Restaurants

Jesse Cool brings in a new partner with a familiar face at Flea Street Cafe

Jesse Cool has a new partner at Flea Street Cafe — and the face is very familiar. Michael Biesemeyer worked for long periods of time over the past decade at the Menlo Park restaurant. “I’ve been hoping to find a partner for a few years,” explained Jesse. “I made a few attempts with chefs, but that […]

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Menlo Park resident Kyle Vogel takes over at the Woodside Deli

New Woodside Deli owner Kyle Vogel has a good problem: There’s a lot of pent up demand for sandwiches and other offerings after a nine month closure. That means the lunch rush is extending all the way to 3:00 pm. “It’s a bit like a tidal wave breaking,” he said with a smile. Kyle, a […]

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Park James Hotel hosts grand opening party

The scene was electric in more ways than one at the Park James Hotel in Menlo Park last Thursday night (Nov. 1) where 500 invited guests had gathered to sip, nibble and listen to the sounds of The English Beat (yes, that ’80s band). While managed by broughtonHOTELS, the father/son duo who developed the hotel, Jim […]

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Greg Alden brings a second generation perspective to the Woodside Hotel Group

Many residents are undoubtedly familiar with  the Stanford Park Hotel. What may surprise them is that the hotel is one of 10  independent luxury hotels owned and/or managed by the Woodside Hotel Group, which was founded locally 46 years ago. Today, the Menlo Park-based company is run by Greg Alden, whose parents first got into […]

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Getting a first look at Park James Hotel O+V’s patio courtyard – and taste testing its food and drink options

The Park James Hotel in Menlo Park is now open as is the lovely patio bar, O+V Courtyard, from 5:00 to 11:00 pm daily. Oak + Violet restaurant, featuring California farm-to-fork cuisine, will be open for dinner starting Monday, October 8. Breakfast, lunch, and brunch to follow in the weeks ahead. There is free valet parking […]

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Madera wins Wine Spectator Award under the stewardship of Paul Mekis

“The cellar has grown a bit,” Madera restaurant director of wine Paul Mekis told us when we caught up with him recently after first profiling him in 2014. The reason for our return visit: Madera, located in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator this year, one […]

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Events Manager Tiana Wong is operator of Cafe Wisteria at the Allied Arts Guild

In the decade that Tiana Wong has been Events Manager at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, she’s seen half a dozen cafes come and go on the property. “I observed what worked and what didn’t,” she said matter of factly. So when the space became available again at the beginning of the year, […]

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Much anticipated Camper opens in Menlo Park

Chef-Partner Greg Kuzia-Carmel had just returned from the Palo Alto farmers market when we encountered him last Saturday at his new restaurant, Camper, which officially opens Labor Day weekend in Menlo Park. But if you go to OpenTable you’ll discover a few reservations available starting today and over the next few days (at least as […]

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New chef comes to Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park

Nicolas Agraz is the new Executive Chef at Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park, bringing many years of experience with the renowned top chefs in Paris, namely Pierre Hermé, Christophe Michalak as well as Christophe Vasseur (chef at the bakery “Du Pain et Des Idées” that serves the restaurant Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée). Leveraging his passion for amazing pastries and fine Parisian gastronomy, […]

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Revisiting Round Table Pizza just shy of its 60th anniversary

Two national businesses that our town of Menlo Park spawned are still alive and well. One was incorporated in 1998 and first set-up in a garage of a newly-purchased home at 232 Santa Margarita. Now headquartered in Mountain View, Google is part of everyday life. The other began in a California Water Service building on […]

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Spotted: LB Steak sign coming down

We were in downtown Menlo Park early today and came upon a worker taking down the LB Steak sign. We asked, “When is the new sign going up?” as this is the site for the much anticipated Camper featuring  chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel. He answered, “Mid-August.” Footnote: we got the “L”.

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