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Longtime cafe to close at month's end

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Main Street Cafe, known as a community gathering space in downtown Los Altos, is set to close at the end of January with the expiration of the lease agreement.

This month will be the final chapter for Main Street Cafe.

The lease agreement between landlords Paul and Liz Nyberg and tenant Jamie Tomaselli expires Jan. 31 and will not be renewed, according to the Nybergs.

“We have decided to go in a different business direction,” said the owners of the 134 Main St. building. The Nybergs also own and publish the Town Crier.

The Nybergs, who have owned the building since 1995, intend to fill the space with an eatery open daytime and evening hours.

“We believe Los Altos is now ready for an exciting new restaurant concept to add to our downtown’s vitality,” they said.

Tomaselli declined comment for this article.

Tomaselli began managing the cafe in 2003 on behalf of the Nybergs, and three years later, she took over the business.

“We want to make sure this continues to be a place where everyone in the community can come and enjoy themselves,” the Mountain View resident told the Town Crier in 2006. “We always get positive comments about the ambience.”

In the past decade, the cafe became a hub for numerous club gatherings, committee meetings and civic activities such as the Los Altos Police’s “Coffee with a Cop.”

“With Jamie taking over as manager, this is kind of a meeting place for a lot of people,” said Los Altos resident Lou Cogliani. “There are a lot of good establishments in town, but there aren’t a lot that have the space to gather.”

In response to the impending lease expiration, one community group petitioned the Nybergs to keep the cafe under its current ownership.

“It would just not be the same, especially given the ‘new age,’ nontraditional establishments that seem to be replacing those with the traditional ‘village’ feel,” according to the letter, signed by 28 area residents who meet on Saturdays to discuss cars.

Cogliani, a longtime resident of the city, lamented the loss of mainstays such as the cafe.

“What used to be a nice array of businesses is kind of collapsing around here,” he said.

Frequent patron and Los Altos resident Anna Cornell fears the business’s closure is part of a larger trend.

“You just turn your head and it’s another place closed,” she said. “Whatever’s new comes and goes quickly.”

This winter along Main Street, the Build It Again with Bricks LEGO store closed its doors, and the Therapy boutique intends to close its Main Street shop within the month. In December, The Makery and The Botanist shuttered on State Street.


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