Cafe Borrone Expands, Buys Cedro

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Cafe Borrone has bought the lease for the location that Cedro, an Italian Restaurant, once occupied.

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Cafe Borrone, a cafe located in downtown Menlo Park, is expanding to occupy the neighboring space the Italian restaurant Cedro once held. Cedro’s recent closing, coupled with the BBC Pub’s recent closure, leaves Cafe Borrone  the only restaurant in the Menlo Center.

Cafe Boronne started out in Redwood City, came to Menlo Park in 1989, and has been successful ever since. Its food and beverages, combined with the cafe’s laid-back atmosphere, have proven to be an ideal environment for studying, socializing, and working among members of the Menlo Park community.

Cedro Ristorante Italiano, a restaurant and bar that opened in 2009, was owned and run by the Nevigato family. Cedro was located in the lease space adjacent to that of Cafe Borrone in Menlo Center. After Cedro closed last January, Borrone bought Cedro’s former lease.

“The building management approached us about it. [The management] said they respected us as a long time resident of this location and wanted to offer us an opportunity to move in,” said Jeffrey Pebbles, the general manager of Cafe Borrone.

The two locations – the original Cafe Borrone, and what was once Cedro – will not be interconnected, but rather serve as two separate locations “that will each offer something special,” according to Pebbles.

“The new location will be offering a different setting than the cafe,” Pebbles said. “The space is very small, so we don’t quite have an idea of what we will be able to fit in.” He added that his staff will be “taking a great deal of time planning for the new location, because we want to be sure [it] offers something new and unique.”

With Cafe Borrone’s expansion, the restaurant staff has many new ideas that they would like to bring to the new location. However, Pebbles stated that the definitive layout and offerings “are still yet to come.”

“With our dinner specials that we’ve been offering, our chefs have become excellent at making house made pasta, which is one thing we’ve been entertaining,” Pebbles said. “There could be more options of house made pasta, for people to take home or enjoy [at the new location], or maybe both.”

Another possibility for Cafe Borrone’s new location could be acquiring a liquor license. However, if the cafe were to serve alcoholic beverages at the new setting, “you would not be able to take [alcoholic] beverages back and forth [between locations], as the original cafe would not acquire a license,” Pebbles stated.

When asked if they would be hiring new employees for the newly acquired location, Pebbles smiled. “We’re always hiring at Cafe Borrone. We’re always looking for enthusiastic, hardworking people looking for a job and determined to learn.”

Pebbles also said that to staff the new location, the cafe will most likely “take employees from [the original location] and move them over.” This way, “customers checking out our new place would be able to see familiar faces, who would be able to explain what the new place is all about.”

Because this project is fairly new, there are many ideas that are still developing. However, regardless of the outcome of the cafe’s new location, there is no doubt that Cafe Borrone will continue to be a favorite location of M-A students and the Menlo Park community.

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5 Responses to “Cafe Borrone Expands, Buys Cedro”

  1. sparish on February 14th, 2013 7:40 pm

    I’ve always loved Cafe Borrone, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the expansion plays out. I hope that added space doesn’t change the atmosphere much. I kinda doubt it will, I imagine most people will continue to eat in the main building and outside.

  2. Nolan Martin on February 15th, 2013 12:59 pm

    I’m glad to see that Borrone is expanding; I like that they are keeping the rooms separate as I feel like the Cafe has double identities at the moment and perhaps the new space will assume one of them. The Borrone family empire continues to expand; check out Vesta in RWC and Station 1 in Woodside for more Borrone family eats!

    David Schmitt Reply:

    In addition to their new locations, it seems as though the cafe menu itself has undergone a facelift as well; while I haven’t tried it, the dinner menu seems interesting

  3. amacfarlane on February 15th, 2013 8:01 pm

    I am glad to see that Borrone is able to expand. The family is incredibly sweet, and while the members that I know are now devoting their energies to Station 1 (in Woodside as Nolan mentioned above), I am always happy to see any of these restaurants do well. Hopefully the expansion goes smoothly, as it always a gamble.

  4. shoover on February 19th, 2013 10:58 pm

    I love Cafe Borrone, and I’m excited to see what the new addition will add to its atmosphere, but I am also sad to see Cedro (one of Menlo Park’s hidden treasures) go.

Cafe Borrone Expands, Buys Cedro