Alpine Inn

From Jasper Ridge Farm: Farm Academy is a new program we created for children in order to bring the barn to them. Our goal is to provide fun and interactive sessions for kids to learn about farm animals and virtually interact with our support animals. These 20-30 minute sessions are on a variety of topics and will always include our animals to help us demonstrate and support what we’re discussing. You can also support the Farm by donating to its COVID-19 emergency fund.

From Kepler’s Books: Starting the week of May 25, we are resuming fulfilling orders from our store inventory. We maintain over 30,000 books in stock at the bookstore and our buyers go to great lengths to ensure we have the books you are likely to be looking for. Order online select the “Plaza Pickup” option.

From MidPeninsula Regional Open Space: Before the pandemic, we were making great progress constructing a small-but-mighty new segment (pictured top) of the San Francisco Bay Trail in our Ravenswood Open Space Preserve near East Palo Alto. The 0.6-mile trail will close a critical gap connecting 80 continuous miles of the Bay Trail and will provide the surrounding community with a bridge to nature. While construction was temporarily slowed by the recent shelter-in-place orders, the new trail segment should open later this summer. Rules for visiting preserves during COVID-19 are available online.

From Flea Street Cafe: This is week 10 of Meals of Gratitude. While we loosen up, feel a bit more freedom, relax, we cannot forget there are still those on the front line taking care of the most vulnerable. This week’s Meal of Food Hug (right) went to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital workers. And we’re working on a plan for outdoor dining – more details to follow. Note: Flea Street’s take out received accolades from San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyn Jung.

From Cafe Borrone: Now offering walk up takeaway 7:00 am to 2:00 pm in addition to our online ordering at 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Tuesday thru Saturday. [Note: the Go Fund Me Campaign to save the Cafe has raised over $148,000 towards its goal of $300,000.]

From Alpine Inn aka Zott’s: Thank you for your support over the past two months as we reinvented ourselves as a take-out restaurant. While we have done our best to serve this amazing community during shelter-in-place, we now feel the need to shift our focus. In anticipation of the new guidelines for outdoor restaurants in San Mateo County, Rossotti’s Alpine Inn will be closed for the next few weeks in order to prepare our beer garden, menu, and operations to respond accordingly.We so appreciate all your support and look forward to serving you again soon!

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Menlo Park Historical Association is co-sponsor of talk about Alpine Inn on March 8

Update March 6: This talk has been cancelled. “In accord with the County of Santa Clara’s recent Public Health Department update, the Palo Alto Historical Association Board of Directors has decided to postpone the meeting planned for this Sunday, March 8. The latest recommendation from the County applies to large gatherings of seniors; thus, we […]

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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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Single buyer emerges victorious in Alpine Inn bidding war

Lucy Neely sent this email today with latest new of the who appears to be winning entry in efforts to buy the Alpine Inn aka Zott’s: “It is with both a light heart and great joy that I share good news: a single buyer has emerged victorious in the poker game, and Portola Valley Community […]

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Update on community effort to buy Alpine Beer Garden

Lucy Neely sent out this email about the community effort to buy Rossotti’s: “Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC offers our gratitude for your support the last couple of weeks, and our apologies for not being able to respond to all inquiries! We will write back soon. “The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent to […]

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Momentum builds in effort to buy Alpine Inn (aka Rossotti’s) with a initial deadline of May 31

After three community meetings led by Lucy Neely under the auspices of the Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC, the opportunity for locals to buy the historical Alpine Inn Beer Garden — aka Rossotti’s — is moving forward quickly. At last week’s meetings, Lucy talked about the “emotional and historical importance” Zott’s has to the community and […]

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