MENDOCINO FARMS NOW OPEN ... Southern California-based sandwich chain Mendocino Farms opened its 26th location at 167 Hamilton Ave. in downtown Palo Alto on Thursday, May 2. Mendocino Farms' bread and butter is sandwiches, from the best-selling "Not So Fried" Mary's chicken sandwich — roasted, not fried chicken breast with "krispies," herb aioli, mustard pickle slaw, tomatoes and pickled red onions on ciabatta — to a meatless Impossible Burger on a plant-based brioche bun. There are staple sandwiches that never leave the menu as well as seasonal specials. Almost all of the sandwiches can be requested to be served gluten free. There's also a full salad menu, vegan and vegetarian options and sides. Husband and wife Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen opened the first Mendocino Farms in Los Angeles in 2005 with a "vision of an elevated dining experience offering much more than just good food," the company website states. The restaurants use locally sourced ingredients and fresh bread from two southern California bakeries and Petits Pains in Burlingame. The Palo Alto location will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It joins other Bay Area Mendocino Farms in San Mateo, San Jose, San Francisco, Campbell and Sacramento. — E.K.
FLEXA OPENS FIRST U.S. STORE ... Scandanavian children's furniture maker FLEXA is opening its first U.S. store at Stanford Shopping Center this June. The Denmark-based company, known for its contemporary designs and eco-friendly materials, has been making children's furniture since 1972. According to the company's website, its designers work with child specialists to create beds, desks, bean-bag chairs and an assortment of other child-friendly furniture to encourage children to play and be creative. Although the company has an online prescence and 140 stores worldwide, this is the first brick-and-mortar shop to open in the U.S. — L.T.
Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Kate Bradshaw, 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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