By Elena Kadvany
Fire, Oak & Barley shutters in Palo AltoUploaded: Apr 18, 2016
With about eight months of business under its belt, Fire, Oak & Barley closed its doors at 341 California Ave. this weekend.
Family-owned Bay Area bakery company Le Boulanger opened the "fine fast-casual" restaurant in Palo Alto last August in an effort to expand its reach beyond bakery, breakfast and lunch to dinner and new customers, owner Dan Brunello said last year.
Dan's son Jeff, Le Boulanger's senior vice president, did not immediately return a request for comment. The restaurant’s windows have been completely covered with white paper, and a short message posted on the front door:
"Fire, Oak & Barley has closed as of Sunday April 17th. We want to thank all of our loyal patrons and the surrounding community for your support and patronage.
"We look forward to supporting the new operators who will be taking over this space."
After the Brunellos took over the California Avenue space in 2014, they completely rebuilt what previously housed a florist and consignment store into a 158-seat dining room with a full kitchen and even a wood-burning pizza oven imported from Italy. They added a small patio outside in the front of the restaurant, complete with ceiling heaters and a double-sided fireplace.
Fire, Oak & Barley served casual lunch and dinner fare, from pizzas and burgers to salads and sandwiches, plus local beer and wine.
There are 18 Le Boulanger locations throughout the Bay Area -- including nearby in Menlo Park, Mountain View and Los Altos -- as well as a robust wholesale division. The Brunellos said last year that the Palo Alto restaurant would likely be the first of multiple Fire, Oak & Barley outposts they would open throughout the Bay Area.
No word yet on what will be moving into the space yet; stay tuned.