Shop Talk: Sushi restaurant Miyake closes Restaurants, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Oct 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm
Add Miyake and Cafe Renaissance to the growing list of restaurant closings in Palo Alto. Miyake, the noisy, flashy, busy sushi joint at 140 University Ave., ended its decades-long run early last month.
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Posted by Cheryl, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm
I almost cried when I saw that Cafe Renaissance closed. She made the best artichoke and chicken horesht (sp). None of my Persian friends can make this dish and she was the warmest business person in downtown PA. I can only hope that she finds a different spot for us to enjoy her food. Keep us posted Daryl if you hear something about this possibility.
Posted by Unimpressed, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 7:59 am
Alma Village, AKA Alma Eyesore is ramping up for business. I have been waiting for years for a big blank box to loom over the sidewalk at just this spot on Alma to welcome drivers. What a disaster. i wish there was a shred of accountability in city hall. perhaps we could dress it up by hanging massive JCC banners on the building. McNellis blew it. I hope he enjoys his Starbucks. Urbanization of Palo Alto is something citizens never voted for...and that new light is ridiculous.
Posted by Paul, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 8:31 am
Our family stopped going to Miyake a long time ago because it was so dirty and run down. I know others felt the same way. It used to be such a great place to dine. Restaurants really need to make an effort to keep their places clean and updated.
Posted by Wasabi Burp, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:11 am
Miyakis was good if you wanted to eat bad fish but enjoy a frat house party atmosphere. It was the place to go if you didn't like sushi but liked standing on chairs so everyone could see how crazy and outrageous were as you drank a saki-bomb. Problem was, you weren't crazy nor outrageous and also obviously had bad taste in sushi.
Posted by j, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:17 am
People will whine about anything won't they?
Actually, Alma needs more stop lights on that stretch to University. Have you ever tried to make a turn out of one of the side streets into traffic anytime during rush hour? It is like playing Frogger. Plus people like to drive, oh, 15-20 miles > speed limit there. I would welcome a few more traffic lights there to just slow things down a bit.
Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:32 am
As a neighbor of the new "village" (yeah, right!) I was horrified to see that our "for sale to the highest bidder" council after years of posturing to communicate there concern for our city passed this plan that slapped the BACK SIDE of the strip mall right up against the sidewalk, essentially turning Alma into an alley.
Installing another Starbucks just about 3 blocks from the one on El Camino near El Camino Way, and the drive through version just up the road is further clarification that insanity is the norm these days. There are so many wonderful coffee places around Palo Alto that would have been much preferred! Even Peets!
The only upside to this double-decade long train wreck is Miki's Farm Fresh Market which I'm really excited about.
I've already had a couple strolls through and conversations with Miki and this is definitely a win for the neighborhood.
At last report I heard they've only sold one of the many $1.5M homes. Why does this not surprise me? If I had $1.5M for a home I'm sure the first place I'd look would be across the street from the railroad tracks where we may be further tortured soon by the high speed rail.
Has anyone written a book "Real Estate Development for Morons" yet?
Posted by neighbor, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:55 am
They've turned the light on way too early. We just sit there and no one is around to benefit from the light. Kinda silly.
I second the sentiment regarding Alma Plaza -- it's AWFUL! What is up with this new drive to build with no setback from the street? And why does city hall keep touting "urbanization"? People choose the suburbs to avoid urbanization. Someone needs to take leadership on the council an din the planning to stop the pattern.
And of course there is a demand for affordable housing, but why not require Stanford to do some of the building on their land to accomodate the new employees hired after the expansion? Why should we change our lifestyle to over-accomodate. Don't get me wrong, I'm a belever in affordable housing, but it's reached a point where it's changing our neighborhood feel. What's the limit?
Posted by TimH, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm
The Alma Plaza is looking like another target of conversation. It seems that for all of the talk, the PA City Council is not really making an evident string of good decisions. Sometimes things that are really "future forward" don't seem right in the present, so I'm willing to see. HOWEVER, the concrete edifice is not just ugly in an imposing manner, it's unfriendly as well - I shopped the old Alma Plaza for years and it didn't seem to suffer from street noise. That was even before quiet hybrid cars! Why did the city need to spin it around to create more traffic for the internal neighborhood? Just wondering. This note isn't an attack on change or damaged memories, just asking why Palo Alto has not adopted some kind of master plan regarding architectural design themes. Didn't we learn from the 1990's monster home days?
