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News - January 22, 2014

Coming soon to Menlo Park: Borrone Marketbar

by Elena Kadvanny

The Borrone family's local restaurant empire is about to get a little bigger — but not much farther flung — with its latest expansion, The Borrone Marketbar, slated to open next door to Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park early this year.

A website for the sibling restaurant to Menlo Park's favorite cafe is up and running in anticipation of an "early 2014" opening. The owners could not be immediately reached for comment, but a message was posted on

Below a iPhone panorama photo of the space-in-progress is a description from co-owners Marina Borrone and chef Josh Pebbles about what MarketBar is all about:

"The 'Market' will feature a rotisserie, house-made focaccia, full family meals, fresh pasta and pastries for our guests to take to their favorite table. The 'Bar Eatery' side is a casual space where you can enjoy a classic Italian cocktail, an oyster, a bowl of ravioli, or savory meats while soaking in the atmosphere: a little of the old world mixed with a dash of the new.

"Our menus are designed to be small, and by nature they change consistently. When working with organic, sustainable food, quality wins over quantity and convenience. The menu will always be reflective of the current condition of the dirt, the weather, the animals, the season of harvest and even the chance of an occasional coyote attack that might enjoy Josh's turkeys before he has the chance to prepare them."

The Almanac reported about this time last year that Ms. Borrone and Mr. Pebbles would take over the space vacated by Italian restaurant Cedro Ristorante.

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