LB Steak May Get Outdoor Seating

Menlo Park's new steakhouse is negotiating details with the city's planning department.

In the next seven days, Thomas Bunker finds out whether he can install tables and chairs outside the new in Menlo Park.

Bunker is the Chief Operations Officer for the and in Menlo Park. He’s been working with city staff since the beginning of the year to obtain a permit that would allow him to place outdoor seating areas outside of the new restaurant that opened last week at 898 Santa Cruz Avenue. The goal is to enable diners to meat up and feast in the open air. 

When we spoke outside of the restaurant, Bunker seemed frustrated by the amount of paperwork required to make this happen.

“It’s been a lugubrious process,” Bunker said. The tables and chairs he ordered months ago are sitting in a storage space until city officials greenlight the permit, he said. 

If his permit is approved, he plans to install seating areas that “hug” the side of the building. They will be placed on the sidewalks of both Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, with wrought iron bars separating the seating from the sidewalk. The style of the chairs will be very similar to the ones that are outside of the Left Bank Brasserie up the road. 

Look at the photos attached to these words to see what style the restaurant chain favors. 

Does Menlo Park need more places where people can sit and eat outdoors? 

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James Clendenin July 02, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Why is it even a question? Menlo Park has great weather. People in much of the world including places with terrible weather love to eat outdoors. Why does the City make it so hard to have outdoor seating? Is there a better way to boost Menlo Dark?
Vanessa Castañeda July 02, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Business owners have told me that Menlo Park is renowned for having many stipulations that encumber growth. Menlo Dark? Is that the new counter culture name for Menlo?
MP Resident and business employee July 02, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Menlo Park is business and resident backward. They do the most rediculous things -- such as the pin-ball like mess they made of Santa Cruz Avenue several years back at HUGE expense and then had to tear it up at another huge expense). Now they want to take out parking spaces. Who approves this stuff -- not the majority of the residents and business owners, that is for damn sure. Outside seating is great for business and the diners. What is wrong with these decision makers -- other than the desire to feed their egos with ludicrous plans and unnecessary rules and regulations that only hurt the core of the city. Perhaps they pay for all their mistakes with the myriad parking tickets handed out to shoppers, residents and employees who keep this city going.
Vanessa Castañeda July 02, 2012 at 07:46 PM
That reminds me that I need to pay for my latest parking ticket. Thank you. What was this "pin-ball like mess?" (I moved to the Bay Area in 2009.)


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