New Salvadoran and Mexican taqueria planned for Menlo Park


Plans to transform the former Applewood 2-Go pizza site in Menlo Park into a taqueria that would serve Salvadoran and Mexican food will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Monday, July 17.

Applewood 2-Go closed in May 2016.

The new restaurant, located at 989 El Camino Real, would be operated by Araceli Ciprez, who plans to have a maximum of five employees, including herself. They would work in shifts of two or three people, depending on demand, according to a staff report.

The restaurant is expected to operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and would seat 12 to 18 people. Ms. Ciprez plans to build a new bathroom, food prep area and seating area, according to the report.

Project architect Alan Coon said parking shouldn't be a problem because the other businesses at the site – a fitness studio, a cobbler and a dry cleaner/laundromat – require parking at different times of day.

City staff is recommending the Planning Commission approve the request.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

The meeting can be viewed online.


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7 people like this
Posted by Pink Taco
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

My initial reaction, as an avid taco connoisseur, was "Yes!!!" But upon further reflection, doesn't this make three taco joints within a block? Sounds bad for all three businesses.

3 people like this
Posted by Frank
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

No, not another one. I wish we had a wider variety of ethnic restaurants.

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Posted by Laundromat user
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Bad idea for the laundromat users. Although the dry cleaners is closed at 6PM, the laundromat is open till 10PM. It is a very popular place for laundry as the only other nearby laundromat that used to be on Alma Lane near the train station, closed down after Eric Schmidt purchased the property to build his three story office building.

Parking at this location is definitely an issue. I've had to drive to the laundromat in Redwood City because the parking lot is often full, and not only by patrons of the businesses the lot serves. People park there when going to movies at the Guild because there is limited parking on El Camino. I've never seen a parking attendant, so I don't think anyone is enforcing the patron's only parking rule.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

The Laundromat meets the NEEDS of Menlo Park residents who don't have ready access to their personal washer/dryers. Come on, Council and Planning Commission - look to helping those who can't themselves. That's part of your job and your decisions need to contain common sense and decency, thus encouraging it for the community, as leaders - right?

Why, why, why would you recommend or approve this and who is benefiting? You'll be causing traffic and parking problems in an already-congested and parking-deprived part of town. Insanity.

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Posted by Laundromat user
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm

Beth, I agree with your comments except for the "look to help those who can't help themselves" comment. I'm not sure to whom you are referring. Your tone seems to indicate that all who use the laundromat are down on their luck or something. I live in a nearby 18 unit apartment complex without laundry facilities. The rent, like all rent in Menlo Park is very high. My neighbors are highly educated with descent salaries who most likely will never be able to afford to purchase a house in Menlo Park. They are dependent of the laundromat, but not because they "can't help themselves." There are also people who own houses with a washer/dryer but use the laundromat for the large washing machines that are useful for washing large items like bedspreads that are sometimes too large for the average sized washing machine. There are also homeless people who use the laundromat to wash their clothes. So don't assume that all patrons of the laundromat "can't help themselves." Maybe you should have worded your comments differently.

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Posted by editor
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

editor... y0u need to look that up in urban dictionary

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm

@Laundromat user:

My mistake and thank you for pointing out the usage of the facility by others - I learned somethings from you - thanks.

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