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After six decades, Palo Alto sandwich standby Village Cheese House closes

Original post made on Dec 31, 2019

Village Cheese House, which has been serving deli sandwiches at Town & Country Village since 1959, suddenly shuttered this week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 9:48 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by mike
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 31, 2019 at 11:02 am

Sad. I new the original owner, a nice man,

Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 31, 2019 at 11:26 am

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

In 1996 when I started Earthwise Productions, Noah Hiken led a band called Hip Hop Hippies while blink 182 was on a record label called Grilled Cheese. We had shows featuring Skankin’ Pickle, and Cake — not together, of course.
Actually, we would feed the bands from a sandwich platter from Fred’s Deli, on El Camino near what is now L&L Hawaiian.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm

When I was going to PALY in the 70's that place was just super-fantastic. Almost every school-day I and a long line of students would buy great sandwiches from this place.

I used to get a roast beef sandwich and a milk on the most amazing Kaiser Rolls that was out of this world ... and for only $2.10. I'd pick a bench and read classic science fiction, or just hang out with friends, before returning to PALY after lunch.

The new store was great, but it wasn't the same after the original owners sold out, but I know lots of people appreciated that it was saved for as long as it was. Thank you.

Like Hobee's in Town and Country, I was hoping these places would just go on forever. I'm very sad to see them go.

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 31, 2019 at 5:33 pm

^ Here on the other side of the tracks I always brought home-made sandwiches with me to high school, and saved my money to pay for college.

Posted by Paly '77
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 31, 2019 at 9:24 pm

Oh, wow. It's been a long time and I live a long ways away. I remember going there at lunch and getting a large slab of lasagna for a couple of bucks. Hopefully management can find a new owner who will still serve Paly kids without charging an arm and a leg.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 31, 2019 at 9:54 pm

In recent years, the Cheese House has been a shadow of its former self. The sandwiches tasted different from when the store was run by the original owners. The new owners changed the bread, the sandwich spread, and quality of the meat for their sandwiches. The original Cheese House sold gourmet candy and candy from around the world, along with other international gourmet food items. It was a mini European market. The cheese selections were sophisticated. The atmosphere was charming. Wicker baskets, dried salami and other interesting items hung from the ceiling. It was a treat to go there. The delicious traditional pastrami sandwiches have been long gone. The US Postal Service even had a mini post office in the corner of the store. It was a Palo Alto favorite.

Posted by Julie Armitano
a resident of University South
on Jan 2, 2020 at 9:58 am

It is really sad .
My family love the deli.
It is a new place.

Posted by J Palmer
a resident of another community
on Jan 5, 2020 at 6:33 am

I used to ride my ten speed from Mountain View to the Village Cheese House just to buy a sandwich. The aroma of the place was straight out of heaven.

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