"We would have loved to stay in Mountain View," he said. But, even though he wishes he could have stayed in Mountain View — where he has lived for more than 20 years — he noted that the new location is "right across the street from Mountain View."
Bubert bought the business from its former owner in 1978. After a Jan. 23 fire at Dittmer's on San Antonio Road, the family-owned business made plans to move to a bigger location in Mountain View. Those plans fell through, in part because the meat-smoking he does on the premises might have disturbed the people living in homes nearby, so Bubert said he decided to jump on the Los Altos site.
The 75-year-old Bubert said he plans to do things exactly how he has always done them at the new location, which is about twice the size of the old Dittmer's. The larger building — which formerly housed a Wells Fargo bank branch — will be nice for employees and for customers, Bubert said. He said he is excited and hopeful that he may be able to improve service with the extra space.
When Dittmer's does reopen, possibly as soon as April, regular customers are likely to recognize some familiar faces. Bubert said the insurance from the fire allowed him to keep several employees on the payroll while he searched for a new location.
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