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Boba tea shop to replace cobblery in Menlo Park

Original post made on Apr 1, 2019

Plans for a new boba tea shop in town moved forward when the Menlo Park Planning Commission gave the proposal its full support on Monday, March 25. It would replace a shuttered cobblery at 993 El Camino Real.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 1, 2019, 8:25 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2019 at 4:34 pm

The planning commission has never seen an excuse for ignoring required parking spaces that they didn't like.

BTW Onken, way to go with your classy support of "the junkier shops we have around here."

Posted by Jim Madison
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Whatever in the world is Boba tea?

Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

If you don't know what is boba tea, you probably don't have kids. Boba tea is more popular among kids than ice cream these days.

Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Jim it's a "tea" drink from Taiwan which in it various recipes can have more grams of sugar than a classic Coke. Another glass of obesity which can lead to Type II diabetes.

Posted by Steve_J
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2019 at 5:23 pm

Steve_J is a registered user.

Just what the kids need, lots of sugar.

Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm

A regular boba tea is around 250 calories, so it is about the same amount of empty calories as a large 20 ounce soda or a cup of ice cream. No, kids should not have one (of any of these) every day. Trying to ban them all the time is not going to make you a very popular parent, though.

Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 2, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Boba tea is a sickeningly sweet drink with giant tapioca balls which require a large-diameter (plastic) straw to consume. I tried it a couple of times & nearly hurled. The balls are a choking hazard for toddlers & plastic straws are supposedly to be banned soon. Are there any paper straw big enough for this?

It's unfortunate that this fad is coming to town but with limited parking, I predict it won't last long. More pedestrian traffic here across the muni parking lot might pose hazards, especially if the main patrons are kids who may not be alert to moving vehicles.

Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Reading the previous comments makes me realize how unfamiliar with boba tea many Menlo Park residents remain, despite the rising popularity of boba and the tremendous demand for the drink in neighboring cities such as Palo Alto or Redwood city. Most stores now allow customers to customize the sweetness, and if you like, you can have a healthy sugar-free flavored tea - this is also they only way I drink it. I hope this place opens soon. Menlo Park is so behind in having new businesses, and it needs to have at least one boba store for the residents. I’m tired of having to go out of my way to to get the kids their milk teas from another town.

Posted by neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Apr 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm

It is interesting to see that the unfamiliarity of this popular drink triggers such skepticism and consternation. If this were a new ice cream shop or French patisserie, I bet few would blink an eye and in fact even welcome it with some anticipation. This is not a dessert that one should have every day, but can be enjoyed without judgment just as one might have a piece of cake (gasp) every now and then. I wish the business good success.

Posted by Marjorie Z
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 4, 2019 at 9:15 am

Sorry to read all this rancor about my favorite indulgence. I am happy there will be a new boba tea shop in Menlo Park! My hope is that this one will offer a higher quality product set than the other downtown Menlo Park options, which I'm sorry to say do not meet my standards. Yes, chill on the parking issue, boba is mostly an on-the-go item. At a good boba place, levels of sweetness and ice can be specified. They often also offer fruit smoothies and healthy additions such as red bean and aloe vera. I have been a boba tea fan for over fifteen yesrs and I manage to be lean and fit. Your kids can be too and still enjoy boba tea and support a local business.

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