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Eating Out - December 14, 2012

Shop Talk

PALO ALTO'S LARGEST COFFEE CUP ... Customers are doing a double take if they happen to look up at the roof as they enter Izzy's Bagels at 477 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto. They see a 7-foot-tall coffee cup paired with a 5-foot-tall bagel. Izzy's manager Maria Arzate said customers tell her they love the display, which went up last month. "With that coffee cup up there, people know exactly where to find us," she said. But wait. All is not well in the land of giant coffee cups and giant bagels. Seems someone complained to the city about the coffee cup, so Palo Alto Code Enforcement Officer Brian Reynolds investigated and found that the cup and the bagel violate city law. "We don't permit roof signs. It's not the size that matters. It's a violation to have any display on the roof," Reynolds said. He also referred to a safety issue. "With a big storm and strong winds, the displays could be blown off. We don't know how they are installed," he said. A city notice for removal has been issued to Izzy's, Reynolds said. Contrary to a report that the cup and the bagel will be taken down on Saturday, Arzate said she is unaware of any such plans. The business is still talking to the city, she said, adding, "I don't know what will be next."

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Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. Email shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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