Local Menlo Park eateries receive grants to support outdoor dining

by Contributed Content on June 29, 2022

The City of Menlo Park has provided approximately $72,000 in reimbursements to local eateries for the Temporary Outdoor Dining Grant Program.

In response to initial health orders prohibiting indoor dining in 2020 and 2021, the City Council approved an outdoor dining grant program to provide financial assistance to local eateries to enhance outdoor dining options. The grant program recognized that outdoor dining has become essential to continue operations and safely serve customers.

The $100,000 program budget provided for up to $5,000 for each eligible local eatery to apply for cost reimbursement for items such as chairs, tables, umbrellas, outdoor heat lamps, temporary platforms and ramps.

As of June 2022, 21 local eateries received grant awards to reimburse their costs to improve or provide an outdoor seating area at their business. The businesses who participated and added outdoor dining or made additions to existing outdoor dining include:

  • Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria
  • Cafe Zoë
  • Camper
  • Celia’s Mexican Restaurant
  • CoffeeBar Menlo Park
  • Dosa Point
  • Galata Bistro Mediterranean Grill
  • Left Bank Menlo Park
  • Ristorante Carpaccio
  • Roma
  • Saint Frank Coffee
  • Stacks Menlo Park
  • Sultana Mediterranean
  • Taqueria Guadalajara
  • The Refuge
  • Trellis Restaurant

InMenlo file photo (c) 2018


Thomas Welborn June 29, 2022 at 4:39 pm

It looks like there are some great restaurants downtown and it’s nice to see small businesses be successful, but the outdoor dining spaces have lead to over 30 different circumstances where restaurant goers and occasionally staff overtly harass people who have appearance of living in poverty, primarily myself. I cannot pass through the sidewalks at Camper, Amici’s, Gelato Bistro, Roma, or Mademoiselle Collette during business hours without at least one restaurant goers or staff make crude comments, take photos, or issue vague threats. I used to combat the hate by verbally commanding people to stop, then resorted to issuing equally crude statements, and finally avoiding the sidewalk altogether in front of these businesses when possible.

Josie+Kamin June 30, 2022 at 9:53 am

What about Bistro Vida ?

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