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By Elena Kadvany

Fambrini's Cafe to reopen in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Jul 24, 2017

Palo Alto's Fambrini's Cafe, which left its longtime location in April due to an impending redevelopment of the El Camino Real building, is reopening just steps away this week.

Fambrini's will open on Wednesday, July 26, at 2500 El Camino Real, the site of a new affordable housing complex called Mayfield Place. The building officially opened in June.

The new Fambrini's space, above, is next door to its longtime El Camino Real location. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Fambrini's, which has served sandwiches, salads and other lunch fare since 1993, will reopen with the same menu but with some additions, co-owners Nick Penchev and Galia Raeva wrote in an email. Look out for new breakfast options like a steak and egg sandwich made with grilled tri tip and a homemade "jerknaisse" sauce on ciabatta and a smoked salmon plate with an everything bagel, cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, capers, egg and dill.

Fambrini's will also now serve "healthy bowls," the owners said, like a spicy sesame bento bowl with quinoa, kale, cilantro, cabbage, red peppers, snow peas, portobello mushrooms and broccoli in a soy-ginger sauce or a curry bowl with roasted vegetables, chicken, brown rice, ginger, garlic and coconut milk.

Check out the menu here.

Fambrini's co-owner Nikolay Penchev, left, serves customers at the cafe's former location in 2016. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.

One of Fambrini's draws at its former location was a large rooftop terrace. The new space will still have al fresco dining with a ground-floor patio that can seat about 85 people.

The new Fambrini's will be initially open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Down the line, Penchev and Raeva said they plan to stay open later (until 8 or 9 p.m.) and on weekends.