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By Jane Knoerle
Almanac Lifestyles Editor
A hub is defined as a center of activity, and that's what proprietor Mehmet Erkus intends his newly branded Menlo Hub to be.
The name was chosen in a contest that had 200 entries. Even Mr. Erkus was surprised by the enthusiastic response.
Formerly known as the Oak City Bar & Grill, the Menlo Hub, located at 1029 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, sports a new look, a lively bar scene, live music three nights a week, and menus in the process of a makeover.
The oak tree mural and pastel walls are gone, replaced by vivid blocks of blue and orange colors Mr. Erkus says remind him of his native Turkey. Walls are hung with large vibrant paintings by a local artist, and there are big screens for watching sports at the long bar. There's even a small dance floor.
A private dining room at the rear of the building has been remodeled.
Booths opposite the bar have been replaced with communal tables, ideal for noshing with drinks.
The Hub features "California cuisine with a Mediterranean flair," according to its website. The menu is being updated to include new dining choices, as well as an expanded menu of bar food.
The Hub is now serving dinner, and plans to resume serving lunch soon. An "early bird" dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.
With its makeover, The Hub hopes to attract a clientele looking for a more informal dining experience, with live music in a town not exactly known for its night life.
For information or reservations, call 321-6882.