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The Peninsula restaurants that opened, closed this summer

Original post made on Sep 12, 2019

Summer saw a flurry of closures and arrivals on the Peninsula. Read on to catch up on what opened and closed this summer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11:09 AM

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 12, 2019 at 10:58 pm

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Morsey’s gelato is no bull.


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Posted by Larry
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 13, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Another (re)opening in Palo Alto was Mike’s Cafe! Great to have a another refreshed restaurant in midtown, and finally a spot to get quality cocktails in the neighborhood!


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Posted by Renter's Blues
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm

If you don't own the building, don't expect to be around forever regardless of the business. Simple as that.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 13, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Alpine Inn was busy this very warm Friday evening. I parked way out on Arastradero. A security guy was directing parking lot traffic. Good time had by all.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2019 at 7:46 am

What is up with the new Vietnamese place on University Ave and High St. that was supposed to open this month? Is that still on track? What is the name of it?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2019 at 7:54 am

Does anyone remember Liddicoats where there was one large building and many different food places all together.

The food scene in Palo Alto is so bad, it would make a lot of sense for the City to buy a buildling like that and then rent out spaces or stalls to restaurant entrepreneurs at a reasonable rate to undercut and put some rent price competition on our bloodthirsty landlords in this town from the public sector.

That or pass pass laws that office buildings have to devote their ground floors to stores at a reasonable rent, or surrender them via eminent domain to the city to rent out for small business.

"Renter's Blues' up there is right, if you do not own the building you are working to put most of your efffort and money in the hands of a lazy rentier class that does nothing but try to pick the pockets of everyone who lives in our town.


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Posted by Old & In The Way
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 14, 2019 at 12:03 pm

> Does anyone remember Liddicoats where there was one large building and many different food places all together.

I remember when Liddicoats was an ACTUAL grocery store.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2019 at 10:13 pm

> I remember when Liddicoats was an ACTUAL grocery store.

Where was Liddicoats - the market? I didn't think it was in the same building?
I thought after Liddicoats market there was Zeit Gallery?

Someone should go back and keep track of all the old businesses that lived
in Palo Alto, and where they were and what they looked like at the time. Is
there anything like that in Palo Alto?

I still remember opening my first bank account on the BofA on University, and
going to see the Midnight Movies at the Varsity when it was a theater, before
it was a bookstore.


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Posted by Old & In The Way
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 15, 2019 at 3:58 pm

Where was Liddicoats - the market? I didn't think it was in the same building?

^^^Yep. Same building with display windows to boot!


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Posted by Old & In The Way
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

>> Someone should go back and keep track of all the old businesses that lived
in Palo Alto, and where they were and what they looked like at the time. Is
there anything like that in Palo Alto?

PA old timers will remember Thoits Shoe Store, Roos Brothers, University Creamery, Crescent Bakery, Adolph's Bakery, Rucker's Uniforms, Dick Felt's, TC Christies, The Camera Store, Palo Alto Mutual Savings & Loan, Dana Morgan & Son, Swains House of Music, Howards (a children's store), Webb Camera, Wideman's, Vaughns of Sather Gate, The Poppycock, the original St. Michael's Alley, The Alley, Smith's Sport Shop, Eyerly's Hardware, Palo Alto Hardware, The Paris Theater & Bistro, the Greyhound bus station...the list goes on.

Town & Country used to have some interesting sites as well, like the Masserati dealership and the amusement park.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm

Lots of businesses ...
Jeans West or American Jeans? on University
Wenzit Burger ??
Woolworths
World's Indoor Records
Chimera Books
Town and Country Records
Hobees in T&C
Machismo Mouse
Pizza A Go Go
Univeristy Creamery
House of Pies
Varsity Theater
Bijou Theater
Festival Cinema
T&C Records
T&C Market
Stickney's
Channing Market
World Wraps
Radio Shack
Liddicoats Market
Lucky Market
Albertson's
All the little fast food joints in Whiskey Gulch
Stacey's Books at San Antonio
31 Flavors on University ... and now Round Table
Pacific Stereo or similar on Lytton
Fine Arts Cinema on California
Togo's on Meadow at El Camino
42nd St.
Jocelyn's Midtown Bike Shop
Co-op Markets
Mrs. Field's Cookie / Liddicoats
Zeit Gallery
??? There used to be a huge garden nursery on El Camino, not sure what it was called.
so many I cannot even remember them all ... feel free to add.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 15, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Since we've meandered off-topic, somewhere in the clutter I have a few old telephone books. Don't know whether our Palo Alto Library has retained any of those. Still looking forward to my 50-year Cubberley reunion, if we organize one.


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Posted by Old & In The Way
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 16, 2019 at 8:42 am

Forgot to add Werry Electric on the corner of University Avenue where North Face once had a store).

@ CrescentParkAnon.

^^^ You're a relative 'newbie'...we're talking downtown PA businesses that were here from around the 1950s-early 1970s at best (although some of your listed were).

BTW, it was Harmony Stereo on Lytton...Pacific Stereo was on San Antonio Road/MV.

42nd Street (behind the alley) was the old PA Hardware warehouse.

Mac's Smokeshop is still around...they used to have a barbershop in the back.

Montgomery Wards on the corner of University & Emerson.

And one store that MOST Palo Altans never heard of or remember...The Pacific Store on Hamilton. It was a workingman's outfitters that later became a bike store...decades later.


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Posted by elisabeth
a resident of Addison School
on Sep 16, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Yea, Liddicoat's, the grocery, was there on University before it became an early version of a food court. There also was once a Woolworth's "five and dime", with a counter where you could get a soda or a shake. Palo Alto was like many towns in its time, with family stores like Swain's House of Music and Rapp's shoestore, and chains like Woolworths and Baskin-Robbins on its main downtown street, University Ave. As for who keeps track of all of this, aside from us old timer fans ... SUPPORT THE PALO ALTO HISTORY MUSEUM! The team there is striving to create just the kind of resource this thread seems to be asking for. The Palo Alto History Association (not sure of the name) has been collecting and archiving photographs and stories for years. Their enthusiasm and patient, steadfast work have fueled and will continue to feed into the museum project. If you want to share this picture of Palo Alto's past lives with your neighbors and children and grandchildren, support this resource when you can.


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Posted by Old & In The Way
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Downtown PA USED to be a shopping district & a place to go see a movie...now it's predominantly dining.

You could buy a car in downtown PA as well...Paddleford Olds/Cadillac, Keyes Pontiac, Lutz Ford & H&E BMW (before BMWs got tacky).


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Posted by Laura Bajuk
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm

What a great list! Thanks for the heads up Elisabeth!

The Museum is indeed collecting stories like these which will be part of our opening exhibits... you can write yours at Web Link

The Palo Alto Historical Association has been collecting images and artifacts for a century or so, and the new Museum will house that archive in cooperation with PAHA. Many of those photos have been digitized: check them out at PAHistory.org - and maybe add your own.

The new Museum has "only" $750k (of $9.2M) left to raise to start construction, but we're so close we can taste it. We have limited artifact storage now, but will have more when we open about a year after construction starts. Keep us in mind as you find things that record our past.

As this conversation thread shows, it's better to collect while we still remember what they are and where they came from.


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