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Truckee cafe to expand to Menlo Park

Uploaded: Sep 20, 2017
The owner of a string of cafes in the Tahoe area is expanding to the Midpeninsula with a new outpost in Menlo Park.

Greg Buchheister, a native of Colorado, opened the first Coffeebar in Truckee in 2010, and has since added three more: a bakery-cafe in Truckee and two cafes in Squaw Valley and Reno, Nevada.

What brought him to Menlo Park? His business partner attended Stanford University and worked in the area for many years, and convinced Buchheister to bring a Coffeebar to Menlo Park. The project has been in the works for about two years, Buchheister said.

Buchheister eventually found a home for Coffeebar at 1149 Chestnut St., which formerly housed Nak's Oriental Market and Absolutely Nails. The space is currently being remodeled, but Buchheister hopes to be open by December.

A photo of the in-progress home of Coffeebar on Chestnut Street in downtown Menlo Park, posted on the company's Instagram.

Buchheister describes Coffeebar as an all-day "Italian cafe concept," with items like espresso and pastries available in the mornings, healthy dishes for lunch and snacks, wine and beer for late afternoons and evenings.

"If you want to have a chai and someone wants to have a beer, you can go to the same place," he said. "It's got that Italian feel and menu and Italian-style coffee."

Coffeebar's pastries and desserts are baked daily, and the cafe roasts carefully sourced coffee beans in house. (They use "C1 Grade" coffees, "the highest level of industry designation in the coffee business," according to the Coffeebar website. Read more about their coffee offerings and philosophy here.)

The cafe also sources dairy products and produce from local farms, and will do the same in Menlo Park. The Truckee menu includes items like breakfast burritos, avocado toast, a quinoa bowl, sandwiches and a charcuterie board.

"We basically do a farm to table menu," Buchheister said. "We make everything from scratch. … we really try to walk the walk when it comes to that stuff."

Buchheister grew up in Colorado, where he worked in an Italian restaurant and got involved in the coffee industry. He moved to Truckee in 2010 and opened the first Coffeebar there. He described the company as "scrappy" and coming from "humble beginnings" — he said he had $100 left in his bank account when he opened the first cafe.

Buchheister said he hopes to bring something "new" and "progressive" to Menlo Park.

"There are a lot of people that don't want to go to Palo Alto to get coffee or to stand for 20 minutes in line somewhere to get coffee," he said. "The goal would be to provide them something in their community where they don't have to go outside of it to be served."

You can follow Coffeebar Menlo's progress on Instagram.
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Posted by Colorado and Tahoe go home, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

Why do these transplants from CO and the Tahoe area keep coming here to the Bay Area? They're driving up rents so locals who grew up here can't find any place for themselves.
It was bad enough when all the Oregonians piled down here for the tech boom. Locals only! New people in an area are to blame for all problems!

Posted by Dagwood, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park,
on Sep 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

This is potentially a great location for a coffee bar. Quiet with good street space for outdoor seating. Good luck!

Posted by Former MV Resident, a resident of Waverly Park,
on Sep 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

I suggest the original person making a comment check his/her facts. Now living in Colorado from MV I can assure you there are plenty more CA folks headed my way than head to your part of the country.

Speaking with facts - see this link.
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Posted by chris, a resident of another community,
on Sep 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

I do hope they include a nice dry cider on their menu (not on the menu to which the article links).

Posted by Gary's Old Towne Tavern, a resident of another community,
on Sep 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm

It appears that Former MV Resident and others do not recognize sarcasm.

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