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Opening alert: Rusty's Roadside Grill in Ladera

Uploaded: Nov 28, 2015
Rusty's Roadside Grill, an East Coast-style pizzeria from the owner of Old Port Lobster Shack, is officially open for business at Ladera Country Shopper in Ladera.

The restaurant's opening menu was posted to its Facebook page on Saturday, with six pizzas and six burgers. Pizzas include cheese, veggie combo, smoked chicken alfredo, BBQ pulled pork, Margherita and pepperoni and sausage; all are made in an Italian stone-fired conveyor oven. Burgers include a "Roadhouse Double," jalapeño burger, veggie, turkey and more. Add a fried egg, bacon or avocado to any burger for 75 cents to $1.50. Milkshakes will arrive on Monday, according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

Owner Russell Deutsch, who has described himself as an East Coast "exile," opened his first New England-style seafood restaurant, Old Port Lobster Shack, in Redwood City in 2006. Several other locations followed in subsequent years, including in Napa, and two remain open today (one at the Ladera Country Shopper on Alpine Road, and another in San Jose).

Rusty's Roadside is a few doors down from the Old Port Lobster Shack location at the Ladera shopping center, 3130 Alpine Road.

Deutsch said in October that Rusty's will deliver pizza to Portola Valley, Woodside and Los Altos Hills in a special van that he bought at a pizza show in Las Vegas. The van has an oven in the back that is heated by the car engine and can hold up to 62 pizzas, Deutsch said.

He is also in the midst of expanding the Old Port Lobster Shack brand, with three new locations set to come online in 2016 in Los Altos, Roseville and Portland, Maine. The original Redwood City location will be closing in 2016 to make way for a new apartment complex.

Editor's note: This story originally stated that Rusty's Roadside Grill is located in Portola Valley. It is located in Ladera.


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Posted by Pat, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera,
on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I'm trying to find the phone number for this place since it apparently does delivery. Also, I'd like to see a readable menu. Help!

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Posted by Elena Kadvany, a resident of another community,
on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Pat: The number listed on the restaurant's Facebook page is (650) 600-8666. Here's the Facebook: Web Link

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Posted by Pat, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera,
on Nov 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for the phone number. I'm not a Facebook user but I followed your link. Unfortunately, the menu is unreadable. Too bad.

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Posted by Virginia, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Dec 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

Rusty's is open from 11 AM to 3 PM but starting tomorrow it will be open in the evening as well. Rusty's phone number is (650) 600-8686. I go there to maintain my svelte figure.

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Posted by Rusty's Roadside Grill, a resident of another community,
on Dec 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

Hi Folks,

We will open evenings hopefully this weekend. Still training staff and getting operations up to speed. Our telephone number is 650-600-8666. Pat had it one digit off above. We also have a toll free number 1-844-4PIZZA. Come check us out soon.

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Posted by lindaloo, a resident of Mountain View,
on Dec 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hurrah! An Old Port Lobster Shack in Los Altos! I love the one in Ladera; it will be great to have another closer to home.

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Posted by Member, a resident of Woodside: other,
on Mar 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

I hope he gets things worked out. He has done a lot for his community.

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