Restaurant roundup: Specialty’s, quesabirria, wine bar and more

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Speciality’s Cafe & Bakery returned to Mountain View boasting a wide variety of sandwiches

A staple of workday lunches has returned to Mountain View, and even though employees of many companies continue to work from home, the steady stream of people picking up sandwiches among otherwise empty office parks indicates that local loyalty to Speciality’s Cafe & Bakery remains strong.

Column: Reviewing the importance of getting a real estate appraisal

There is a fair bit of confusion about real estate appraisals: What are they? Who does them? When do you need one? Why are they important? How much do they cost? In today’s robust market, appraisals have become even more important.

New opportunity for small businesses to apply for PPP loans

Small businesses in Los Altos have through March 10 to apply for additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo’s office and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce have announced. The new, limited application period applies to businesses of 20 employees or fewer.

Plant and pots store in downtown Los Altos chugs along

Chinelo Design
Photos Courtesy of Raymundo Maldonado
Chinelo Design, a cozy shop full of plants, is located at the corner of State and Third streets in downtown Los Altos.

Tucked in a corner at State and Third streets, in between a law office and a skincare center, sits a cozy space full of plants.

“Not a lot of people know about me,” said Raymundo Maldonado, owner of Chinelo Design, which calls itself a “plant and pots store.”

Column: What you should consider before buying bitcoin

Bitcoin is in the news again. This time it’s Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s announcement that he recently purchased $1.5 billion worth last month.

Its price subsequently spiked above $40,000. That’s for just one bitcoin. Musk also revealed that Tesla is planning to accept bitcoins for car purchases. Let’s hope the company’s cashiers will be provided with enough cash in their tills to be able to make change. Now that you know Musk is jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon, you might be inclined to invest in it as well.

Restaurant roundup: New eateries open, established spots offer takeaway specials

Food Roundup
Photos by Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Los Altos’ House on First has an expanded rotisserie menu for outdoor or takeaway dining, left. Mr. Cake Plus baker Santosh Chankyam, right, sells savory pastry puffs, cake slices and made-to-order decorated cakes at his new Mountain View bake shop.

As we round the horn of a full year under pandemic protocols, local restaurants continue to experiment with new menus and even a few bold debuts.

Aurum has been drawing rapturous interest since the Town Crier first wrote about its debut at 132 State St. in Los Altos. Following is a rundown of other new places to try, as well as new takeaway meal options to explore at longtime standbys.

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