Beltramo’s will close doors, property to be sold

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 9, 2016

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As reported by Barbara Woods on Almanac Online today, Beltramo’s, one of the few remaining Menlo Park landmark businesses, will be closing its doors and selling the property, which commenters suggest is worth more than the business itself. The owners are retiring.

According to the book about Menlo Park, Beyond the Gatethe first Beltramo’s opened in 1890 on Ringwood Avenue between Middlefield and Bay, moving to Glenwood in 1904.

As most baby boomers who grew up in Menlo Park and Atherton in the 50s, 60s and 70s know, the present Beltramo’s is located almost exactly 1 and 1/2 miles from Stanford, necessary as it was illegal to sell alcohol any closer to the university, a restriction that was lifted in 1979.

We’ve enjoyed stopping in at the store over the years and getting wine seller extraordinaire Gary Mulleneaux’s picks for various holiday: Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, to cite a couple. We plan to get some final picks from him before the store closes.

 

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Craig K May 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Along with Fosters Freeze, Beltramo’s is iconic and has many memories attached. Although usually pricey inventory, they always had a great selection. Even during the Liquor Barn era, they survived because the Athertonians were willing to pay their over priced items because of the location convenience.

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Jeannie M May 10, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Feels like my childhood is sliding right out from under me. First, two of the houses I lived in were razed and now this. Makes me sad.

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Jeannie M May 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm

I see my childhood slipping out from under me. 🙁
Two of the houses where I resided in Menlo Park have been taken down and replaced. And, now, this. Makes me sad.

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