On Tuesday night, the Mountain View City Council is set to discuss what to do with two historic Villa Street restaurants that are part of a new downtown office project.
Representatives of the restaurants Chez TJ and the Tied House brewery announced last month they were planning to eventually close down to make way for a four-story office project. The office development by the Minkoff Group could provide space for the eateries to reopen, possibly as a merged gastropub.
The Mountain View City Council has not yet sanctioned the office project, and the proposal already faces some hurdles. City staff note that both restaurants are located in historic buildings that are supposed to be protected and preserved. Elected leaders could allow the structures to be demolished. Or city staff suggests a better option might be to relocate the historic buildings to a new site. This would be complicated and costly, but the staff report notes that these problems would mostly be the responsibility of the developer. They say the buildings could be reused as affordable housing, classrooms or for other public uses.
The Mountain View City Council will discuss the project in a study session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Plaza Conference Room at 500 Castro St. An agenda of the meeting can be found here.