NEW OREN'S HUMMUS COMING ... Fans of Oren's Hummus will soon have another local outpost where they can rip, scoop and eat: Town & Country Village in Palo Alto. "Coming soon" signs for the popular Israeli eatery were recently put up at the former location of Fast Tony's Chicken, toward the back of the 855 El Camino Real shopping center. According to a press release, this will be the first of several "express" versions of Oren's that will focus on quick, grab-and-go service. They plan to open more Oren's Hummus Express locations in downtown San Francisco and the East Bay by the end of the year and "anticipate carrying the brand out of the Bay Area with an expansion in 2020," the release states.The 855-square-foot space at Town & Country will be open seven days a week with a counter where customers can order hot items made for pick up as well as to-go orders. The menu will feature Oren's "greatest hits with a few new items," the release states. Namesake Oren Dobronsky, an Israeli-born technology entrepreneur, opened the first Oren's in downtown Palo Alto in 2011. With an eye toward expansion, Dobronsky and his wife, Nancy, partnered with restaurant consultant Mistie Cohen and her husband and Oren's executive chef, David. Together, the co-owners went on to open locations in Mountain View, Cupertino and last summer, San Francisco (the only location that serves breakfast to date). The restaurant's menu is full of Israeli staples, from hummus and falafels to kebabs and shakshuka to baba ganoush and bourekas. Oren's also makes whole wheat and gluten-free pita. The first Oren's Hummus Express will open in April. — E.K.
Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elena Kadvany and Jamey Padojino. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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