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Mike's Cafe, Midtown

Original post made by Midtown, Midtown, on Jun 30, 2018

They have been closed for remodel for quite a while and I haven't seen any signs of work progressing. Does anyone know? Perhaps a reporter can report. Thanks.

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Posted by Midtown
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2018 at 7:26 am

Word is that permits have been the reason for delay, but the expected opening is now September.

I think many people are looking forward to it being available again.

Posted by Foodie
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2018 at 8:48 am

Glad to hear that Mike's hasn't gone under, which is what I assumed. I couldn't believe that Mike's was intimidated by Bill's down the street on Middlefield. Mike's food is good standard menu, about as good as you get in Palo Alto. "Standard" is hard to get in Palo Alto. If, as the above commentor says that city permits may be the delay, then somebody get busy and sign off. Remember, we're waiting to dine. And, a hungry crowd in Palo Alto is a vocal crowd. The other local favorite eating spot (as defined by the people waiting to get a table), is the Peninsula Creamery on Hamilton. They also operate the original coffee shop on Channing. However, my experience there is that their greasy cheese sandwich will scare all the cardiologists at PAMF. Finally, Max's Opera Cafe in the Stanford Shopping Center has just closed, so another one bites the dust. Now, we need a replacement who can duplicate their mile-high, gooey desserts.

Posted by Foodie
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2018 at 8:52 am

Oops, that's commentator, not commentor. Should have used spell check.

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm

@Foodie, I believe it's _Palo Alto_ Creamery on Hamilton, although their sign says Peninsula Fountain & Grill. Always confusing but yes, a favorite of mine. Looking forward to trying Mike's again when they reopen.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 1, 2018 at 11:27 pm

I thought Bills was great when it opened up, but now the food for me is too rich. Mikes is back to being my favorite for lunch or breakfast now that Palo Alto Breakfast House is gone too. These high rents make restaurants way to challenging to run and not profitable enough, and the staff often are getting ripped off like Ruby's.

Palo Alto Breakfast House started to go downhill the minute they let their most conscientious and hard working staff go replacing them with incompetents.

It Palo Alto is going to help teachers with housing the city ought to take over a certain portion of land in shopping center areas and provide leases for basic restaurants to all them to provide the best quality food with a staff that is paid a living wage. We are desperately in need of restaurants that are reasonable priced and not fast/junk food oriented for working people. Even if you pay top dollar in a lot of Palo Alto's dining establishments the quality of the food is mediocre, and the prices are sky high.

Or create a City owned alternative center to allow people to earn their business experience, maybe mentored by retired business people for a certain amount of time and then go out on their own. Something is needed to break the cycle of elitism.

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