Unexpected Closures Around the Bay Area

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Photo from Charles Chocolates.

A reader who leads chocolate tours around the city alerted me to the unexpected closure of the ~CHARLES CHOCOLATES~ shop in the Westfield Centre, and a post on the company’s Facebook page told a bigger story: that the entire company was over. In an interview with CEO Chuck Siegel, Scoop reports his big plans for Westfield (a factory and retail shop) were ultimately the company’s demise. Best of luck to him—I know many people will miss his chocolates.

Meanwhile, a Peninsula reader forwarded me a newsletter announcing the closure of Menlo Park’s ~MARCHÉ~ after nine years of business (and the expiration of their lease). The restaurant will be hosting one last Nantucket Dinner, on Friday March 25th and Saturday March 26th. The farewell menu is $65 per person. 898 Santa Cruz Ave. at University, Menlo Park, 650-324-9092.