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S E C T I O N 2 Cover Story Showing off the “bar eatery” side of the MarketBar are, from left, Roy and Rose Borrone (seated), and Josh Pebbles and Marina Borrone. At the bar eatery, guests can order a cocktail or food specialties, such as house-made ravioli or steak frites. Borrone MarketBar An exciting new addition to an old favorite Story by Jane Knoerle | Photos by Michelle Le S Kelp is arranged around oysters on crushed ice for MarketBar’s “bar eatery” section. The restaurant is scheduled to open in February. ince Cafe Borrone opened nearly 25 years ago, Menlo Park has made it its “go-to” place. In the Readers’ Choice 2013 competition, Almanac readers voted the cafe a winner in five categories. Now MarketBar, scheduled to open in February, will give a new dimension to the community’s favorite gathering place. The “Market” is the creation of Cafe Borrone owner and president Marina Borrone and her husband, executive chef Josh Pebbles. Located around the corner from the cafe in space vacated by Cedro Ristorante Italiano, the new restaurant will have an Italian flair, reflecting the couple’s many trips to Italy. The bar eatery section will offer guests “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 with a dash of the new,” according to The “Market” area will feature rotisserie chicken, pasta, sauces, focaccia and pastries. Most items will be food to finish at home. Steak frites and other bistro favorites will be available for guests to take to their favorite table. (A few marble-top tables are located inside, and there is plenty of outdoor seating.) MarketBar will be open for lunch and dinner; however, a customer is welcome to wander in for a morning espresso and bombolone (an Italian doughnut), says Ms. Borrone. Another important reason for the expansion was to create more kitchen space. “The cafe has a very small kitchen,” says Marina. The former Cedro space was completely gutted and new kitchen equipment installed. In the beginning Cafe Borrone was founded in 1979 by Roy and Rose Borrone in a building he owned on Broadway in Redwood City. The coffee house and restaurant was a success, but in those days See BORRONE, page 19 On the cover: Chef Josh Pebbles adds finishing touches to the oyster bar that will be part of the new MarketBar, scheduled to open in February next to Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. January 29, 2014 NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN17

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