Ristorante reversal: From Bella Vita to La Scala


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Ristorante Bella Vita closed July 10 after Jan Unlu had a falling out with his business partner. However, Unlu said he plans to reopen under a new name: Ristorante La Scala.

Jan Unlu said things “didn’t work out” between him and his business partner, leading to a temporary closure of downtown mainstay Ristorante Bella Vita July 10. But much to the relief of the restaurant’s regulars, Ristorante Bella Vita is set to reopen in a few weeks under a new name: Ristorante La Scala.

Unlu, who declined to identify his former business partner, sees the restaurant’s renaming and remodeling as a fresh start. His original plan for this year, already in the works, was to open a European eatery on Main Street called Los Altos Bakery & Cafe that would offer something for nearly everyone: organic brunch foods, freshly ground espresso and an assortment of wines. Now, he has put his cafe plans on hold just one week before he was set to sign the lease.

MV Chamber of Commerce head resigns


The president and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce has resigned after a year on the job.

Bruce Humphrey submitted his resignation to the board of directors executive committee July 31 and plans to leave his position in the second half of September.

BBB reports show more than $2M in losses from IT company scam

If your business is looking for IT support, be sure to do your homework before handing over any money. Since March, the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker has received more than 50 reports about a China-based firm that has tricked dozens of people out of anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000.

How the scam works

You are looking to hire a company to help develop software, set up a call center, build a website or perform other technology work. You see an ad online for an IT company with a strong track record and competitive prices.

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73 Bay Tree Lane, Campi Trust to Guide 1031 LLC for $2,278,000

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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.

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