By Stuart Soffer
Reporting Live From Borrone’s MarketBarUploaded: Feb 13, 2014
Today(Thursday) is opening day for the long-awaited Borrone's MarketBar located between the Menlo Park train station and the foundational Café Borrone Mother Ship. I went through tonight. Roy and Maria held court at outside tables with Roy flitting about making sure customers were happy. The Borrones have a great formula as shown by the original café and Vesta in Redwood City: home grown menus, astute hiring, and a 'family room' ambiance.
The format is bright lights, an open kitchen, bar area and display/checkout. Like the original, there are outdoor tables under the building portico. Obvious difference with the original: Café Borrone hosts frequent art exhibitions and Roy Borrone is a good curator. Unfortunately the MarketBar has little blank wall space for art.
There's been a long opportunity to provide for culinary support Caltrain riders to take home. MarketBar has little to fear about impending food trucks.