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Restaurant planned for Caffe Verona site

Original post made on Sep 10, 2007

Since Caffe Verona closed three years ago, the vacant site has caused skeptical Verona loyalists and passersby to doubt anything would ever replace the popular coffee shop.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 25, 2006, 12:00 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by jjostinato, a resident of University South
on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:01 pm

"The coffee shop's loyalists used to praise the coffee shop for its tasty paninis"

The Italian word, "Panini" is plural; it means, "sandwiches".


Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Thanks JJ. What's Italian for "pedantic"?


Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:33 pm

In fact, showing what a pedant I am, here's from the Wiki on Panino (the singular form):

The word "panino" [pa'ni:no] is Italian (literally meaning small bread roll), with the plural panini. "Panini" is often used in a singular sense by speakers of languages that borrow the word, including English and French, and pluralised when necessary into "paninis".

So props to Molly Tanenbaum, the article's author, for using it in its properly Americanized (or Franco-nized) form!


Posted by Sandwich lover, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2007 at 9:12 am

I would just love to find a sandwich shop that tried some new varieties.

How about, smoked salmon and avocado, shrimp and mango, cheese and apple, lamb and apricot (or even lamb and anything).

Every sandwich shop, even those that make what you ask for, seem to have the same list of boring ingredients.


Posted by Finger Sandwich Lover, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Sep 11, 2007 at 12:10 pm

Sanwich lover,

I love finger sandwiches. But now that I've had my ten, I can't seem to hold another. Can you grasp that?

Kidding aside, why not suggest this to your fav sandwich shop?


Posted by chris, a resident of University South
on Sep 11, 2007 at 2:48 pm

How about some current news on this site, not a 1-year-old story?


Posted by Disgusted Taxpayer, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

How about some current news about the Cafe Verona site? And maybe someone could explain the rush to kick out a much-loved cafe to leave it vacant all these years? Guess Palo Alto doesn't need the tax revenue.

Can't wait to see how the expensive Destination Palo Alto consultants spin all the empty storefronts.


Posted by just thinking, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

Was it the city that controlled the closing of Cafe Verona?


Posted by Peter, a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2008 at 1:07 pm

The city had nothing to do with the closing of Cafe Verona. As I recall, the restaurant simply failed; the owners tried to make a go of it with a sharing arrangement with another restaurant but that didn't work out.


Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 8, 2008 at 12:44 am

"As I recall, the restaurant simply failed; the owners tried to make a go of it with a sharing arrangement with another restaurant but that didn't work out.'

The landlord raised the rent, and/or cancelled the Cafe Verona lease. the tenents tried to make it elsewhere, through a sharing arrangement, and failed.

The landlord in this case is/was just plain greedy, with no sense of public responsibility.


Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 8, 2008 at 12:51 am

Here are some facts in the case.
Web Link

Yet another irresponsible absentee landlord, who didn't have to live with the adverse consequences of the Cafe Verona owners, or the slumlord-like facade that this vacant piece of trash has emanated for years. I think we should create code that controls owners like this with *serious* fines. $10K per month (as a fine, after one year of vacancy) would have gotten someone like Gatley to get off his high horse and get that place rented.


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