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Restaurant scene retrospective

Original post made on Dec 28, 2018

You could say that 2018 was a banner year for the local restaurant scene. Read on for our take on some of the notable comings and goings in the Midpeninsula dining world in 2018.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 27, 2018, 11:25 AM

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Posted by RickMoen
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm

RickMoen is a registered user.

It's also been almost two years since Menlo Park's Bradley's Fine Diner closed on New Year's Day 2017, reportedly because celebrity chef Bradley Ogden had undisclosed disagreements with owner Ogden Hospitality Group's CEO Christopher Vestal. (This is in the former Gambardella's Ristorante Italiano space at 1165 Merrill St., and next door to 1195 Merrill St., where Crepes Café cratered, in the same building, Menlo Square, across from the CalTrain station.)

According to a Feb. 2017 story by The Almanac's Kate Bradshaw, Ogden Hospitality Group got dissolved shortly after that, and Mr. Vestal claimed his new company Cherry Pie Hospitality would be soon opening a new restaurant in BFD's space with a 'brand new concept' that is 'light and bright' with flexible space for private events, plus a 'larger menu and a more expansive wine and cocktail list'.

Posters went up on the doors announcing the wunderkind restaurant arriving soon, with a matching Web site where you could sign up to get news -- and then nothing at all has happened for two years.

I see that, since May, those two addresses, i.e., the entire Menlo Square property, has been listed for sale through commercial realtor Colliers International. If anyone has a spare $1.8m burning a hole in one's pocket, now's your chance.

Rick Moen
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Posted by Seck
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Still loving the classics, such as Flea St.


Posted by Jason
a resident of University South
on Dec 28, 2018 at 7:29 pm

No mention of Traverna? Seems like an oversight.


Posted by Longtime Menlo Parker
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm

@RickMoen, you read my mind. I've been wondering why the former BFD space is still empty as well. Thanks for the backstory. Looks like that "Cherry Pie Hospitality" entity has gone belly-up as well. If you Google them, it says they're being sued for over 1 million dollars by some ice cream shop lease dispute in another state.


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