New Baskin-Robbins owner

Manmeet Chhabra is the new owner of Baskin- Robbins on State Street.

The restaurant formerly known as Aldo Los Altos reopened following a renovation as BariBar Bistro in August, with a new menu and cocktail list and both indoor and outdoor dining.

Los Altos Hills resident Ryan Morris, who co-owns the enterprise with his wife, Mila Zelkha, worked at Aldo in its prior form.

The new restaurant, which serves dinner 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, offers “Adriatic-inspired American” cuisine.

New owner Manmeet Chhabra took over the Baskin-Robbins on State Street in Los Altos last month after looking in the South Bay for the right fit. He said he loves ice cream – pistachio is a favorite flavor – and the community feel of the downtown neighborhood.

In good news for longtime Town Crier coloring contest fans, he said the shop’s enthusiastic display of the art (and associated delicious prizes) can continue.

Closed, for now

Skip’s Pizza on First Street is temporarily closed, with a sign in the window reporting that the restaurant is carrying out accessibility upgrades. A slew of downtown businesses have recently been hit with Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits (visit this story at losaltosonline.com for links to our ongoing coverage of that story).

Departing

The Bell Tower Cafe in Rancho Shopping Center closed earlier this month, but its Saratoga location remains open. Owner Danny Shafazand said the restaurant was not able to maintain its previous success through the long chill of COVID and unsuccessfully sought a rent renegotiation.He thanks “the Los Altos community for the years of support.”

A new restaurant is inbound to fill the location later this fall, according to the shopping center’s spokesperson. The Greek restaurant Opa! on Main Street went dark this summer, and the local chain closed its San Jose location as well but remains open nearby in Santa Clara and Campbell.

A few doors down the street, Chris Kendall is closing the Yum Yum Tree boutique later this month. After hoping someone from the community who enjoyed the store’s ethos might want to take over, she decided that the shop would retire when she did, after half a century in the business of fashion.

“It’s going to be hard. I really will miss the people and the wonderful process of finding great things for them,” said Kendall, who moved the shop to downtown from a previous location in Sunnyvale. “Los Altos was such a wonderful move for us. I feel so, so lucky it’s been such a positive place.”

Kendall said the pandemic caused her – like everyone else – to rethink the balance in her life, but she also noted that her property manager and landlord had been tremendously supportive, and clear communicators.

“Not everyone is as lucky to have that combination, but I feel lucky to have landed here 13 years ago,” Kendall said.

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Eliza Ridgeway edits the Food & Wine, Camps, Bridal, Celebrations and Beyond the Classroom sections at the Town Crier, as well as reporting for all sections of the paper.