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Molly Alexander, owner of Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, dies at 93

Amelia "Molly" Alexander, for years the proprietress of the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, was until a few years ago a familiar face to regular customers as they placed orders for burgers, fries and other gastronomic gratifications common to popular roadhouses.

Ms. Alexander died of heart failure on June 20 in a nursing home, her daughter Geri Alexander said. She was 93.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Saint William Catholic Church in Los Altos at 611 El Monte Ave., with a reception to follow, relatives said.

Ms. Alexander was a native of Phoenix. She married John Alexander in 1951 and the couple raised five children.

In a partnership with Don Horther, Mr. Alexander bought what was then called Rossotti's in 1956 at 3915 Alpine Road and renamed it the "Alpine Inn Beer Garden," according to Palo Alto historian Steve Staiger.

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After Mr. Alexander died in 1994, Ms. Alexander assumed control of the inn in her husband's honor, Vicki Alexander said. "Both she and John were well known and loved by many customers," Vicki said. "Her spunky spirit and smile will be missed by family and friends."

Ms. Alexander had her own career that included work at MEC and Sylvania, Vicki said.

Ms. Alexander is survived by daughters Maxine, Geri and Leslie; son Norman; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

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Molly Alexander, owner of Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, dies at 93

Uploaded: Tue, Jun 27, 2017, 8:57 am

Amelia "Molly" Alexander, for years the proprietress of the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, was until a few years ago a familiar face to regular customers as they placed orders for burgers, fries and other gastronomic gratifications common to popular roadhouses.

Ms. Alexander died of heart failure on June 20 in a nursing home, her daughter Geri Alexander said. She was 93.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Saint William Catholic Church in Los Altos at 611 El Monte Ave., with a reception to follow, relatives said.

Ms. Alexander was a native of Phoenix. She married John Alexander in 1951 and the couple raised five children.

In a partnership with Don Horther, Mr. Alexander bought what was then called Rossotti's in 1956 at 3915 Alpine Road and renamed it the "Alpine Inn Beer Garden," according to Palo Alto historian Steve Staiger.

After Mr. Alexander died in 1994, Ms. Alexander assumed control of the inn in her husband's honor, Vicki Alexander said. "Both she and John were well known and loved by many customers," Vicki said. "Her spunky spirit and smile will be missed by family and friends."

Ms. Alexander had her own career that included work at MEC and Sylvania, Vicki said.

Ms. Alexander is survived by daughters Maxine, Geri and Leslie; son Norman; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

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local
Portola Valley: other
on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm
local, Portola Valley: other
on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm
1 person likes this

Change comes exceptionally slow to PV and I wouldn't expect any sweeping changes to this local and regional institution. (It's also registered as a state historical monument)


Dagwood
Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm
Dagwood, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm
3 people like this

And of course Risotti's is known and will be known as Zott's. Thank you Molly for keeping a great institution going for so many years, and for the great burgers, fries and beer.


Honor the past
Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jun 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm
Honor the past, Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jun 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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The old guard at Zott's is leaving us. Molly was part of the wonderful ambiance of this watering hole and she has been missed for some time now. With all the changes on the Peninsula, let's hope we won't see this land sold. Take the family and sit in the garden with your lunch. Birds will eat shelled peanuts out of your hand. Dogs are welcomed. People are friendly. I recall my first visit in 1962. Nothing has changed except veggie burgers were added to the menu.
So long Molly.


Doug hancock
Portola Valley: other
on Jun 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Doug hancock, Portola Valley: other
on Jun 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm
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My older brother got a job pouring beer at Zotts while at Stanford. After a few months he asked the owner for a celebration..as he had just turned 21 !


Long time resident
Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm
Long time resident, Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm
9 people like this

Our condolences to the Alexander family!
Alpine Inn, formerly Rossotti's, is a gem that has given lots of locals and others on the Mid-Peninsula many good memories of times passed with friends in the relaxed country setting of this significant landmark. We hope that it can continue to thrive and prosper and that management will now address the accumulation of deferred maintenance from over the years. Because of its historical designation, it shouldn't change its appearance or character however it can use some light structural support and freshening up so that it doesn't continue to deteriorate. It has often been said that it needs a little more tender loving care and attention to operational details. The quality of the pub fare could stand a little tweaking too. We'd love to see the building receive the proper care that it deserves so that it remains a safe and fun place to enjoy for years and years to come!


Laura Stec
Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jun 30, 2017 at 7:56 am
Laura Stec, Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jun 30, 2017 at 7:56 am
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Thank you Molly for such a wonderful place to eat, drink and write in the sun. I have enjoyed the backyard at Rossotti's so much, and appreciate the community of people that go there. Many weeks of The Food Party! have been inspired by this special space. Long Live Molly!


Jack Cardwell
Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jul 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm
Jack Cardwell, Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jul 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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Millet raised my rent many times but I still got free burgers for cleaning up
The back yard!


Bonnie Mccoy
another community
on Jul 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm
Bonnie Mccoy, another community
on Jul 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm
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Awwww, I loved talking to Molly and her daughter while "working remotely". I'll miss the debate on technology...as they wrote my order in pen and paper and even had an old fashion cash register. I'm not sure if Alpine Inn will ever be the same but, I am going to miss one of our best local legends and personal favorite! So Molly, cheers to you and the love you spread. The angels have taken you to heaven and until the day comes, just save a place for me!


Jean Erreca
Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm
Jean Erreca, Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm
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Long live Rosotti's, Zotts, The Alpine Inn. My home away from home for many years. I was a bartender in 1962 and 63. Rest in peace Molly, John and Don. Jean Erreca


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