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The end of an era: Ann's Coffee Shop to close

Original post made on Apr 7, 2021

After 75 years, Ann's Coffee Shop, known for its 1950s atmosphere, bottomless carafes of coffee and homemade soups and pies, is set to close April 19, according to the mother-son duo that has run the diner since 2008.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 11:53 AM

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2021 at 12:59 pm

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So sad to see Ann's close. It has been the mainstay of many generations. Thanks for the memories. Ann's will be missed.

Posted by Ted Gruner
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 7, 2021 at 4:16 pm

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So sorry to see yet another great shop to go in Menlo Park. I graduated Menlo Atherton in 1959 and whet there many many times over the years. Hope the owners enjoy their retirement. Many good and bad changes to the entire area. But I guess that is what we all call progress. I only hope the Goose doesn't close.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2021 at 8:05 pm

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Given their poor health department rating pre-Covid I’m not that disappointed they’re closing. Best wishes to the owners with this big life change.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Apr 7, 2021 at 9:37 pm

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So terribly sad. Truly amazing that the landlord don’t collect rent while COVID raged and they couldn’t be open. How heartless of the new owners to not allow a little time for reorganizing and grieving, after 75 years.

Posted by Maureen
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 8, 2021 at 5:04 am

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So saddened Ann’s Coffee Shop will close. For decades, it has been valued noontime gathering place for local retirees as well as family bkfst/lunch spot for parents & kids.
Menlo Park is losing many long time small businesses: Ann’s, Guild Theater, Village Stationers, The Pet Place, possibly Feldman’s Books. Whether because of pandemic or downtown redevelopment or simple inevitability of change, they will be missed. They were not just businesses; they were touchstones for the community. The midnight showing of Rocky Horror. A place to bring your new pup for “meet & greet”. Personalized holiday cards. An out-of-print book. That perfect piece of rhubarb pie.
A sincere thank you & best wishes to the owners & staff of these businesses. You made Menlo Park a better place.

Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2021 at 6:22 am

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I agree with you - so sad to see all those businesses gone. I suppose Pink's Pastry is gone, too? I was born and raised in Menlo Park; lived there for 50 years (1941-1991).


Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2021 at 6:28 am

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Ted Gruner -

I am a class of '59 M-A graduate, as well. I emailed this news article to Pat Parsons, and called her attention to your comment, :)

pearl (aka Laurel G.)

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 8, 2021 at 9:58 am

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There are SO many empty storefronts along Santa Cruz. Ann's will be another one.

This pandemic has caused so much hardship and financial loss to so many.

Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 8, 2021 at 1:17 pm

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@Neighbor - according to the article, the landlord did not collect rent when the restaurant had to close, and charged reduced rent when they couldn't operate at full capacity. Although there was financial hardship, the new owner did not let them continue to operate; that prompted the closing.

Posted by gina
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 9, 2021 at 8:37 pm

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I lamented in the loss of all the great mom and pop business's that have gone under for one reason or another. To many great restaurants on Santa Cruz avenue have gone under. Besides Anne's coffee shop there was Sams Restaurant on the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and El Camino. It closed down one year and was replaced by another restaurant called Michaels. Both great places to eat at. Then their was Kens Family restaurant run by Ken Cunningham and after 40 years of running the place he decided to retire. he has long since passed away. Several restaurants tried their luck on the same site but failed. Just sad to see all these great places closing. As to who ever commented on the Pink Pastry shop that close down a very long time ago. But I was shocked because until I read all these posts I had know idea the Pet Place had closed down until now. It was mainstay for pet owners to go to as the owners were local people who supported downtown Menlo Park. Ran by a Husband and wife team. Fleagles home furnishing is still around they decided to downsize and moved to some small building in menlo park on El Camino. I have lived in menlo park 48 years now and it saddens me that one by one all the stores the locals frequent are slowly becoming dinosaurs. Pretty soon Downtown Santa Cruz Avenue won't look the same anymore. Or have the same home grown feeling people have come to love about Menlo Park. Anne's Coffee shop closing is just the latest death nell. There aren't too many places left to frequent and will be gone in a short time. all about greed and money. Sad, very sad.

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