Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Tim Stannard sitting at Village Cafe prior to opening

If you assumed the new Bacchus Management Group restaurant in Woodside, the Village Bakery & Cafe, is just a clone of its sister, Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto, one look at the interior dispels that idea. The palette is grays and blacks, making it feel a tad more formal, although clearly much less so than its fine dining sister restaurant, The Village Pub, located just down the road.

“Think of the Village Bakery as a little more European in sensibilities and Mayfield more rustic American. That’s not only due to the design but also an eclectic collection of local art on the wall,” said Tim Stannard, founding partner of Bacchus. “What we are striving for is the same level of execution, professionalism, quality and attention to detail as found at the Village Pub but more casual.”

Tim, who is a Woodside resident, explained that his team spends a lot of time talking and thinking about what the community wants a restaurant to be. “Then when you open the door, the community tells you what you are going to be. It’s our responsibility to keep our ears open and listen carefully. Our job is to meet our customers’ needs.”

While the restaurant business is notorious for failure — about 300% — Bacchus eateries are resoundingly successful, with accolades that include a Michelin star to the Village Pub and Spruce (in San Francisco) and only one restaurant, Cafe des Amis, also in the City, which closed after four years.

“The reality is that a lot of restaurants are opened by people who aren’t professional restauranteurs,” said Tim. “There are tools and techniques to being successful, and it goes beyond just liking to eat.”

That said, each new restaurant brings butterflies. “I have two recurring nightmares,” Tim said. “The first is that we hire, train and polish, and the opening day arrives and nobody comes. The other is that we open and there are lines out the door but I’m the only one inside trying to do it all!”

The Cafe is open for dinner only this week. It will expand its hours to include breakfast and lunch on August 2. For the first four months, chef Mark Sullivan will be in the kitchen. The adjacent Bakery is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Photos by Betsy Sergeant Snow (c) 2017

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Two community volunteers needed for Transportation committee

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The City of Menlo Park is looking for two community volunteers to serve on the Transportation Master Plan Oversight and Outreach Committee. The 11-member, City Council appointed Committee will provide advisory input and recommendations to the project team regarding the outreach process and draft Master Plan materials and submittals . The committee members will also […]

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Facebook launches mobile farmers market in Menlo Park & East Palo Alto

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Facebook, which has hosted farmers markets on its campus, is turning the tables and bringing produce directly to three nearby community sites — Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park and St. Francis of Assisi Church and the East Palo Alto Senior Center, both in East Palo Alto. The new mobile market began today and will run […]

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Spotted: Kyosho Japanese Restaurant where Tokyo Subway used to be

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Kyosho Japanese Restaurant, located at 607 Santa Cruz Avenue, taking over the lease after Tokyo Subway closed in December, is open for business. The owner, Thomas Wu, has operated the food truck, We Sushi, for the last 6 years. Wu told City of Menlo Park blogger Alex Collyer that while he has enjoyed manning the first […]

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Multi-media artist Mel Day previews Wall of Song, her video art installation project

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Most recently, multi-media artist Mel Day‘s work is focused on collective singing and civic engagement. This will be front and center when, together with Michael Namkung, the Wall of Song project, a first-of-its-kind collaborative singing video work, is presented at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on July 25. Central to the project is a mass singing of Leonard […]

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Talking farm management (and sports!) with fourth generation Webb, Atlee Frechette

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We’d driven out to Webb Ranch to talk with Atlee Frechette, a fourth generation Webb who earlier this year got involved in the farming side of the business — there is also a horse side — for the first time. Along the way we talked volleyball and baseball. About the latter, Atlee is indeed named […]

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Spotted: Young dancers showing their stuff when Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World play

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At the beginning of the concert tonight at Fremont Park, Freddy Clark said, “I’m Freddy Clark from Menlo Park.” While we couldn’t confirm that Freddy is indeed a local, we did spot a pair of amazing young dancers at the concert tonight at Fremont Park. We think the pair has had dancing lessons but that […]

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Sneak peek of new Village Bakery & Cafe through a photographer’s eye

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Along with InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow, we were at the soon-to-be-opened Village Bakery & Cafe last week to get a preview of this latest venture from Woodside resident Tim Stannard and his colleagues at Bacchus Management Group. Staff training was going on at both the bakery and cafe along with menu tasting, which, when […]

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Spotted: Trio at LifeMoves benefit raising funds for homeless vets

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Nonprofit homeless agency LifeMoves, which is based in Menlo Park, hosted a fundraiser on July 18 to support its services for military veterans in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Over 20 percent of the adults LifeMoves serves are military veterans. Pictured (left to right) LifeMoves CEO Bruce Ives, Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), and army veteran […]

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A sunflower forest grows in Menlo Park

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There are sunflowers — and then there is the sunflower forest in Art Scott and Cindy Sumida-Scott’s Menlo Park backyard. First came the work of local landscape designer Janet Bell, who redid the yard. At that project’s conclusion, the couple sent cards to the various workers, expressing “this beautiful garden representing the analemma [sun’s path] […]

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Taking in the action at Summerfest in Menlo Park

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most took in the action at Menlo Summerfest on Santa Cruz Avenue today. The resulting photos show how people are beating the heat – or not! We liked, in particular, his focus on expressions on people’s faces. Enjoy! Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017

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