Archive of Holly Newman

Holly has written 3 article(s) for InMenlo.


The gathering of Off the Grid food trucks on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 9:00 pm (8:00 pm in winter) near the Menlo Park train station has become a popular destination for families, friends, and dates. The food trucks offer a casual setting for live music and community.

Brian Malmstrom (pictured top) has worked with Off the Grid for two years and describes his job as a way to “follow [his] passion, to travel, and to create connections to different communities.”

He says Menlo Park is one of the most family-friendly locations he has worked at with children free to “run around and spill things” without giving their parents cause to worry.

Off the Grid food truck

Jennifer, a longtime employee of Capelo’s Barbecue food truck, cited the significance of regular customers as one of the reasons she loves her job at Off the Grid.

This rose-colored view of the food trucks and their place in Menlo Park’s community contrasts the opinions of some downtown business owners who made their disapproval known to the Menlo Park Planning Commission before Off the Grid was given a permit in 2014.

Whether the food itself, while reviewed positively on Yelp and enjoyed by crowds of people every week, is on par with the standards of restaurants is also up for debate.

Boon or bane, in December, 2014, Menlo Park’s Planning Commission voted  unanimously to let Off the Grid continue for five more years in Menlo Park.

Photos by Holly Newman

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Cafe Zoë hosts National Night Out event to support both community and law enforcement

Cafe Zoë, on the corner of Menalto and Gilbert, has long been a cherished Menlo Park hangout. Indeed, the cafe’s motto is “a place for peace, hope, and community.” For the past four years, along with neighboring businesses, Cafe Zoë has participated in an event known as National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of […]

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Exploring artistic microclimates around the Bay Area

Editor’s note: Menlo-Atherton High School junior Holly Newman recently participated in Newsroom by the Bay, which originally published this article. Holly will be a staff writer for M-A Chronicle in the coming school year. Art is often a mysterious thing to those viewing it. How can an artist start with a blank canvas and produce a masterpiece? […]

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