By the Daily Post staff
The Beltramo family, landlords of the Oasis Beer Garden, are saddened the restaurant’s owners want to close the beloved burger and pizza joint and are actively looking for a new restaurant operator, Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller said today (Feb. 25).
After council received numerous pleas from residents to intervene, Mueller said he talked to Dan and Margaret Beltramo today.
“My impression was that they were really sad,” Mueller told the Post this afternoon.
The Post reported Thursday that Dan Beltramo’s daughter, Diana Beltramo Hewitt, said that the family plans to find a new tenant for the restaurant, and has no plans to redevelop the building at 241 El Camino Real that houses the restaurant.
Dan and Margaret Beltramo reiterated that sentiment to Mueller today.
“They are emotionally attached to the restaurant, recognize its importance to the community, and have expressed they sincerely wish it would have been possible to reach agreement with the Tougas family to keep them operating the restaurant,” Mueller said. “They indicated these families (the Beltramos and the Tougases) have worked together for decades. They would like to maintain the site as a restaurant, with much of the interior currently kept in place, including all of the wood-carved booths, maintained. Dan indicates his father actually built those booths.”
The Tougas family, who own similar restaurants in the South Bay, said in a statement that after several months of efforts, they were unable to negotiate with the Beltramos a “reasonable lease for our business nor meet the requested terms of the building’s owner.” They plan to close March 7.
Mueller, who frequently eats at the Oasis and held an election night party there, said he would be willing to mediate the dispute if the two parties were willing.
A possible problem for a new restaurant tenant is that there isn’t enough parking, Mueller said. Curbside parking on nearby side streets doesn’t open up until 6 p.m., and Mueller said it would be helpful if that were changed to 5 p.m.