Next out the door is Mantra, an Indian restaurant at 632 Emerson St. that began serving in March 2006. Incoming is the Mexican eatery Tacolicious. Owner Joe Hargrave has big plans for the site. A massive renovation is planned, with Hargrave plunking down $500,000, "and that's just for the construction," he said. "Then there's the new furniture, the new fixtures and the art." The plans call for walls to be torn down to make the kitchen visible to diners. "You'll see a lot more energy here," Hargrave said. A veteran restaurateur who has two other Tacolicious locations in San Francisco, he said: "I've been thinking about coming to Palo Alto for a while. I love this community and I have a lot of friends and investors here." The restaurant is expected to seat more than 100 guests and open in October or November.
The third shutdown is Lavanda, a Mediterranean Italian and Croatian restaurant and wine bar at 185 University Ave., on the corner of Emerson Street. Although owner Bruce Schmidt said, "We will be reopening soon at a location nearby," he did not provide additional information. Replacing Lavanda is Campo Pizzeria, a new concept from the owners of Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay and Osteria Coppa in San Mateo. Sources said that Campo Pizzeria is expected to open in October.
TROUBLE AHEAD FOR TERRITORY AHEAD ... At least two of Territory Ahead's four stores are closing this month, including the one at Stanford Shopping Center. Scheduled to shut down for good on July 28, the travel and casual clothing store is currently offering most merchandise at steep discounts. Territory Ahead opened an outlet store in Midtown Palo Alto in 2004, but that, along with its companion store, Travelsmith, closed several years ago.
NEW SUBWAY FOR SOUTH PALO ALTO ... A Subway is coming to Charleston Center at the corner of Middlefield and Charleston roads. Construction began this week to transform a small office that was home to an insurance company into the sandwich shop. Located near Piazza's Fine Foods and next to Green Elephant restaurant, Subway is expected to open in late summer/early fall.