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Refuge coming to Menlo Park

bbulkow May 28, 2013 09:19 PM

There's a sign on 1143 Crane St (across from Carapaccio) saying "Refuge coming soon". That space was a thai restaurant in about 2007, then a jazz bar for a few years, and has been empty for a while after that.

I consider it a cursed space, but if anyone can turn it around, that would be a solid destination place like The Refuge.

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    macdog May 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    What is Refuge? Do they have another location?

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      eethan May 30, 2013 12:16 PM

      Never been, but I'd guess this:

      http://refugesc.com/

      1. re: eethan
        bbulkow May 30, 2013 04:09 PM

        Yep. I love the Pastrami Burger. A big fat burger with a whole bunch of pastrami on top.

      2. re: macdog
        Melanie Wong May 30, 2013 02:40 PM

        Here's more about The Refuge in San Carlos:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/557427
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/497116
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/819928

        I just hope it doesn't catch Menlo Park good food blight in the expansion.

        Here's a photo of the work in progress,
        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

      3. emily May 30, 2013 02:26 PM

        I hope it's good. Would be nice to get some decent food in downtown MP.

        1. bbulkow Jun 28, 2013 09:15 PM

          It's open

          It has a solid belgian-oriented beer list. It has the same great pastrami and burgers. Love those burgers. Price is a bit high for the "pastrami burger" at 17, and the beef is very good but not $17 good, but the whole package is solid with the pastrami and fries and cheese.

          It's a little loud, but does have two tables outside, kind of lonely on the curb.

          Yelp talks about the noise (my opinion: MP, most places are quiet - let's have some diversity - but they could take it down a few Db), and service - service was fine/great when we were there.

          Room is a little too narrow and bright, lacks some of the cozy feel of San Carlos.

          But still - with a short & sweet food menu, and a very nice beer menu, they had a fairly constant flow of people on a friday. They weren't lingering, because of the noise, so might be profitable. We walked in at 8:00 and there were some free chairs for the next hour but plenty of turn over. And that's on a friday on a nice summer evening.

          Seems kid friendly. There was a toddler at the table we eventually occupied. With all that noise, a screaming child wouldn't be noticed, and wasn't.

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