Globetrotter returns home and brings one-woman pastry business to LA

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Melody Hu prepares to open Petit Bakery Co. at 209 First St. in Los Altos. Hu’s gluten-free vanilla sponge cake with elderflower buttercream and lemon curd, right, is her best-seller to date.

Melody Hu is set to open a patisserie-style bakery in downtown Los Altos this summer that fuses her international living experiences: the craftsmanship of Parisian pastries and the modest sweetness of Asian mochi rice. Yet Hu said the health-minded, gluten-free goods will make Petit Bakery Co. “quintessentially Californian.”

Established in 2017, Petit Bakery Co. will fill the space at 209 First St. after Cho Yu’s retirement led to the recent closure of Cho’s Restaurant. Hu said some minor remodeling is in store before her bakery opens in the summertime.

Ludwig's German Table plots Mountain View opening

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Ludwigs Geman Table is developing a menu of beer-friendly foods for its new Mountain View location including pizza with brie, walnuts and lingonberries.

Ludwig’s German Table, a San Jose beer hall and eatery, is readying a beer hall menu for its debut in Mountain View.

Ludwig’s has signed on to assume the space at 388 Castro St., formerly home to Bierhaus. The previous beer-oriented business vacated the location after failing to reach terms on a new lease with the landlord, who had floated plans for redeveloping the space entirely.

Rose Market reopens in MV

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A customer examines the wares in a Rose Market aisle last week.

Rose Market, the popular Persian grocery and deli at El Camino Real and Castro Street in Mountain View, reopened its doors last week after a multiyear closure for the site’s redevelopment. The shop stocks Middle Eastern produce, dried goods and deli foods in addition to making its own specialty foods. A walk-up window will sell simple grilled meat meals at lunch and dinner.

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Honcho shutters after three-year run

Representatives of Honcho, the wine and beer lounge at 235 First St., thanked customers on their website for a “fun three years” as the establishment closed for good on Valentine’s Day.

Words of art: Eclectic painter opens Los Altos pop-up gallery

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Oana Singa’s pop-up exhibition, “Oana Singa: Art Inspired by the Theatrical and the Absurd,” opened in Los Altos Jan. 18 and runs through April 30.

When artist Oana Singa moved from Romania to the United States with her husband and a baby on the way nearly 15 years ago, language was the biggest barrier to adjusting to her new home. Now, English words fill the paintings that hang in her temporary studio at 4846 El Camino Real in Los Altos.

Singa’s pop-up exhibition, “Oana Singa: Art Inspired by the Theatrical and the Absurd,” opened Jan. 18 and runs through April 30, when the recently approved Altos One housing complex will begin to take shape on the property.

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