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Bluestone Lane to First Street: Cafe to arrive on the scene next month

Australian-themed coffee chain Bluestone Lane revealed plans in early May to move into the retail space at the old train depot at 288 First St. in Los Altos. Last week, Bluestone and city of Los Altos officials confirmed construction will wrap up the last week of July and a ribbon cutting is scheduled soon afterward. 

Voyageur du Temps, which previously occupied the repurposed station built in 1913, closed in 2018, paving the way for Bluestone Lane to expand into Los Altos. Bluestone Lane will provide a full-service, sit-down style space with “abundant seating and an extensive menu,” according to an email from marketing team member Ellee Pitman. No other locations in Los Altos were considered for the cafe, as the station is “such a beautiful landmark, rich in history, and (Bluestone Lane staff) fell in love with it right away,” Pitman said.

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Coffee chain Bluestone Lane has moved into the former home of Voyageur du Temps at the old train depot at 288 First St. in Los Altos.

Bluestone Lane officials signed a lease last October and started construction in May. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, representatives estimated the process would be complete July 26.

As for the aesthetic, Pitman said customers can expect a coastal-inspired shop “blended with the historical features of the building.” The food will follow suit, according to a sample menu; California favorites like breakfast burritos are available alongside Australian mainstays like smashed avocado toast.

Beyond the food is one of the chain’s most popular items, transcending cultures: award-winning coffee.

While Bluestone Lane pulls heavily from Australian coffee-shop culture, there are actually no locations in Australia. Nick Stone, the cafe’s CEO, debut his first location in a basement in midtown Manhattan. Stone wanted to create the feel a “Cheers”-like establishment that inspires loyalty, a place where everybody knows your name and your order. Much to Stone’s dismay, the time he spent in New York prior to opening his business was marked by Starbucks-like transactions, all based on a need for caffeine, not a desire for communal interaction.

Since launching his first location, which gained in popularity via word of mouth, Stone has built a brand that extends from coast to coast – the U.S. coasts, that is. Most recently, Pitman confirmed, Bluestone Lane opened another shop at 55 Second St. in San Francisco. That location, and all others in the city (including on Bush Street and at Union Square), boasts Bluestone Lane’s other model: a grab-and-go style coffeehouse.

Bluestone Lane will aim not only to serve customers, but also the community, through donations and fundraisers for schools and local businesses, Pitman said. Dog-friendly events, specials for “moms & bubs,” live music and more are also in the works.

“We're thrilled to bring a touch of Australian cafe culture to the Los Altos community,” Stone said in a statement.

For more information on Bluestone Lane, visit Stay tuned for a full spread on the location in the Town Crier once doors open.

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