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The end of an era: Ann's Coffee Shop to close

Original post made on Apr 7, 2021

After 75 years, Ann's Coffee Shop, known for its 1950s atmosphere, bottomless carafes of coffee and homemade soups and pies, is set to close April 19, according to the mother-son duo that has run the diner since 2008.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 2:38 PM

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Posted by Squidsie
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2021 at 9:46 am

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Wonderful. Menlo Park really needs yet another trendy, over-priced bistro, or pointless boutique.


Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 9, 2021 at 10:50 am

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I spent a delicious hour in there with my two tweeners boys, prior to CoVID. I just knew this historic place would not last and had to share the good ole days with my kids. They loved it!!! I wanted to stayall day. Petaluma did the same to it’s downtown diners and family owned bakeries —ruined. Shop & schlock now. Heartbroken.


Posted by Old PA Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 15, 2021 at 5:09 pm

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Very sorry to hear of yet another old town favorite being shuttered so the landlord can get a bigger buck. Can't believe the landlord wouldn't let it stay open while s/he makes plans for the site.

My dad, now 95, has been going there for decades. They made everyone feel welcome. Best of luck to all of the family -- and thank you!


Posted by Jim Long
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 16, 2021 at 2:41 pm

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Very sad, fabulous place................and a pox on the new owners if it's true ...........for not letting Ann's stay open until they had their plans for the next phase done.


Posted by David
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 3, 2021 at 2:05 am

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I only patronized ACS for a couple of years, but I'll certainly miss it. Best of luck to Nikki L and everyone else who was associated with ACS.

Good news is on the horizon though, Jason's Café is currently under renovation, and Mr. Kwan told me he expects it to reopen in June or July. ;=)


Posted by Jim Nemo
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 3, 2021 at 8:16 am

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There used to be another coffee shop near the corner of ECR and Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park that was also very popular back in the late 1980s.

It was operated by a Japanese-American woman and her daughter.

Jim Plunkett was a regular customer.


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