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Eating Out - September 13, 2019

Comings and goings

The Peninsula restaurants that opened and closed over the summer

by Elena Kadvany

Summer saw a flurry of closures and arrivals on the Peninsula. While local diners mourned the departure of Palo Alto bakery stalwart Prolific Oven, Portola Valley regained an institution with the reopening of the historic Alpine Inn. Other local cities now have new, exciting options for sweets, coffee and cocktails, with more on their way this fall.

Read on to catch up on what opened and closed this summer.

Mountain View

Silicon Valley references abound at Fairchilds Public House, the Peninsula's newest hotel-restaurant inside the Hyatt at 409 San Antonio Road. The restaurant uses as decor interactive QR codes, old Atari game cartridges and the periodic table symbol for silicon; cocktails have names like "the gigabit" and "encryption margarita."

Mountain View this summer also got its own Ike's, the Bay Area cult favorite sandwich shop, at 1020 N. Rengstorff Ave., Suite F. Exclusive to this location is a new, cheekily named roast beef sandwich: "Larry Page & I Have The Same Birthday, So Basically I Invented Google Too."

Taiwanese shaved snow, milk tea and baked goods are on the menu at the newly opened Oh! Honey Snow Ice at 1030 Castro St. Suite A, next to Le's Alterations at the Elan building. Look for several flavors of shaved snow, including strawberry, mango, banana-Oreo, dragonfruit and taro, plus cream-filled choux pastries, madeleines and cookies shaped like ice cream scoops.

Los Altos

Australian-inspired cafe chain Bluestone Lane opened its first sit-down Bay Area location at 288 1st St., the historic train station that last housed Voyageur du Temps. There's avocado toast, vegemite, flat whites, "wellness" spritzes and plenty of beachy Australian vibes.

After losing Honcho Bar, Los Altos gained a new watering hole this summer: Amandine Project, a Japanese-style cocktail bar at 235 1st St. Jean-Luc Kayigire, a Los Altos resident and former bar and restaurant owner, opened the bar to encourage Los Altans to spend more time in Los Altos proper rather than going to neighboring cities for quality drinks.

Palo Alto

This year will go down as the year Palo Alto lost two of its longer-standing food businesses, The Prolific Oven and Round Table Pizza. The beloved Waverley Street bakery closed in August after 39 years due to a "severe" labor shortage and increasing cost of doing business in the Bay Area, the owner said (but not before people overwhelmed the bakery with last-minute cake orders). Round Table, which one diner called "one of the last bastions for blue collar lunch" in downtown Palo Alto, also shuttered. Also in August, Italian wine shop Biondivino closed after four years at Town & Country Village.

Meanwhile, Palo Alto got several new food and drink options this summer. Morsey's Creamery, a spinoff concept from the owners of Morsey's Farmhouse in Los Altos, is now scooping ultra-creamy gelato made from buffalo milk at 125 University Ave. Stanford Shopping Center got a new caffeine option in Blue Bottle Coffee, serving drip coffee and espresso drinks plus li

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