BARCELONA TAPAS COMING... The owners of Telefèric Barcelona, who run three well-known restaurants in Barcelona, Spain and a fourth in Walnut Creek, are opening a new location in Palo Alto.Telefèric Barcelona has taken over the former Calafia Cafe space at Town & Country Village. Calafia closed in August after nine years of business at the El Camino Real shopping center. Xavi Padrosa, who runs the restaurants with his sister, said Palo Alto left an impression on him as an international, food-loving city ever since he lived there while attending Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and then Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Padrosa lived in Palo Alto from 2005 to 2012. The family decided to expand internationally after Brian Hirahara, the developer of a new three-story building in downtown Walnut Creek, dined at one of the family's Barcelona restaurants and encouraged them to come to the United States, Padrosa said. Telefèric Barcelona opened in Walnut Creek in 2016. No two Telefèric locations are exactly the same and things are still in the works for Palo Alto, Padrosa said, but in general, Telefèric serves authentic Spanish tapas, pintxos and paella. The newest Telefèric also will have a next-door market, as Calafia Cafe did, with Spanish wines, cheese, cured meats and other imported products for sale. They're also working on a to-go concept for that side of the space, Padrosa said. Padrosa hopes to be open in May or June, after which they plan to look to expand further in California. -- E.K.
NIKE LEAVES STANFORD... Nike Running at Stanford Shopping Center closed its storefront on Jan. 18, according to a sign posted out front redirecting customers to other stores in Milpitas, San Jose and San Francisco. The closure comes less than five years after Nike re-branded its Stanford location and transformed the site into Nike Running Stanford. When the updated store re-opened its doors in 2014, it boasted services for runners, digital experiences and interactive technology related to running. Stanford graduate Phil Knight co-founded the Oregon-based, multi-billion-dollar company in 1964, just two years after earning his MBA. -- L.T.
Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elena Kadvany and Linda Taaffe. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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