Posted by John Galt, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Reality check: Hybrid cars are no quieter than real cars. A Prius, after depleting its battery in a mile or so, runs on gas like everyone else. Then it has to waste gas recharging its battery.
High Speed Rail is ELECTRIC. It won't run any faster than the current Baby Bullet until it gets out into the country side. You antis have no conception of how quiet these trains are. I have lived and worked in Japan and the are almost silent. Across Alma, inside your $1.5M house, you won't hear a thing.
There should be no need to change any of the current rail structure since they will be less intrusive than the current diesel electics and won't be going any faster through the penninsula.
Anyway it is moot. We will NEVER see any high speed rail through Palo Alto.
Posted by palo altan, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm
I'm in agreement with the recent letter to the editor in the Weekly complaining about the spate of construction with no setbacks at all. I'm not sure I agree that the JCC is such a problem because it's not like it's out of character for the neighborhood, but the new (mountain view) construction at the San Antonio Mall site, the Alma center, just create such a claustrophobic feeling. It's very strange, too, that they would create these structures in the middle of town that wall people off from the retail inside rather than inviting them in.
El Camino and Alma aren't freeways where the buildings should double as sound walls and the drivers can expect to drive through a tunnel of walls. How do we get this addressed in the building codes? Has someone been getting waivers, or is this really allowed? I generally don't complain about much when it comes to development, but this is ridiculous. We need setbacks. No more of this building right up to the road.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm
> John Galt, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood
> Reality check: Hybrid cars are no quieter than real cars.
> A Prius, after depleting its battery in a mile or so, runs on gas like everyone else.
> Then it has to waste gas recharging its battery.
If it's wasting it's gas recharging its battery how are they averaging 40-45 MPG ... i.e. the most efficient car I think there is. Maybe the Leaf might be more efficient, but there's range problems with an all electric car.
Answer is they are not. While your gas car IS wasting gas at a stop light or idling the efficient engine of the Prius is recharging the battery and not wasting gas.
The new Pri??i that are pluggable are even more efficient.
Posted by Phil, a resident of the Greater Miranda neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 11:30 am
Not to worry! There are plenty of good restaurants in Mountain View. And have you been to downtown Redwood City lately? What a transformation! Its the entertainment capital of the Peninsula, for sure. And more and more good restaurants there too.
With MV and RWC so close, Palo Alto is still a pretty good place to live.
Posted by TimH, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 11:33 am
I'm not sure you are addressing the point of my post, but no matter. High-speed rail? Who mentioned that before your comment? As for hybrid cars, any Toyota engine, pistons and all, is quiet - sorry to use a bad example, just pointing out that Alma Plaza didn't seem to suffer from car noise even when our parents all drove larger cars of the era.
I'll go with Mr. Ed on this topic; done deal. If we have a problem with how city council measures setbacks, then we put the pressure onto city hall. If they envision a "tunnel of walls" or from earlier boards, an "urban canyon" (along El Cam), then be ready for that reality.
Too bad about high-speed rail, by the way. That would have been cool!
Posted by Jan H., a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm Jan H. is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I have to say, we have been going to Menlo Park, RWC, and Mtn View a lot for dining, since so many of our favorite restaurants here are disappearing or have been overtaken by obnoxious or intoxicated Stanford students ( the Counter and Miyake come to mind; good riddance to Miyake, it had become quite foul).
But just last night, my son and his wife wanted to order take-out from Renaissance, and I had to break it to them that it was gone. We mourn the great cuisine, and the wonderful, friendly owner. What a loss!
Posted by Donna, a resident of Los Altos, on Oct 10, 2012 at 10:13 am
The McArthur Park building is NOT being destroyed. It will be disassembled and moved to a Stanford campus location, then reassembled and re-appreciated. Historical landmarks cannot be simply torn down.
Posted by Dave, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 8, 2013 at 11:06 am
Miyake was GREAT (both food & atmosphere) in its original hole-in-the-wall location in the 200 block of University. But when they moved to the corner of High street, quality took a nosedive and it lost it intimate charm (turned bright and loud), and that was the beginning of the end.
I was sad to see the original Miyake lost in the move, but the current incarnation was long overdue for closure.