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By Elena Kadvany

Sol family takes over Szechwan Cafe on California Avenue

Uploaded: May 3, 2016

The Sol family — the owners of Palo Alto Sol in Palo Alto, Vive Sol in Mountain View and Quinto Sol in Redwood City — have taken over a space next-door to their Palo Alto restaurant, with plans to open "one of the most beautiful bars in the area," Hector Sol said Monday.

Sol recently signed the lease for 406 California Ave., the former longtime home of Szechwan Cafe. The Chinese restaurant, which opened more than 20 years ago, suddenly shuttered in late April.

Palo Alto Sol operates right next-door at 408 California Ave. Sol said that while the family's original idea was to expand the restaurant, they're now planning to open a separate bar that will serve Latin-fusion appetizers.

Above: Palo Alto Sol's California Avenue location. Palo Alto Weekly file photo.

The concept is still in the very early stages — there is no name or menu for it yet, Sol said— so stay tuned for more details.

Hector and his wife Helena have long run the Palo Alto and Mountain View Mexican restaurants. They opened the downtown Redwood City location in April 2013. All three restaurants serve Poblana cuisine, or food from the central Mexican city of Puebla.

Palo Alto Sol took home best Mexican restaurant in the Palo Alto Weekly’s 2015 Best Of contest.