Cafe Borrone

How nice to see Mercedes, Juan and staff at Ladera Garden and Gifts this morning and learn that they are now taking email/phone orders. Here’s what you need to know: “Email your order to [email protected] or call 650-854-3850. Our new business hours for curbside pick up and delivery ONLY are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.” We can report that all the plants looks fresh and healthy.

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Staying on the floral theme, Jeff from J Floral Art reports that he and Craig are working to fulfill orders without other staff: “We are taking online orders and doing deliveries with social distancing. No contact with recipients. We leave the flowers outside at door, then call the client to let them know something is waiting for them.

“We still have limited inventory to make arrangements and are asking people to be flexible and choices and preferences as we don’t know day-to-day what we will have. It’s a new big learning curve, but we are making it work!”

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From Marina Borrone: “Announcing our GoFundMe campaign to ‘KEEP CAFÉ BORRONE ALIVE.’ We are all feeling the tremendous impact of COVID-19 and we realize many independents and businesses need help. It took us some time to come to the realization that if we did not ask for help from our community, we may have failed them if we were not able to re-open our doors. We are amid many unknowns and we are barely able to hang on to our beloved café. We are humbled to ask for your help. We are extremely grateful for our loyal customers who have shared their concerned with us during this time. Thank you for your contributions or sharing this message. We appreciate you sharing your experiences and memories. You may visit our website for the GoFundMe link. Thank you!

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San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee joins Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education in announcing the launch of the COVID-19 Education Partnership. The goal of the partnership is to help local school districts address immediate challenges and longer-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation will seed the COVID-19 Education Partnership effort with $1 million. In addition, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has matched the foundation’s commitment with $1 million to support PreK-12 students, teachers, and schools as part of the company’s COVID-19 pandemic response in service of public health and emergency community needs. Donate online.

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Facebook is is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. To be eligible to apply, you must:

-Be a for-profit company
-Have between 2 and 50 employees
-Have been in business for over a year
-Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
-Be in or near a location where Facebook operates

Find out more.

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From Kepler’s Literary Foundation: “REFRESH THE PAGE is our new series of online conversations, classes and seminars. It’s our way of keeping in touch, offering you the fine quality programming we’re so proud to share with our community. We have more programs in the works; keep checking back for new listings!” You can also support the Foundation with a donation.

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From Peter Carpenter, who sent a link to a Medium post – So, You’re Going Outside, along with two these two important paragraphs from the article:

“We can see that, if you’re coughed on by people who aren’t wearing masks, a 4-foot sidewalk is wayyyy riskier than a 6-foot sidewalk! But fortunately, the difference disappears when people put on masks: infection probabilities tank to near-zero.

“If everyone coughs on you while passing you, you have a 19% chance of getting infected after passing 100 people in SF at a 4 foot distance, but only a 0.8% chance at a 6 foot distance. Truly, masks and distancing each make a world of difference. Masks and distancing make a god-like level of difference.”

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Downtown Menlo Park a bit of a ghost town this Sunday morning as coronavirus numbers continue upwards

On Friday, Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park was heralding “Friday vibe, clear blue skies and lots of sun.” Then came the rain — and the announcement that the popular downtown eatery would no longer be open for dinner starting Saturday, March 14. And then that they’d be closing entirely from today through Sunday, April 6, […]

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Global street photographer Lee Hicks is back at Cafe Borrone with a new exhibit

Photographer Lee Hicks is currently exhibiting 40 photographs showing people from around the world experiencing joy, sorrow, laughter and love of family at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. There will be a reception for the photographer on Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. “I love interacting with people,” says Lee. “My work has a […]

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Cafe Borrone celebrates 30 years in Menlo Park

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. […]

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Spotted: Cellist playing at Cafe Borrone and raising money for refugees

Folks who chose to have breakfast at Cafe Borrone this morning were greeted with lovely music provided by a cellist who’d taken up residence outside along the windows. His sign explained his purpose: “I’m Nicholas Loh, a rising high school senior. I’m deeply moved by the humanitarian situation in Syria. I have been in contact […]

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Matt Weil photographs the Bay Bridge from the same vantage point of 85 years ago

It is a homecoming of sorts for civil engineer and serious amateur photographer Matt Weil whose photography show, “The Bay Bridge: An Engineer’s Perspective,” is on display at Cafe Borrone. Matt grew up in Menlo Park and would wander into Cafe Borrone walking home from Menlo-Atherton High School. “I remember seeing the different art on the […]

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Spotted: Clint Baker All Stars at Cafe Borrone

Do Menlo Park residents know that they can hear New Orleans style jazz at Cafe Borrone during the spring and summer months? And that it’s free? We’ve interviewed bandleader Clint Baker who brings his All Stars to the cafe on Friday nights. But we hadn’t stopped in to hear the band recently. Tonight turned out to be a […]

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Sights and sounds on an August Sunday in downtown Menlo Park

Was it our imagination, or did downtown Menlo Park appear to be jumpy more than it was for many a summer month? By mid-morning, the line at always popular Cafe Borrone stretched almost to El Camino — something we don’t see very often. While there we spotted new signage for the British Banker’s Club nextdoor […]

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Photojournalist David Burnett’s exhibit at Cafe Borrone spans four plus decades

Thanks to a local tie, Menlo Park is in for a treat when Cafe Borrone hosts an exhibit of photojournalist David Burnett’s work, on now through the third week of April. We had an opportunity to sit down and talk with the award-winning photographer at his sister Lisa’s house in Menlo. “Lisa kept telling me that […]

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Good news for fans of Borrone MarketBar

We were delighted to spot a chalkboard sign outside of Cafe Borrone heralding the two-day pop up of Borrone MarketBar, which closed unexpectedly last June. The “market side” will be open on December 23 & 24 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can pick up a menu of what’s being offered at Cafe Borrone […]

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Spotted: M-A class of 1959 gals having breakfast at Cafe Borrone

A group of four women appeared to be enjoying themselves particularly well last week while eating breakfast at Cafe Borrone. We found out they were spending a few days with each other as they do almost annually. The kicker: They’ve been friends for decades, all graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School in 1959. “There were 493 in our […]

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