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Menlo Park: BBC acquires new proprietor

Local restaurateur to reopen historic Menlo Park club

It may take a year to reopen the landmark British Bankers Club in Menlo Park, but those longing for its return can feel optimistic, despite yet another change in ownership, given the new proprietor's track record.

Rob Fischer, who owns the Palo Alto Creamery along with Reposado and, in Mountain View, Gravity and Scratch, has added the BBC to his roster.

He said it will take at least a year, however, to bring the building up to code, including seismic upgrades. Renovation is a process he's familiar with; after taking over the Creamery in 1988, he gutted that restaurant to rebuild from the ground up.

Mr. Fischer declined to comment further on his plans for the BBC.

The building at 1090 El Camino Real housed Menlo Park's administrative and police departments before becoming the BBC. In more recent years the rowdy restaurant gained a checkered history after a busboy and a cook were arrested for sexually assaulting two women in an upstairs room at the club in 2010. Both pleaded guilty to related charges.

Former owners Lance White and Richard Eldridge initially said the BBC had shut down for remodeling in January 2012, but eventually announced online that it would stay closed.

A few months later social media executive Owen Van Natta took a stab at reopening the club, only to walk away after deciding his plan wasn't financially viable.

Landlord Dennis Grimsman, who owns the building, told the Almanac he's glad to have a tenant again.

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Posted by Charlotte
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

We are SO DELIGHTED that Mr Fischer has taken this project on. We've been loyal patrons of the Creamery for years and have loved watching the roster grow -- I can't believe our good fortune that we'll soon be able to walk to a Fischer establishment! Thank you!!


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Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Does this mean the Knickerbocker will be coming back too?


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