16-year old Palo Alto standby Bistro Elan will serve its last dinner on Saturday night. Chef-owner Ambjorn Lindskog and his wife, co-owner Andrea Hyde have been grappling with heightened rents for the past six years now. They've finally decided enough is enough; it's time to funnel all those resources elsewhere. That's where their nearby lunch spot, Birch Street comes in. Here, Lindskog and Hyde plan to recreate Bistro Elan's dinner menu to the best of their abilities.
"We've got a great lease there," says Hyde. "Our faithful clientele are crying about the closure of Bistro Elan, so we're going to give the people what they want and offer many Bistro Elan staples at Birch Street for dinner." Hyde goes on to mention a BN Ranch steak dish served with Kennebec fries that's been a favorite for years now, and an off-menu foie that sells like crazy. Birch Street is about half the size of Elan, however, and the interior is a bit noisier and more modern, so the move will certainly come with some adjustments. After Saturday's closure, look for Birch Street to close up shop as well for a summer break from July 2nd until the 15th. When it reopens, the new dinner service should be rocking.
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Birch Street. [Photo: Yelp/kim n.]