The 452 University Ave. burger eatery "closed due lease expiration," a PR representative said. A sign in the window said the closure was effective Feb. 7.
The now-closed Umami Burger in Palo Alto. Photo by Michelle Le.
The Los Angeles-born burger chain expanded to Palo Alto in March 2013. Just five weeks after opening, Palo Alto came in as the third-highest-grossing Umami Burger location out of 14 other restaurants.
The burger competition has heated up in Palo Alto since then, with the opening of Gott's Roadside at Town & Country in 2013, Wahlburger's down the street in 2017 and Shake Shack at Stanford Shopping Center last year — not to mention the meteoric rise of the plant-based Impossible burger from Impossible Meats in Redwood City, which Umami served.
Two Umami Burgers remain in the Bay Area, in San Francisco and Oakland. A second San Francisco location closed last year. All but one New York City location also closed last year.