This handwritten message appeared in the restaurant's front door last week:
The city's Architectural Review Board approved in January 2014 a 9,571 square-foot, three-story building for the site with financial services on the ground floor, offices on the second floor and residential units on the third. It will replace the one-story building that housed R&B Seafood and Peninsula Locksmith.
A rendering of the planned three-story mixed-use development for 2209 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Courtesy City of Palo Alto.
The city planner for this project, Margaret Netto, said Tuesday that no drawings have been submitted for the development yet, but she "assume(s) it''s moving forward."
Netto said the project, approved more than a year ago, likely won't fall under the city's new "urgency ordinance," which the City Council passed in May to protect retail by prohibiting the conversion of ground-floor retail to offices.
R & B Seafood opened in 2009. A few fans of the neighborhood spot turned to Yelp last week to lament its closure:
"My most favorite sweet and sour pork place is sadly closed," Jeffrey T. wrote. "RIP R&B."