GC's Tasting Cafe and Specialty Market, located at 657 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park, is closing Friday, June 18, according to the owners. The store, which featured wine and cheese tastings as well as a large selection of mostly California wines, opened in September 2008.
In a farewell letter to customers, the owners said: "Like many other establishments and businesses over the last two years, GC was hurt by the economic meltdown that started only two weeks before we had our Grand Opening. Only with your wonderful support were we able to stay open for as long as we did."
Co-owners of the establishment were brothers-in-law Carl Rabe, Gerrard Culas and Bruce Tomlinson.
The store has greatly reduced its prices to reduce inventory before closing.
GC's Cafe is located in combined spaces formerly occupied by Cindy's Flowers and Menlo Colonial Chapel.
● New market cafe features cheese and wine tasting (August 6, 2008).