CORNER BAKERY COMING ... The Corner Bakery Cafe, a restaurant chain that
specializes in pastries, breads, sandwiches and salads, is poised to move into the former Boston Market site at 3375 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Boston Market closed in January. "We're looking at a late August/early September opening," Corner Bakery spokesman John Sweeney said. The Palo Alto location will be the third of 32 Corner cafes destined for the Bay Area. Popular in the East, the Dallas-based franchise is heading west in a big way. "It will take about seven years to put all 32 restaurants in the Bay Area and then it will be difficult to travel anywhere in this area without running into a Corner Bakery," Sweeney said. The Palo Alto location will seat about 170 people, including an outdoor patio. "Right now, we're waiting for word from the city to see if our patio will be approved," Sweeney said.
T&C GETS A SECOND ICE CREAM SHOP ... Ice cream aficionados, listen up. In addition to Cold Stone Creamery, a second ice cream shop is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend in Palo Alto's Town & Country Village. Taking over a prime corner location in the middle of the mall, Tin Pot Creamery will replace Honeys and Heroes, a children's-clothing boutique that moved to a smaller space next door. Tin Pot has developed a following after debuting its handcrafted ice-cream-of-the-month delivery service last year in San Francisco, and is known for its unusual pairings and flavors. Pastry chef and co-owner Becky Sunseri, a former Facebooker, calls Town & Country Village her "dream location." The biggest crowd-pleasing flavor, she says, is her salted butterscotch with gooey brownie.
FRESH MARKET NEARING FINISH LINE ... A new player is entering the fray in what some Palo Altans are now referring to as "the grocery wars." Fresh Market is scheduled to open this summer in Edgewood Plaza. The approximately 20,000-square-foot store, which prides itself on its European-style market, has more than 100 stores nationwide. The Palo Alto location will be Fresh Market's second store in California. Other recent grocer activity includes the April 1 closing of Miki's Farm Fresh Produce in Palo Alto's Alma Village, after a mere six months in business; the April 19 grand opening of the 65,000-square-foot Safeway in Mountain View's San Antonio Center; last month's completion of a year-long expansion of Piazza Fine Foods in south Palo Alto; and an unexpected temporary hold for a planned renovation of JJ&F Market in Palo Alto's College Terrace neighborhood.
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