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?