Mr. Mueller added that property owner Dan Beltramo had indicated that he is in the process of finding a new operator for the site, located at 341 El Camino Real, and wishes to discuss parking capacity at the restaurant with the city.
"I am cautiously optimistic the pieces are coming together that will keep the Oasis operating in Menlo Park," Mr. Mueller wrote in the email.
The Tougas family announced on Feb. 21 that it would close the restaurant, perhaps the oldest eating establishment in Menlo Park, on March 7 after 60 years of business. The announcement said the family was "unable to negotiate a reasonable lease for our business, nor meet the requested terms of the building's owner."
The Oasis is considered an institution by many and renowned for its burgers, pizza, beer and slightly sticky wooden tables engraved with what appear to be generations of initials.
According to the Menlo Park Historical Association, Alexander Beltramo, son of Beltramo's Wine & Spirits founder John Beltramo, converted the building that houses the Oasis — once the YMCA building at Camp Fremont, when the area was a training camp for World War I — into a beer garden in 1933.
The Tougas family took over operation in 1958, according to the Beltramo family.
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