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."