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Bluestone Lane opens in downtown Los Altos

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Bluestone Lane barista Jessica Punzalan, left, arranges pastries at the new cafe in downtown Los Altos as general manager Kate Kuhn looks on. The new Bluestone Lane location opened last week.

After months of preparation, Bluestone Lane Los Altos is open for business at 288 First. St., the former home of Voyageur du Temps.

Local residents gathered the morning of July 31 for the cafe’s grand opening. After Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng cut the ceremonial ribbon, Bluestone Lane staff served their first breakfast, featuring menu items like Avocado Smash, a variation on avocado toast, and sweet treats and pastries from Manresa Bread on State Street.

Due to a corporate policy change in 2016, Bluestone Lane is totally cashless. A statement from the time said increased checkout speed, upgraded technology, increased sustainability and enhanced store operations were behind the move.

Bluestone Lane occupies the old train depot, refurbished by the owner of Voyageur du Temps in 2014, but with a style much different from the French bakery that overlooked Foothill Expressway for four years prior to its 2018 closure.

The construction team from Bluestone Lane’s corporate offices entirely remodeled the space; the register and snack-grab counter were moved to the left of the entryway, with a large communal table added for those waiting for their orders. The blue-green sheen of the company’s trademark tiles reflect off the portraits of Australian beaches that line the white walls.

Light wooden tables of various sizes fill the rest of the space, with a couch for lounging. Those wanting some summer sunshine can sit outside on the patio, filled with wicker chairs.

Bluestone Lane reps could not be reached for comment by the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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