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Sports lounge closes; Present searches for a new home

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
First & Main Sports Lounge, left, closed last week. It was the only sports bar in Los Altos. At right, Jim Daley (without glasses) and Jim Reynolds, right, the men behind Present, are looking for a new space in the city after their sublease on Main Street has run out.

The taps at First & Main Sports Lounge stopped running last week as the bar and eatery closed for good. The only venue of its kind in Los Altos, First & Main was known for its 18 taps of beer and casual, locals-oriented atmosphere.

Co-owner and general manager Robert Peters couldn’t be reached for comment by the Town Crier’s press deadline, but a glance inside the darkened space showed a semi-dismantled bar, half of which had been under construction in recent months. The location at 397 Main St. formerly housed Minh’s Vietnamese and before that Shanghai Gourmet.

Local brothers opening pub in former Maltby's space

Courtesy of Lars and Andrew Smith
Lars and Andrew Smith, above, plan to open a tap room and pizzeria in Los Altos. They also run Palo Alto Tap Room, at left.

A new public house and pizzeria is slated to move into the old Maltby’s Restaurant space at 101 Plaza North this summer.

The idea for the eatery was brewing with Andrew and Lars Smith, brothers who grew up in Palo Alto, for years before they decided on the Los Altos location. They selected the name State of Mind Public House – as in “California State of Mind” – for their new venture.

Local 3-story homes have complicated history

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
A new three-story home going up on Fairway Drive in Los Altos is subject to county zoning.

Arthur Meyers was out walking before Christmas when he noticed what he thought was a three-story home on Fairway Drive, near Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

“They don’t have any idea of the neighborhood,” he said of houses that seemed to tower over neighboring residences. “It’s just a huge box.”

Time's up for Mohr Clocks

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Gavin Barta explores the inventory at Mohr Clocks. The clock sales and repair store, which has been on El Camino Real since Horst Mohr opened it in 1956, closed at the end of December.

Mohr Clocks shuttered its doors just before Christmas Day, turning the lights off on what may have been Los Altos’ oldest business.

Norm Mohr took over the business from his father, Horst, who opened the clock sales and repair store at 4856 El Camino Real in 1965.

Tax relief on the way for small businesses

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved County Assessor Larry Stone’s recommendation to dramatically increase the number of property owners eligible to receive a “too low to assess” exclusion, benefiting mostly small-business owners.

The new ordinance doubles the amount of the exclusion (from $5,000 to $10,000) for business personal property and adds two new categories of property eligible for the exemption:

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