ners of two West Menlo Park institutions -- the Dutch Goose restaurant on Alameda de las Pulgas at Avy Avenue, and the Animal Doctors veterinary clinic nearby on Avy -- deny reports that their businesses are about to close.
People have contacted the Almanac saying they heard the Beltramo family, which owns the properties, may replace the two businesses with offices or apartments.
Dan Beltramo said his family has no firm plans for the Animal Doctors site and wants the Dutch Goose to stay in operation. "We hope the Dutch Goose will stay a long time," he said.
The casual eatery is a popular place, particularly for young people and families, to get a burger and a beer, play pool and listen to the jukebox.
Mr. Beltramo, who noted that he frequently eats there himself, said some renovations may be made to the Dutch Goose, but he did not want to say what they may be.
The lease on the Dutch Goose at 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas expires in June, said owner Tom Moroney, and he anticipates it will be renewed. "I think we'll be getting a new lease -- we're not leaving," he said.
The lease on the Animal Doctors at 2061 Avy Ave. was put on a month-to-month basis a year ago, said Diederik Lagerwerff, who owns the 24-year-old veterinary clinic. He said he panicked when that happened, and began looking for a new site, but found local rents too high.
He said to retire he will eventually have to sell his practice with a long-term lease.
For now, he said, "I've no intention of closing my business or going anywhere."
Although he said that he is not actively looking for a new location, he does keep a sign in his waiting room that reads "The Animal Doctors Need A New Home. Help!"
The Dutch Goose has been in business for 35 years. Mr. Moroney, who has owned it for 23 years, said that rumors of his closing have so often been repeated that he posted a sign for his employees to assure them he is staying in business.
"Why would I be closing?" he asked, noting that customers usually have to wait in line to order lunch. Customers range from business and blue collar workers to families and Stanford University students.
Both the Dutch Goose and the Animal Doctors attract a loyal clientele. Dr. Lagerwerff said that many of his clients have been bringing their animals to him since the clinic opened, and he has become friends with them over the years. Mr. Moroney noted that some of his customers have been patronizing the Dutch Goose longer than he's owned it.