Palo Alto, popular for its variety of lunchtime slices, is gone. It surprised would-be diners on May 1, when the restaurant closed and brown paper went up on the windows.

COFFEE WITH TEE TIMES ... Another Coupa Cafe has opened, this one on the Stanford Golf Course. This marks the fifth location for Coupa at Stanford, in addition to its original Palo Alto location on Ramona Street. Coupa's latest coffee shop opened at 198 Junipero Serra Blvd. on May 1 and offers a breakfast and lunch menu. It replaces the Stanford Grill, which closed after a 12-year run.

NEW MARKET TO OPEN IN JUNE ... Palo Alto's newest grocer, The Fresh Market, has announced a June 5 opening in Edgewood Plaza. The nearly 21,000-square-foot store comes on the heels of another grocer, Miki's Market, which closed after only six months in Alma Village. The Fresh Market has big plans, including offering more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, and a bakery that produces 30 freshly baked breads and 14 pie varieties daily, according to the company's president and CEO, Craig Carlock.

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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Just wondering if these new developments, Bloomingdales and Flemings, are going to be more big buildings right up to the street.

El Camino is a wide street, but I think that we should still be able to see the parking lot as we drive past Stanford Shopping Center. We have a feeling of open space which makes Stanford an attractive shopping center, unlike the feel of the new Antonio center in Mountain View which appears prison like with all the high walls and hidden stores.

Please keep the feel of open space where we still have it. No more prison walls alongside our streets.

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on May 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

The new San Antonio development is wonderful. A real pleasure. Can't wait for all the stores to open. People n palo alto are so against modernization and change.
BTW, Thursday's tan ford paper stated that the hospital project may be finished ahead of time. Meanwhile, the Mitchell park library......

Posted by Arête, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

Steakhouses are so passé..

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