Oasis Beer Garden

The booths and tables at the Oasis Beer Garden in Menlo Park are as lonely the sole pint of beer pictured above, and unlikely to be filled again.

We learned today that Dan Beltramo, the building’s property owner, does not intend to bring back the Oasis in the near future.

Emails Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller: “In the past few weeks I introduced the Tougas family [who operated the Oasis] to an attorney to assist them with the sale of the Oasis brand, and also offered assistance to Greg Stern, the owner of the Dutch Goose who was in conversation with the Tougas family regarding purchasing the business.

“For a short time it appeared a deal was coming together. Ultimately, Mr. Beltramo expressed the desire that he wanted to take his time in deciding what to do next with the property.”

Ray added that the Tougas family has kindly decided to donate some items from the Oasis restaurant to the Menlo Park Historical Society.

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Oasis may be saved yet – here’s the latest

Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller has been in conversation with both the Tougas family (operators of the Oasis) and the Beltramo family (owners of the building) and late this afternoon sent an email to City Manager Alex McIntyre and City Attorney Bill McClure saying that he is “cautiously optimistic the pieces are coming […]

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Beltramo family, property owners of the Oasis, seek new operators for the restaurant

We’ve been asked to spread the word about Dan and Margaret Beltramo’s interest in maintaining the site as a restaurant rather than redevelop the property. According to a city official who met with them, they are emotionally attached to the restaurant, recognize its importance to the community, and have expressed they sincerely wish it would […]

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More on The Oasis from author of the book on Camp Fremont

The building that houses The Oasis, which will close on March 7, has a history that predates its 60 years as a beer garden. Emails Barbara Wilcox, who wrote a book about Camp Fremont during World War I: “[The building] was one of several Camp Fremont YMCAs during the war. Every unit had its own YMCA. […]

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Menlo Park beer & burger institution, The Oasis, set to close March 7

The Tougas family, who operate The Oasis, announced via Facebook that the much beloved Menlo Park beer and burger spot will close on March 7. Here is their announcement: “To all of our loyal customers and to the greater Menlo Park community, “It is with heavy heart that we announce the closing of our beloved […]

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Burgers in Menlo Park: The Oasis

This is the second in a series reviewing burgers offered by Menlo Park establishments. We decided to sample a cheeseburger at The Oasis, another Menlo Park burger institution that’s been around since 1958. When eating there, it’s imperative to get the fries. Just the Facts: A cheeseburger with everything on it is $6.15 and comes in a […]

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One building – and a web of tunnels – is all that remains of Menlo’s military past, Camp Fremont

Only one building – which now houses the Oasis Beer Garden and Menlo Atherton Glass – remains from a brief two-year period in Menlo Park’s history that turned the town into a training ground for troops earmarked for the battlefields of World War I. Camp Fremont became home to over tens of thousands of troops, […]

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A long time Oasis on game day

In most ways, the Oasis Beer Garden has changed little since Bernie Tougas opened it in 1958 – and that’s what keeps successive generations of locals coming back for a game day beer. Located in Menlo just a couple of blocks from the Paly city limits, during its first few decades it was the closest […]

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