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Los Altos’ Bluestone Lane secures liquor license, hosts Local’s Hour

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Bluestone Lane in Los Altos recently launched a Local’s Hour, its version of the traditional happy hour. According to the cafe’s staff, the Watermelon Bellini and the Good Greens Granola, above, pair well.

After bringing Aussie-style, all-day breakfast and lunch to Los Altos for two months, Bluestone Lane recently secured a liquor license and has put its twist on a traditional favorite: happy hour.

The cafe’s Local’s Hour offers $5 beers and $7 wines to accompany its regular menu – featuring a variety of specialty cocktails and plates – from 4 p.m. to closing daily. The cafe, located in the old train station at 288 First St., closes at 5:30 p.m., but that is subject to change once details are finalized, according to assistant general manager Angelina Alvarado.

Although the discounts apply to alcohol, diners can choose nonalcoholic drinks like Bluestone Lane’s famous flat white coffee. Mixed alcoholic drinks like the Rosé Spritzer – a concoction of strawberry, lime, Bluestone Lane sparkling grapefruit water and rosé­ – will be served at their regular price.

Perfect pairings

The Local’s Hour menu was designed with pairings in mind. For example, the spritzer goes well with the Good Greens Granola, a bowl of Greek nonfat yogurt topped with housemade lemon curd, bakery granola, toasted coconut and fresh berries, according to Alvarado.

Another pairing suggested by Alvarado and her staff is Bluestone Lane’s classic Bloody Mary with the Big Brekkie, a traditional breakfast with a spin from Down Under, featuring smoked bacon, poached eggs, roasted tomato, grilled chorizo, avocado, kale and baked mushrooms on toast.

Those hungry for American comfort food can still whet their appetites at Bluestone Lane. The Bay Burger – caramelized onions, white cheddar, fig jam and garlic aioli atop a beef patty on a brioche bun – could be just the ticket. To complement the burger, Bluestone Lane serves two bottled beers – a Californian beer from the Fort Bragg-based North Coast Brewing Co. and an Australian brew from Adelaide, Coopers Pale Ale.

Bluestone staff recommended that local residents cool down from the warm fall with a fruity Watermelon Bellini, a light-pink cocktail with housemade watermelon juice and prosecco. For those soaking in the rays during brunch, a refreshing mimosa contains locally sourced, freshly squeezed orange juice.

Alvarado said the Bluestone Lane mimosa pairs well with the restaurant’s Rainbow Bowl, a vegeterian option featuring avocado, spinach, red cabbage, carrots, sheep’s milk feta, a poached egg and herbed yogurt dressing.

Bluestone Lane marketing team member Ellee Pitman emailed the Town Crier last week with news that the Los Altos location had obtained its liquor license.

Once Local’s Hour is in full swing, Bluestone Lane will serve “light bites and more evening snacks,” Pitman said in the email.

For now, customers can snack on the chain’s most popular offering – the Avocado Smash, with feta, heirloom tomatoes and herbs on multigrain bread – until the new additions hit the menu.

For more information on Local’s Hour, visit bluestonelane.com.

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