Familiar brunch spot Brian's Restaurant reopens as Bell Tower under new owner

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Brian Whitlock, left, proprietor of Brian’s Restaurant, stayed on as general manager after selling the business to Danny Shafazand, right, last month. The Rancho Shopping Center breakfast and lunch spot reopened as the Bell Tower Cafe June 1 with the same staff and menu.

The sign on the door has changed at the brunch spot long known as Brian’s Restaurant in Los Altos’ Rancho Shopping Center. But the restaurant, now known as the Bell Tower Cafe, continues to serve the same food, from the same people, this week.

New owner Danny Shafazand rehired every employee at the restaurant when he purchased the business, including a cook who’d been there 30 years and Brian Whitlock himself, who first went into the Los Altos breakfast business with his wife in 1977. He now serves as general manager.

Beloved Los Altos parrot finds a San Jose roost

Courtesy of Amir Behboud
Amir Behboud of San Jose last week took in Lulu, the 8-year-old parrot that resided at Pet’s Delight. According to Behboud, Lulu will still make occasional visits to Los Altos.

Lulu has a new home. A San Jose family last week adopted the parrot, the longtime mascot of Pet’s Delight on State Street.

The sale of the pet store in April left Lulu in need of another place to perch; the shop’s new owner did not want to keep the blue and gold macaw.

Eye Lite sets sights on open house

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The Eye Lite team includes, from left, Drs. Emily Yuen, Jabina Ramde and Andrea Dong.

Eye Lite Optometry projects a vision, if you will, of customers as part of its extended family.

The office’s philosophy, in conjunction with quality eye care, has been a good business model, one that has resulted in financial as well as physical growth. An eight-month office renovation completed last February has enabled Eye Lite to operate at twice its original size.

Los Altos High grad makes beer a burgeoning biz in the Bay Area

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Jennings
Jonathan MacDonald, a Los Altos High School graduate, in his Novato brewery.

A Los Altos Hills native is doing his part to put hops on an equal footing with grapes in the Bay Area.

Less than five years after receiving a home brewing kit as a Christmas present, Jonathan MacDonald’s Adobe Creek Brewing is open for business.

Construction underway on downtown buffalo milk cafe

Images Courtesy of Foster Design Farm
Renderings of the counter, top, and facade, bottom, of Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen & Cheese reveal a modern aesthetic.

A crew is working to transform the former Main Street Cafe & Books into a farm-forward new restaurant, headlining this week’s happenings in the Los Altos business community.

Morsey’s says ‘cheese’

Foster Design Farm, the architecture firm in charge of turning 134 Main St. into Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen & Cheese, recently published its drawings for the new space online.

A familiar face takes the "Post" at Main Street bar

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After a renovation, the Copeland Building at 397 Main St. will reopen as The Post in the fall. Owner Vickie Breslin will run the bar and restaurant, the former home of First & Main Sports Lounge.

Vickie Breslin had the option of leaving Los Altos when First & Main Sports Lounge closed months ago. She had worked at the sports bar for eight years and had several places to land throughout the region.

Breslin, however, wanted to stay. She signed a lease for the old First & Main location at 397 Main St. in April and is now the owner/operator of The Post, a new bar and restaurant moving into the historical Copeland Building.

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