Woodside Bakery leave-by date extended to mid-March, for now


For now, the popular Woodside Bakery & Cafe at 3052 Woodside Road has until March 15 before the gas pilot lights of its stove tops dim and go dark.

A mid-March deadline represents a two-month extension on the original demand from the Roberts family that, according to restaurant co-owners Mark and Jan Sweyer, required them to vacate the premises by Jan. 15.

The restaurant and bakery may stay open beyond March 15, or it may close before that day comes if the Sweyers choose not to remain open, said property co-owner Christine Roberts. The Roberts family owns the Roberts Market supermarkets in Woodside and Portola Valley as well as the complex of shops and restaurants at the northwest corner of Woodside and Canada roads.

A new tenant is making plans for moving into the bakery site, Ms. Roberts said. While the tenant's name is not being disclosed at this point, the business model is: a bakery and cafe combination, an echo of the Sweyers' layout. A formal announcement will come after the necessary legal steps and permit acquisitions are complete, she said.

Ms. Roberts said she is open to talking with the public about the change. "People are welcome to call me," she said. "I think a lot of people are concerned that we are not going keep the concept the same. We're keeping very much the same concept. ... The community is going to be very happy with the new tenant."

The March 15 date is not set in stone. "It's a very fluid situation," Ms. Roberts said. "We're trying (for) as little down time as possible for the community. There's a lot of balls in the air."

Asked to confirm the March 15 date, Mr. Sweyer said he had no comment. The Sweyers have said they are actively looking for a new home for the restaurant, and are in the late stages of setting up a wholesale bakery in the M2 industrial zone on Constitution Drive in eastern Menlo Park.

"If we have more time for them, they will get it," Ms. Roberts said. "We're trying to give them as much time as we can and (as circumstances) will allow. ... We just don't know what's going to happen. I don't know what (the Sweyers) are going to do. If the time is there, they can stay. Right now, the time is March 15."

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30 people like this
Posted by MP parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Dear Sweyers - Please consider a move to downtown Menlo Park. We would love to have you!

7 people like this
Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:12 pm

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The Sweyers are badly needed in downtown Menlo Park.

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Posted by Enormous fan of Woodside Bakery and Cafe
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Your article quotes Ms. Roberts as saying, "People are welcome to call me" but does not give her phone number. Would you be able to provide that?

Woodside Cafe is our family's regular restaurant and absolute favorite, including being the steadfast favorite of our son. We go there regularly, have our favorite tables both inside and out, and absolutely love the food, the atmosphere, and the staff--as well as running into friends there. For us it is the site of all celebrations, big and small, including our son's graduation from high school. We wouldn't have it any other way.

So you can imagine how devastated we are that that Woodside Bakery and Cafe is being required to leave. It is truly a neighborhood gathering spot for Portola Valley and Woodside, and we strongly wish it could remain so.

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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm

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I reached Ms. Roberts at the main number for the Woodside location of Roberts Market: 851-1511

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Posted by Dana Hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

The Woodside Bakery would be a wonderful addition to downtown Menlo Park especially if it had sidewalk seating. Please contact our business development manager.

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Posted by Donna McArthur
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Our Los Altos Main Street café/bakery is closing and we would whole heartedly welcome a similar replacement.

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