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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Spotted: Pretty apple and cranberry chopped salad at Oak + Violet

Not being a big cranberry fan myself, the Apple & Cranberry Chopped Salad on the menu at Oak + Violet restaurant in Menlo Park would not have been my first choice. Thank goodness my companion insisted! Made up of broccoli, chickpeas, carrots, smoked provolone, cucumber, along with its namesakes, and topped with a light yoghurt […]

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Five military veterans devotion to Spam leads to initiative to establish “honor tables” in restaurants

It all started with the following email: “To: Media Inbox, Hormel Corporation “Dear Sir or Madam, “The attached photo [shown above] is of five men, each of whom served in a different branch of the U.S. Military. Left to right are members of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Navy. “Serendipity brought the […]

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The saga of Alpine Inn aka Zott’s over the years

Editor’s note: Our hunch that the re-opening of the Alpine Inn was the biggest attention grabber of 2019 bore out in the in the number of readers’ views on InMenlo and on Facebook. Its saga is featured in our end-of-year coverage for today. Tomorrow we’ll offer a roundup of other people and places that got […]

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Whoops! Those are stars overhead at Zott’s – not a tent

On Sunday, Dec. 15, we walked from the Ladera Shopping Center to the Alpine Inn for lunch. When we got there, we were delighted to find that the outdoor beer garden had been tented. What a great way to winterize that big outdoor eating area, we wrote on InMenlo. That got the attention of one […]

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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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Round Table’s 60th anniversary is celebrated with a proclamation

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller stopped by the Round Table restaurant on El Camino in Menlo Park yesterday to current franchise operator Bob Larson a proclamation extolling the pizza parlor’s longevity on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. The first Round Table was opened by Bob’s father, Bill Larson, in 1959, using his life savings […]

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Hey Menlo Park: Time to celebrate Round Table Pizza’s 60th anniversary

While Round Table Pizza® has more than 440 restaurants across the United States, the only one that really matters to Menlo Park is the location at 1225 El Camino Real. The very first Round Table was opened by Bill Larson on Dec. 21, 1959, at 1235, now the restaurant’s parking lot, with the simple mission […]

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Camper in Menlo Park hosts cookbook author Erin Gleeson for a “forest feast”

That a restaurant named Camper is offering a cocktail hour and three-course “forest feast” shouldn’t be surprising. That will happen this Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 6:00 pm and feature cookbook author Erin Gleeson, whose latest book is The Forest Feast Mediterranean. Attendees will receive a copy of the book. Cost is $100. You can reserve […]

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Lesson about persimmons thanks to Logan at Camper

Persimmons seem to be every where at the moment — on trees as we walk the streets of Menlo Park and at the grocery store. Until last night, we thought they were something to be avoided at all costs. Yucky and mushy come to mind as descriptions. Given that, we’re not sure why we ordered […]

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Spotted: Tasty new pancakes on the menu at LuLu’s on the Alameda

As reported earlier, LuLu’s on the Alameda is offering new, healthy breakfast items. We stopped by this morning to try them out. Our companion pronounced the pancakes “tasty and good.” Ditto on the avocado toast we enjoyed.

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