Menlo Park: Woodside Bakery & Cafe reopens -- in Sharon Heights


The Woodside Bakery & Cafe -- the bakery element, anyway -- opened for business today (Thursday, Sept. 1) at the Sharon Heights Shopping Center at 325 Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park.

The sign over the shop, which is located near the Safeway supermarket, reads Martha's Pastries for now, but the goods on the inside are now mostly from the bakery of Mark Sweyer and his sister Jan Sweyer, Ms. Sweyer told the Almanac.

After remodeling the interior of the Sharon Heights shop, the Sweyers plan to open the cafe near the start of the new year, Ms. Sweyer said.

The Sweyers saved the lighting fixtures and photos from their former location in Woodside to install them in the Sharon Heights location, she said. The menu, too, will feature some old favorites, including Penne Sylvia.

The Sweyers are buying the Martha's Pastries business from Martha Merz, who is retiring after 28 years, according to Ms. Sweyer.

The original Woodside Bakery & Cafe closed its doors at 3052 Woodside Road in March 2016. The owners of that property, the Roberts family, had issued an order in late 2015 requiring the Sweyers to vacate the premises. Customers marked the closing with a farewell party at the restaurant.

"How really excited we are to have found a place so close to home," Ms. Sweyer said of the Sharon Heights location. Customers from the old place have been "so supportive" during the search for a new location, she said. "We found a place where we can all be together again. Yay!"

Available for purchase in the bakery alongside the Bakery's traditional croissants, Danish pastries, cakes, pies and Parisian macarons are some of Martha Merz's most popular items, such as challah, cinnamon bread, tarts and cookies, including Palmier puff pastry, Ms. Sweyer said. Ms. Merz has agreed to share her recipes for these items, Ms. Sweyer said.

Preparing the pastries at a temporary location in Redwood City is the Bakery's longtime Pastry Chef Jesus Mendoza, who's been with the operation for 22 years, Ms. Sweyer said.

The Sweyers are about one month away from transferring their baking operations to their own wholesale bakery on Constitution Drive in the M2 light industrial zone of Menlo Park east of U.S. 101, Ms. Sweyer said.


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9 people like this
Posted by Mary
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

It's nice to see a neighborhood business bounce back.
Looking forward to enjoying your treats and coffee.
Best of luck, Mark

4 people like this
Posted by Patricia Arthur
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Sep 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

MY FAVORITE place-even closer than before!!!!!!!Good people deserve GOOD LUCK!!!!

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Posted by pv food lover
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

pv food lover is a registered user.

Fantastic news! We are delighted that Woodside Bakery's wonderful treats will still be available so close by! We have especially missed the delicious, crunchy chocolate chip cookies! And we look forward to the opening of the Cafe. We hope they have room for that. It was one of our favorite places to get a casual meal out. We need a restaurant like the Woodside Cafe in the area and it will certainly be very popular.

We will miss Martha's Bakery, but we are glad she found a way to go out of business when she wanted to while passing her terrific recipes on to the Woodside Bakery. We love her challah--especially her sugar/candy coated challah for the Jewish New Year--and we look forward to being able to get it at the Woodside Bakery.

Good news all around!

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Posted by cowgirl in the city
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Sep 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm

So wonderful to read some happy yummy news!! Sharon Heights just improved about 110%!! Great news all around. :)

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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Sounds like Woodside loss, Menlo Parks gain. I will have to try the bakery and the Café when it opens.

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Posted by Martha's Fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

The Woodside Bakery needs to get the recipe for the Pecan Sticky Buns from Martha. That is the métier of all sticky buns. A ton of butter, generous pecans and a chewiness that is incredible. They are m0re addictive than crack cocaine.

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Posted by kimmy
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Thank you ,Martha, for all the years of wonderful goodies and for Polly's famous bday cake!! And Welcome, Woodside Bakery!!

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Posted by Kim
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Sep 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

SO happy to hear this and excited as I am in that area when I shop at Safeway.
Happy Days!

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Posted by Heide
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Yeah, such wonderful news, I've missed you so much.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Sep 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm


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Posted by Katie
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

When one door closes another one opens. What a winner for Sharon Heights!!!
Perfect place for the biking crowd to recharge.

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Posted by Calypso41
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2016 at 4:03 pm

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Great news.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Please tell me that you will have your Gluten Free muffins!! I have been missing them.

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Posted by Adam
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm


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Posted by Ellen
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm

So glad you are now just a hop, skip away. We spoiled our girls with your pizza. They tell us it is the best pizza EVER! Welcome back! See you soon.

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Posted by Danny N
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Glad to hear the great news for Woodside bakery.We miss going to their spot in Woodside. Haven't set foot in Robert's since reading about that eviction. Congrats to the Sweyers

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Sep 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Great. Now all we need is to get the actual restaurant opened too... Miss those pot pies...

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Posted by Safeway
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 6, 2016 at 10:12 am

Mark took the high road, and was heart sick when they kicked him out. To support Mark we will be shopping at Safeway right next to his new place. They kicked him out, and jacked up the rent with the new people. It is my understanding they will be paying 23,000 a month.

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Posted by Laura Stec
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Sep 10, 2016 at 11:25 am

Does anyone know hold to call the bakery? The last number doesn't get through or take messages.


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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Sep 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm

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The phone number is 650-854-6207, per co-owner Jan Sweyer.

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Posted by Woodside Bakery
a resident of Woodside School
on Mar 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

To Our Dear Woodside Bakery Customers

Today, March 15, marks one year since our Farewell Celebration from Woodside. Hard to believe isn’t it? And how we have missed you one and all!

The wait is over…..

We are so happy to announce that we have landed in our new home in Sharon Heights Shopping Center, off Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. We were able to take over an existing, well-loved bakery that has served the community for over 60 years. And, if you can believe this – the prior owner of 28 years, Martha, had her first baking job and received her training at the Woodside Bakery, from Doug Bassegio, in 1983. It’s almost as if this was “meant to be”. As Martha said – the circle is now complete. We will be transitioning into a full café and bakery, serving breakfast and lunch, over the next year. In the meantime, our bakery is open for your enjoyment Monday thru Friday 6:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday 7:30am to 5:30pm, Closed on Sundays.

Come on in to enjoy all your old favorites and a few new ones, as we have taken “the best of” ours and Martha’s to create an awesome array of pastry selections.

We are proud to feature VERVE coffee from Santa Cruz as our brewed and espresso coffees. Also featuring Teapig silk sachet teas.

Don’t forget -- you can send an e-gift by going onto our website and clicking on the YIFTEE icon. It’s that easy!

Look forward to seeing you real soon!

Jan and Mark Sweyer
Woodside Bakery & Café
325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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on Mar 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm

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