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Menlo Park diner shutters following ADA suits

Jason's Cafe, which had been in operation in Menlo Park for 11 years, closed May 1, according to Jason Kwan, the cafe's owner.

Kwan said he had to shut down the cafe, located at 1246 El Camino Real, because it has received multiple lawsuits alleging that the building the cafe was in does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He said it's very expensive to remodel the building, but also very expensive to fight the lawsuits. The building itself, he suspects, is about 80 years old.

He said he's sad about the closure. "That's my baby right there," he said of the restaurant. He also runs Chef Kwan's restaurant at 630 Menlo Ave.

He said the cafe served good food and had good customers.

In customer reviews on Yelp, many visitors to Jason's Cafe acknowledged the location as "no-frills" and "a little divey," but noted they appreciated the generous portions and the hearty breakfasts in particular, as well as the reasonable prices. Visitors also wrote positive things about the warm and friendly service.

—By Kate Bradshaw

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