—JOS. A. BANK LEAVES MIDPENINSULA ... Menswear retailer Jos. A. Bank has left the Midpeninsula. Parent company Tailored Brands, which has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, plans reduce its workforce by 20% and close up to 500 stores nationwide as part of a series of organizational changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on the company's brands, which include Men's Warehouse, Moores Clothing for Men and K&G in addition to Jos. A Bank, the company stated in a July 21 announcement. Reportedly, the company's Palo Alto Jos. A. Bank location at 270 University Ave. and its San Mateo store at 208 E. Third Ave. are among the first 100 of its sites that Tailored Brands planned to permanently shutter. According to the Jos. A. Bank company website, both stores have closed. The company would not provide further comment. Since 1905, Jos. A. Bank has specialized in men's suits, dress shirts, sportcoats, tuxedo rentals and "big and tall" collections.
—MACARTHUR PARK CLOSED UNTIL 2021 ... This Saturday, Aug. 8, will be MacArthur Park's last day of service until 2021. The owners of MacArthur Park, which has occupied a historic, 11,000-square-foot building on the edge of downtown Palo Alto for nearly 40 years, have decided to close the restaurant temporarily. "The safety of our staff and patrons has always been an utmost concern. Combined with the challenging economics, we decided it best to pause our operations til next year," spokesperson Michael Davis wrote in an email. MacArthur Park opened in 1981 at 27 University Ave., next to the Palo Alto Caltrain station. The building was designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan in 1918 and originally served as a recreation facility for troops training at Camp Fremont in Menlo Park during World War I, according to the restaurant's website. After offering takeout and delivery for several months, the restaurant reopened for outdoor dining in July. But without MacArthur Park's large indoor dining room and mezzanine as a draw, coupled with the loss of special events, the economics proved difficult, Davis said. "It felt as though it was an uphill battle," he said.