"Even though this is lodging for anyone all over the world, it's going to have a very local flavor," Pollock said. That local flavor is rooted in the names of both the hotel and its restaurant, he explained.
The "James," Pollock said, is intended as a nod to the city's Irish history, after Dennis "James" Oliver, one of the ranchers who gave Menlo Park its name. The name doubles as an homage to his father, James Moore Pollock, who has developed over 80 real estate projects since the 1960s, mainly in the Bay Area, he said.
Oak & Violet draws its name from the designated city tree and city flower, respectively. The restaurant is expected to offer "California"-style cuisine, with locally-sourced and organically-grown fresh food and craft cocktails. All meals will be served, with dinner entrees set to cost an estimated $20 to $40.
A soft opening is planned in early July, with a grand opening slated for later that month.
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