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We’re sure we aren’t the only ones in Menlo Park who feel so lucky to have two great Menlo Park “institutions” side by side — Kepler’s and Cafe Borrone The latter is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“We originated in Redwood City in 1979,” emails Marina Borrone, “and opened in December of ‘89 in Menlo Park. We have guests from 40 years ago who still have their favorites!

“I was 18 when we opened in Menlo Park and was always involved but took over at 23 when I graduated  from college. So it’s been under my leadership, vision etc. for 25 years.

“The photo shows (from left to right) Jake Ratto, me, Felipe Colina and general manager Kayla Larios.

“It doesn’t include some of our main people. It was a snap shot we took the day I returned from a trip to Italy. I missed our food!”

We recall the same sentiment about “missing the food” after our recent international travel!

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Visit with artist Inez Storer at Cafe Zoë on Jan. 11

Mixed media and collage artist Inez Storer, who is currently Cafe Zoë’s featured artist, will be at the cafe this Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2:00 pm to explore “how coffee houses can inspire us to keep the dialogue going and staying engaged as we enter a year of political importance.” The cafe is located at 1929 […]

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Spotted: A winterized Zott’s

The party continues at the Alpine Inn aka Zott’s even as temperatures dip and rain falls from the sky. A good portion of the outside beer garden is now under a large transparent tent. An elevated flooring allows heat  to be pumped in. The holiday spirit is fostered by pomegranate and evergreen garlands that hang […]

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Cafe Zoë’s 4th annual Gingerbread House decorating competition set for Dec. 14

Cafe Zoë’s 4th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition is back this Saturday, December 14. Here are the rules: – You must sign-up to arrive for one of two time slots: 2:00 pm or 3:45 pm – Sign-up via email [email protected] – Sign-ups end Friday, Dec 13th at 10:00 pm -$17 Entry fee (teams can be […]

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Spotted: Peet’s reopens on Santa Cruz Avenue

The Peet’s on the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue has reopened after renovating its interior. This is a historical Peet’s as it was the second one to open in the Bay Area in 1971, following the first Peet’s in Berkeley. The Peet’s located near Safeway on Middle Avenue will close as of […]

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6th grade band, Struck by Lightning, plays at Cafe Zoë on Nov. 2

Struck by Lightning, a group of 6th graders who love to make music together, will be at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. They play a variety of songs ranging from traditional rock like Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall to classic and contemporary pop songs like Gloria Gaynor’s […]

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Hallie Mrizek from Peet’s Menlo Park wins the 2019 Barista Competition

Telling a beautiful coffee love story featuring Single Origin Costa Rica as the main character, Hallie Mrizek from Peet’s Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Avenue won the 2019 Barista Competition. Her presentation was a combination of calm coolness and meticulous technical skills. She impressed the crowd by serving a chilled espresso beverage with honey lavender, […]

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Menlo’s favorite “dad band” plays Freewheel Brewing Co. on Sept. 20

Emails Allen Weinger: “Hi, friends. Well, the kids are back in school, football’s on TV, and there’s a slight chill in the evening air. “Come celebrate the change of the seasons at the Members’ homecoming/almost-solstice show this Friday evening, September 20, at our favorite local brew pub, the Freewheel Brewing Co. at 3736 Florence Street […]

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Big day for historic Menlo Park businesses – Beltramo’s and the Oasis

Rubble is what’s left of Beltramo’s, a much revered Menlo Park wine and liquor store, following the demolition of the landmark building. In 2016, the Beltramo family announced it was closing the store, which had been operated by the family since 1882, and selling the property. It most recently temporarily housed a store selling fitness […]

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Rossotti’s Alpine Inn begins another chapter – with new offerings of food, drink and games

Rossotti’s Alpine Inn, aka Zott’s, made a triumphant return when it re-opened for business last Friday afternoon at 5:00 pm. There’s much to like! It now looks more like a proper beer garden that its roadhouse roots. The outside picnic tables with adjacent heaters and overhead lights seem to extend for miles. And they were […]

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Enjoying National Night Out festivities in Menlo Park

There were a number of National Night Out events in Menlo Park and Atherton last night. We stopped by the location on Menalto Avenue in front of Dancer Dejour and Cafe Zoë where the Bell Brothers were performing. Both officers from the Menlo Park Police Department and fire fighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District […]

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