Menlo Mainstays

Post image for Menlo Park beer & burger institution, The Oasis, set to close March 7

The Tougas family, who operate The Oasis, announced via Facebook that the much beloved Menlo Park beer and burger spot will close on March 7. Here is their announcement:

“To all of our loyal customers and to the greater Menlo Park community,

“It is with heavy heart that we announce the closing of our beloved bar and restaurant, The Oasis. After several months of effort, we were unable to negotiate a reasonable lease for our business, nor meet the requested terms of the building’s owner.

“Therefore, we have made the very difficult decision to close our doors, and bid farewell to the endearing community of Menlo Park and Stanford University. Our last day of business will be March 7 — please stop in for a visit and say goodbye!

“Sincerely, The Tougas Family”

We invite InMenlo readers to share their memories! Here’s mine: The Oasis was the first place I had a legal drink in Menlo Park, oh so many, many years ago. My good friend and almost birthday twin, Alice [MacCorkle] Carrott, stopped in over Christmas break during our college years having turned 21 earlier in December. We wouldn’t have chosen any other place!

Second photo by Chris Gulker (c) 2010; photo of Oasis cheeseburger by Linda Hubbard (c) 2012

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Judy Adams’s call to action for Guild Theater preservation

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West Bay Model Railroad open house set for Dec. 2 & 3

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Peninsula Volunteer CEO/Executive Director Peter Olson leads the organization past its 70-year mark

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Seventy years ago, a group of forward-thinking local women started an organization, Peninsula Volunteers, that not only endures but thrives today. “This organization has always been at the forefront of something,” says Peter Olson, CEO/Executive Director for the past year. “Little House, established in 1949, was the first suburban senior center in the United States; […]

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Peninsula Volunteers celebrate 70th anniversary – and it all started with Little House

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In 1947,  a group of forward-thinking women incorporated Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., and with that action started an organization that continues to serve the needs of seniors on the San Francisco Peninsula to this day. To honor this milestone, the organization is taking a look back through the seven decades of its history, and looking forward […]

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Spotted: Garbage truck on fire near Draeger’s market

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Arthur Flegel approaches his 100th birthday

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We had the pleasure of visiting with Arthur Flegel in advance of his 100th birthday, which will be marked with a gathering of some 80 family and friends on August 6. The man who, along with wife Cleora, brought furniture to downtown Menlo Park with the opening of Flegel’s Home Furnishings in 1954, is in somewhat frail […]

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Country Corner’s beloved owner Bob passes away

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More tears along the Alameda de las Pulgas with the news that the beloved owner of Country Corner, Bob Wehab, passed away on Friday. A steady stream of loyal customers have set up make shift memorial in front of the convenience store/deli, revered for its great sandwiches and super friendly service. A notice of visitation […]

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Family-owned Occasions, etc… celebrates 25 years in Menlo Park

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Spotted: Foster’s Freeze in Menlo Park under lock up

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We’ve been saying good bye to Foster’s Freeze in Menlo Park for two years now. The big sign is long gone and the stripped down shell of a building gets more and more forlorn looking. The latest chapter is the installation of construction fence, all to make way for the building’s demolition. As previously reported […]

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The former Roger Reynolds Nursery set to meet the wrecking ball

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Menlo Park Historical Association member Jim Lewis emailed: “The guillotine is falling. It’s the end of the road for the endeared local historical property formerly known as the Roger Reynolds Nursery, along with its iconic Carriage House [shown with adjacent dumpster]. “You may wish to take your own photos, documenting one piece of Menlo Park’s […]

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