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Portola Valley Alpine Inn beer garden tent to keep the party going year-round

Original post made on Jan 7, 2020

Now that the historic Alpine Inn has reopened after an extensive and expensive remodel, management has come up with a solution for keeping the indoor-outdoor tavern in operation year-round: a tent over the outdoor seating area.

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Posted by whocares
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm

I was there Sunday after a hike.
The only bad thing was the crowd and the wait due to about a million other people being there.
Thank you SO MUCH to the investors for making an awesome place for people to go.
Why couldn't someone have done this with the Oasis?

I'm glad they are keeping the indoor-outdoor tavern in operation year-round.
I hope the PV makes every reasonable accommodation to support the Alpine Inn.


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Posted by dana hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 8, 2020 at 8:52 am

Making the outdoor area inviting during both cold and rainy days is a HUGE improvement. Thanks for acting so quickly to make The Alpine Inn experience even better!


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Posted by Nicolas Kristopher
a resident of another community
on Jan 8, 2020 at 8:07 pm

As much as I enjoyed the outdoors of the original Zott's, now having the clean and professional upgrades since the greasy spoon roadhouse (one of my favorites) to a modern day example of a restaurant with creekside seating, I do find it more appealing. I do have concerns with "tenting" over the incredible aural awareness of the outdoors for the benefit of the few who would rather be sitting indoors. Wouldn't they be better off going to one of the other hundreds of existing restaurant/bars in the county and leave one of the ONLY historic outdoor facilities in California for those that truly appreciate in its natural environment? Walk, run, ride your bikes. Leave the autos at home and come enjoy this very special place in nature.


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Posted by gary at Zott's
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 9, 2020 at 7:58 am

Nicolas Kristopher is right....leave one of the ONLY historic outdoor facilities in California for those that truly appreciate its natural environment? Where is the common sense... when it comes to heating to outdoors with gas heaters, or covering with a tent. A California landmark has been turned into a money making hole....will greed never cease!


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Posted by Crazy Cassowary
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

I agree with Nicolas Kristopher.
Also the "New Alpine" has an indoor area for those that don't want to enjoy the outdoors in winter!


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Posted by Theresa
a resident of another community
on Jan 9, 2020 at 1:36 pm

We have enjoyed our Sunday lunches at Zott's outdoors since the reopening, where we can also bring our dog. We can't bring him inside so we're happy that the tent is going up for the rainy season. I think a 3-month tent is a great solution that keeps the staff employed and maintains an outdoor setting. Looking forward to seeing how it works.


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