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Photo Courtesy Of Alley Burger HouseMarty Cattaneo, new chef for The Alley Burger House, plans to develop a menu that features a high-quality burger that’s “set apart from the rest.”

Construction begins on Alley Burger House

Within the gutted building that once housed Beausejour’s French cuisine at 170 State St., a burger joint is rising.

The Alley Burger House aims to invent a new kind of hybrid experience – a subterranean speak-easy-style cocktail bar with top-shelf drinks for grownups; an upscale restaurant and milkshake bar for all ages; and a play area with bowling lanes, a karaoke stage and a climbing wall for youngsters.

The three-story project is the brainchild of Los Altos resident Mary Heffernan and her H&H Co., proprietor of Bumble, Area 51, Play! Los Altos and three other projects under development in Los Altos.

Heffernan hired Marty Cattaneo, formerly of Dio Deka in Los Gatos, as head chef, and he said he’s developing a menu based on the burger as “cornerstone.”

“We are currently testing out beef purveyors, grind mixes and bun recipes to ensure that our burger is set apart from the rest,” he reported, adding that they’re experimenting with nontraditional sides such as kale chips, fried peppers with smoked yogurt, and brussels sprouts with a soft poached egg – as well as a kids’ menu.

Hidden Villa scoops

Children ages 3-5 and their parents are invited to Hidden Villa for “The Scoop on Poop,” a gardening class for preschoolers, 2-4 p.m. April 25.

Participants will collect the ingredients needed for a spring garden – including fertilizer. And on a farm full of pooping animals, there are many kinds of fertilizer to be found.

The class costs $20 for a parent-child pair. Registration is required.

Hidden Villa is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

For registration and more information, visit

Local brews ready to take home

Los Altos-based Strike Brewing Co. saw two of its bottles reach the shelves of local Safeway stores this month.

The year-old company’s India Pale Ale and Brown Ale are available in 22-ounce bombers at Santa Clara County Safeways.

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