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Ladera community rallies to save pizza place

Original post made on Sep 29, 2011

After 24 years of serving pizza in Ladera, Round Table restaurant in the Alpine Road shopping center could be closed as soon as this weekend.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 29, 2011, 11:38 AM

Comments (3)

Posted by Pizza lover!!!, a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Sep 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

OK - so you realize this is just the beginning. You actually have to PURCHASE the pizza too. We are regulars there and were sad to hear Jim was closing the parlor. But the bandaid of $4500 will be of no value (except to save Mr. Meola's credit) if you do not frequent the restaurant! If you are making your coffee at home, for example, do you think Konditorei will keep their doors open? How is that extra $20 per week doing to help out? By all means, if your circumstance hasn't changed, neither should your spending.

Best of luck to ALL the Mom & Pop shops trying to keep their staff employed and their communities served!

Posted by Lulu, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

Has meeting payroll also been a problem? Rent is one budget item, but ensuring the employees are paid on time and with sufficient funds is also important.

Posted by Angela Hey, a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Sep 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

This is a good place to help Mr Meola with ideas to keep the pizza place open. The best thing is to support it. Here are some ideas, although I really don't have any great ones for a pizza cafe so I threw out a few questions to stimulate some thinking:
1. If you have a great pizza there tweet to your friends and invite them along.
2. If you want it to stay open take your friends there.
3. If you don't want such high carbs choose salad from the salad bar.

Can the landlord can reduce the rent by say 10%?

Would Round Table attract more people if it had new paint or rearranged seating inside (so it's not so draughty)?

Would it have more customers if it were not a Round Table pizza store, but instead had gourmet pizzas with different toppings? Is this feasible?

Who would buy pizzas in bulk? Trail repairers??

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