Palo Alto Weekly

Eating Out - April 15, 2011

Shop Talk

by Palo Alto Weekly staff

MORE MEDITERRANEAN ...Palo Alto may already have its fair share of Middle Eastern eateries, but the owners of the latest addition, Zara, say that the tastes and dishes on offer at their restaurant are different. Owner Ted Yashar Sokmen, who is from Turkey, says that Zara's features a variety of authentic Turkish sauces not typically found at other restaurants. Also on the menu are kebabs, hot and cold appetizers, and such entrees as the Alexander lamb and beef gyro. Zara, which opened in March, occupies the space attached to Club Illusions at 260 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto. Along with its spacious interior bar and dining areas, the restaurant also features a large patio with Mediterranean-style tiles and vegetation. Sokmen plans to open up the area, which he says could seat 30 to 40 people, in summer.

FISKER AFOOT ...The luxury electric-car company Fisker may stimulate some competition for the Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors when it opens a Palo Alto showroom at 4190 El Camino Real this fall. "Palo Alto was selected as an area in the heart of Silicon Valley because it represents a key potential market for Fisker prospects both in terms of demographics and willingness to both adopt and embrace new technologies," said Roger Ormisher, director of global communications. Demonstration models of the Fisker Karma, a lithium battery-powered luxury sedan for which there is a two-year waiting list, are expected to arrive at the retailer this summer.

Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Shop Talk will check it out. E-mail shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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