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By Elena Kadvany

Los Altos' Main Street Cafe to close

Uploaded: Jan 18, 2016

Main Street Cafe, a community fixture in downtown Los Altos for the last decade, will be closing at the end of the month.

Owner Jamie Tomaselli confirmed the closure last week but would not comment further, and did not return additional requests for comment.

Paul Nyberg, owner of the building at 134 Main St. with his wife Liz, said that he decided to not renew Tomaselli's 10-year lease, which expires on Jan. 31. Paul is also the publisher of local newspaper the Los Altos Town Crier. The Nybergs bought the Town Crier in 1993 and, two years later, the building it occupies.

Nyberg said that Main Street Cafe wasn’t "very profitable" and another, "better" option for a restaurant tenant in that space has presented itself. He would not identify the restaurant.

In the wake of the news of the cafe's closure, a community group wrote a petition urging the Nybergs to keep the cafe under its current ownership, according to an article in the Town Crier.

"It would just not be the same, especially given the 'new age,' nontraditional establishments that seem to be replacing those with the traditional 'village’ feel,'" reads the letter, signed by 28 area residents who meet on Saturdays to discuss cars, according to the Town Crier.

Customers have lunch at Main Street Cafe in Los Altos in 2012. The walls are covered with local art work that rotates each month. Photo by Michelle Le.

Sleepy Los Altos has seen several major food-eatery openings in the last year or so, from upscale American comfort-food restaurant Turn Bar + Grill and the second outpost of Half Moon Bay favorite Cetrella to artisan, small-batch ice cream shop Tin Pot Creamery and craft wine-and-beer lounge Honcho Bar. News also recently broke that Manresa Bread, the popular bakery spinoff of David Kinch’s celebrated Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, will open a second location in downtown Los Altos
in 2016.

A 2012 Mountain View Voice feature on Main Street Cafe compared dining there to “dropping in at a neighbor's house, more about the friendliness than the food.” The cafe displayed and sold local art, stocked a small collection of books for sale and hosted community events like the Los Altos Police Department’s first-ever “Coffee with a Cop” event.