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News - March 7, 2018

There's still hope for 'Oasis' name, tradition

by Kate Bradshaw

The last day of the Oasis, as it's been known under the ownership of the Tougas family, will be this Wednesday, March 7, but Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller last week told city officials that there may be hope to preserve the name and traditions of the beloved beer garden and burger joint.

In a March 2 email, Councilman Mueller informed City Manager Alex McIntyre, City Attorney Bill McClure and Economic Development Manager Jim Cogan that the restaurant's owner, the Tougas family, is open to speaking to potential operators "interested in licensing or buying the trademark, brand and menu of the Oasis, and operating the restaurant in (a) way that gives credit to the restaurant and family's history and place in the Menlo Park community."

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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