Dittmer's set to reopen

Popular place for gourmet meats nearly ready, new grocery stores coming

Rising from the ashes, the popular Dittmer's Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus is scheduled to reopen this month in Los Altos. A fire heavily damaged the original Dittmer's in Mountain View more than a year ago.

Fans of the 34-year-old family business' bratwurst, frankfurters, country-style bacon and other smoked, fresh and lunch meats should be pleased.

"Open, open, open," one person recently wrote on the Dittmer's Facebook page.

"I drive by with intense longing and near-accidents. Please open soon," another commenter urged.

The new store will be located at 4540 El Camino Real in the former Wells Fargo Bank building in the Village Court Shopping Center in Los Altos. Its 5,000-square-foot space has undergone a major transformation. Although the shell of the building remains, the interior has been redone, with artistically tiled walls, new wood floors and at least seven refrigerated display cases to hold the varieties of sausages and smoked and fresh meats.

Last week, store owners posted a photo on Facebook of the cases, all new and covered with plastic. "Getting closer. Meat cases came in today," the caption read. In response, 273 people "liked" the post.

The original Dittmer's, which was at 400 San Antonio Road in Mountain View, shut down after the two-alarm blaze in January 2011. Officials blamed the fire on a malfunctioning smoker. Wood chips inside got overheated and set alight due to a faulty thermostat switch, they said. The blaze was mainly in the attic and rafters, but the store's interior suffered heavy smoke damage.

Dittmer Bubert opened the store in 1978, crafting his meats with the traditional German methods he learned in his native Germany. His son and daughter are also involved in the business.

A longtime Mountain Vew resident, Bubert told the Voice last December that he was sorry to move his store out of the city. But, he noted, the new location is "right across the street from Mountain View."

A hot market for markets

In other food-related retail news, construction is well underway for the new market on the northeast corner of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road in Mountain View. It is expected to open under the Sprouts Farmers Market banner due to Sprouts' recent merger with Sunflower Farmers Market. Both stores specialize in fresh produce.

The combined company is expected to have about 150 stores, including a Sprouts that is already in operation at 111 E. El Camino Real in Sunnyvale.

The new Mountain View Sprouts is taking over the former sites of Rasputin Music and DSW Shoes. (Rasputin moved and reopened earlier this year at 1939 El Camino Real in Mountain View.)

Meanwhile, across the way on the southeast corner of El Camino and San Antonio, a new Safeway is sprouting. The 64,700-square-foot grocery store is estimated to be completed by the end of the year, city planner Melinda Denis said.

Neighboring Palo Alto is also expecting two new grocers. The Fresh Market, a North Carolina-based, European-style market, will open its first West Coast store in the Edgewood Plaza center on Embarcadero Road.

"The Fresh Market will be breaking ground soon in Edgewood Plaza for an expected opening in late 2012 or early 2013," said Thomas Fehrenbach, city economic development director for Palo Alto.

And in late summer or early fall, Miki's Farm Fresh Produce is scheduled to move in at 3445 Alma St. in Palo Alto. The company bills itself as "an all-encompassing organic grocery store." Owner Michael "Miki" Werness is a former manager at Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market, both in Berkeley.


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Posted by Trisha
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Super happy to read this article. This is AWESOME news!!!

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Posted by Vicki
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hey, finally Dittmers will be open. Can't wait. It's been a long year.

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Posted by Suzy Q
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

YeeHaaa! It's been a long wait! So happy to hear the wait is soon to be over.

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Posted by Grim Reaper
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

Didn't any of you hear the latest scientific news that all red meat is bad for you?

And don't get me started on the sausage thing if you have to ask what's in it.

And then there's all those nitrates behind the deli counter.

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Posted by Can't Hardly Wait
a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Great news, hopefully Dittmer's will include tables and chairs so people can sit and enjoy their lunch. Glad they have a larger space in which they can operate!

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Our family cannot wait to enjoy delicious German sausages again!!! Wonderful news, and since this is Los Altos, we should have a Biergarten in this location, since Mountain View is not issuing that permit in downtown.

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Posted by Kman
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm


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Posted by The Eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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Das ist wunderbar!!!

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Posted by rem
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on Jun 5, 2012 at 7:46 am

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Posted by former mv resident
a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2012 at 1:34 am

re: "in other food-related retail news.."
Sprouts is coming to the corner of El Camino & San Antonio;
Safeway will have a mega-store on another corner of El Camino & San Antonio;
Milk Pail Market is already located in the San Antonio Shopping Center;
Trader Joe's is also already located in the San Antonio Shopping Center.

Why so many grocery stores in one corner of Mtn. View?????!!!!!!!!

Why can't the MV City Council be a 'friend' to the stores that were there first?? My business STILL be at Trader Joe's and Milkpail (yes, in that order!)

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Posted by Geography
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Rasputin was on the northwest corner, not northeast. And the southwest corner is in Los Altos, not Mountain View.

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Posted by GC
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

re: in other food-related retail news

Not more poor planning, an over abundant of these larger store will knock out the small independent shops. May be we should of put in the Home Depot

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