Rudy's Pub prepares for last round

Downtown fixture looks to close on Jan. 1, reopen elsewhere

While new offices get ready to open their doors in downtown Palo Alto, a long-standing University Avenue bar is preparing to say goodbye.

Rudy's Pub, a downtown fixture for more than 50 years, plans to close its doors on Jan. 1 and reopen in a different location sometime in 2014. The pub, which is located near Alma Street, was described by one customer as a throwback to the 1960s.

"I don't go for fancy," said the customer, a self-described regular who would only say his first name was Joe. "Rudy's has everything I need. They know me. I know them. Just grab me a beer."

Pub owner Megan Kawkab said some her "regulars" have been coming to Rudy's for 45 years.

"I'm going to miss this place. I know every square inch of every nook and cranny," Kawkab said.

But she also expressed optimism.

"We hope to reopen just down the street in six months, maybe less. I can't tell you exactly where yet, but it will be on University Avenue," she said.

Rudy's closure is coming at a time when downtown is going through a building boom and rising property values. It is located about a block away from the site of the recently approved Lytton Gateway building, a four-story development that will stand on 101 Alma, at the corner of Lytton.

The pub's Facebook page notes that the rent on the block have doubled and that "offices are moving in, so it's time to start something new."


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