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Madame Tam Asian Bistro shutters in downtown Palo Alto

Uploaded: Jul 30, 2015
Madame Tam Asian Bistro closed at the end of last month after five years of operation on University Avenue in Palo Alto.

Ringo Le, son of owner Tam Minh Le, said his mother decided to shutter the Asian-fusion restaurant in the wake of his father's death last year.

"Though she loves the restaurant industry, the loss took a toll on our mother, Tam Le, and she was no longer in the right mindset to handle the daily demands of a full service restaurant," Ringo said.

Ringo's mother opened her restaurant at 320 University Ave. in 2010, soon thereafter laying claim to the space next door (322 University) as well.

Ringo said his mother will take a "one-year sabbatical" with plans to turn her experience running a restaurant in Palo Alto into a film about the local industry. (Ringo himself is a screenwriter, and said imparting some of his professional knowledge to his mother for her own project has been a part of her healing process.)

After her husband's death, Tam also became a vegetarian, and hopes to reopen a vegetarian restaurant in Palo Alto "when the time feels right," Ringo said.
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Posted by Anon E Mous, a resident of Stanford,
on Jul 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Any idea what's going to move in to that space now?


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Posted by Elena Kadvany, education reporter of the Palo Alto Weekly,
on Jul 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Elena Kadvany is a registered user.

Anon E Mous: Not yet, but I'll post something as soon as I find out.


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Posted by neighborly, a resident of Midtown,
on Aug 6, 2015 at 9:32 am

Why didn't you note that they did not pass health department's code? The restaurant served my to go meal with cock roach on it!!! Not a great loss really.


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Posted by Anon, a resident of Palo Alto Hills,
on Aug 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

I saw a new liquor license proposal on there but wasn't sure what the owning company was. Definitely not going to miss that place as the son was greatly unprofessional.


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Posted by neighbor, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

it's a Korean focus restaurant drinkwell. Sounds fab and can't wait


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