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After 43 years, Hobee's Restaurant sold to new owners

Original post made on Jun 14, 2017

The family who has owned Peninsula breakfast institution Hobee's Restaurant for 43 years sold the business to two longtime employees, the company announced Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:47 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by hobees fan
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2017 at 11:13 am

Keep it going! We all love Hobees.

Posted by Chrissy
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 14, 2017 at 12:11 pm

I and my late husband have been going to Hobee's for over 25 years and it's my favorite restaurant. Been to all the locations at one time or another. I certainly hope that Hobee's will continue the excellent food and service I've enjoyed for so long. I'm glad it's staying in the family!

Posted by fcservices
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Hobee's has been such a friend to nonprofits over the decades, generously donating coffeecake and other items for events. Our thanks to the Taber family, and best wishes to the Chijates.

Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

I'm so happy Hobees will continue. It's a favorite place of mine to eat alone. When my son was a child, in the 70s, I often took him to breakfast on the weekends at the original Mountain View Hobees.

Posted by Hobees regular
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

I am so glad to hear that Hobbes will continue to be a place where my family can enjoy a healthy, relaxing dinner. We used to go almost every Sunday night to the restaurant at Town and Country until it closed. We were happy that the El Camino location started a weekend dinner service so we could continue enjoying our menu favorites!

Posted by Different opinion
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Hate to be the dissenter here but I sure hope the new ownership of this "institution" changes some things up at Hobee's. We stopped going there about 5 years ago. We were very tired of the menu which almost never changed, tired of the overly dry coffee cake, and tired of poorly (over) cooked meat dishes. I will given them a try again once the new ownership has been in place a while

Posted by Inspections...
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm

If you need some interesting reading, search for Hobees's in the County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health Food Facility Inspection Report database. Web Link

Posted by Big fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 14, 2017 at 11:07 pm

Hobees has wonderful specials that change, I don't understand the criticism. I love Hobee's, the food is good for a decent price, I can always find lots to eat as a vegetarian, and it's a great place to dine with other families. The employees make you so comfortable, I'm happy to eat there even when I don't feel up to going out.

All the best!!

Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:13 am

This is great news, however, I don't understand the appeal of Hobee's. And what is the big deal about the coffee cake? It's tough and dry.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2017 at 7:46 am

It is good to have an affordable option while eating out and this is good news for the community.

My thoughts though are that Hobees is sadly not keeping its offerings up to date. On my last visit for lunch I ordered a salad which was huge and mainly greens so much so that I had to dig to find the other ingredients. I would have preferred to have had a smaller plate with less greens and able to find the chicken and other ingredients. My companions ordered various other items and once again the portions were huge and we all left food. As we were meeting before heading out, taking the food with us was not an option as it would have been left in hot cars for several hours, not a good idea. Next time we are considering ordering less entrees and sharing as a mountain of home fries on one plate could adequately serve several people.

The traditional menu items may be a draw for some, but for others they are not a healthy or attractive option for those trying to eat wisely.

Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

Here come the long-time residents out in force again. Someone's going to bring up the bowling alley pretty soon.

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

Was disappointing to find Palo Alto Hobee's closed for repairs this morning.
Something the new owners decided needed to be done?
Hope they're open again tomorrow. My favorite weekday breakfast choice.

Posted by Big Fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 22, 2017 at 8:16 am

Yes, the longtime residents should just shut up about their quality of life being tanked, with nothing but homework and hanging out at the drugstore for their kids to do on their own while they have a suicide epidemic, and be happy they are spending their time in traffic while they pay for the golf course and all the great stuff on the other side of town that they can't visit anymore because of traffic. (Sarcasm) I think you were the only one who brought it up here, though, and it isn't relevant to tgis discussion.

Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:35 pm

@Me2: Your posting made me literally laugh out loud! Where's your sense of humor, Big Fan? You sound so angry. Two words: meditation and yoga. Kids don't do bowling alleys after the invention of videogaming. It really is true that it's no longer a family city, as I grew up here and now most people are either working here or cutting through the city as part of their commute. According to PAPD, the population is 60,000 but it swells to 250,000 on a weekday.

Posted by Big Fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 23, 2017 at 7:43 am

As someone who took my kid to the bowling alley to meet with other kids, and was looking forward to letting the kids go there on their own when they were older as I witnessed other older kids happily doing - as there are so few resources on this side of town where it's possible for kids to go hang out and let off steam - and as someone who drives my kid to another bowling alley occasionally (only occasionally, it's too far) to meet with ither teens to bowl, I completely disagree. The owner of the alley would have upgraded it, it was profitable. Maybe there are kids doing nothing but gaming, but adults with that attitude are to blame for taking away the resources to make walkable/adjacent amenities available all over town for our youth. Did you know there was a public pool east of Oregon that was filled in because neighbors, especially in a new condo development next to it, complained of noise? We almost lost the skating rink until residents saved it - last I looked, it's busy all the time. Teens I know will bike over to Los Altos now, because they don't want to be driven, don't drive yet, and there is nothing here. It's no longer a family City because someone can make a buck off of taking over what the public built, for their own short-term gain. We really need to start creating balance - since we have a business element in the comp plan, why are we still so laissez faire about companies overcrowding here while making all the negative consequences a public problem? Since when did we allow quality of life, urban open space and even urban wildland, walkable public amenities especially for our youth, to become dirty words?

We used to walk to Hobee's too, but now it's just too dangerous. We drive, and no, we're not happy about doing that. I wish I could require every City Council member to walk from our side of town to City Hall. And hold their meetings here half the time - oh, that's right, there is no public space to do that here.

Posted by Gary
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2017 at 7:30 am

I know that the Cupertino Hobee's is an independent franchise, but unfortunately they will likely be closing too because the property owner is forcing out all the businesses in the hope of being able to build something else on the land. Long time tenant Coffee Society was forced out and closed last week. Once all the businesses are gone the owners can insist that the shopping center is not viable. Same thing was done at Vallco.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 24, 2017 at 3:40 am

Oh, how for decades since the 70's I've loved to eat at Hobee's.
I used to get the tasty calorific burgers, and energy blends,
then I got the omelettes and salads.

The Embarcadero salads were great. And the coffee cake.
Great when they put them on the menu and until the last few
years. They they started reducing the ingredients. Wilted
greens and other problems. Try to get a refil of water or coffee,
or the check when you are leaving.

I used to go to the Town & Country Hobees two to three times
a week to grab dinner while I read the paper or browsed the news
online. I really miss that place.

Tried out every Hobees in the area, and they have all gone downhill
to the point I stopped going. I miss it, and I hope the new owners
can pep up morale and bring a new life to the chain. Very nice
fresh food.

The El Camino Hobees in Palo Alto is still pretty good. The Mountain
View Hobees is as well - but why does it not stay open for dinner?

Good luck for the future.

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