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End of an Era: Hobee’s Pruneyard to close January 5th, 2014

We are sorry to let you know that we will be closing Hobee’s Pruneyard after the Holiday Season. Our last day of business will be Sunday, January 5, 2014.

While we have remained a popular draw for the past 15 years, our option to renew our lease brought the prospect of a doubled rent. We would not be able to absorb such a substantial hike and maintain our modest, family-friendly prices. The large size of Hobee’s Pruneyard – 6500 square feet – poses a particular challenge since our rent is based on square footage.

Our immediate concern is for the welfare and continued employment of our loyal crew. We will be working closely with each individual crewmember to determine if they are able to transfer to one of Hobee’s six other locations, or if they are interested in employment with one of our industry colleagues at The Pruneyard.

We are extremely proud of what Hobee’s Pruneyard accomplished over the years. The restaurant gained the loyalty of many regular customers and won some terrific honors, including scores of Best Breakfast citations and the 2009 Business of the Year Award from the Campbell Chamber of Commerce. Hobee’s Pruneyard was also a consistent supporter of hundreds of area schools, non-profits and civic groups.

Please be assured that we are actively scouting possible replacement locations in the Campbell area. As noted, we prefer a smaller footprint (about 3500 square feet). Feel free to e-mail us at efike@hobees.com with any real estate suggestions you may have.

Finally, though we also closed our Los Gatos and Stanford locations this year due to similar rent concerns, these closures belie an otherwise successful and exciting year, during which our remaining locations posted sizable sales gains and Vice President Biden made a well-publicized trip to Hobee’s Sunnyvale in June. Moving forward, we’re particularly excited about marking our milestone 40th anniversary in 2014. We hope that you will continue your Hobee’s habit at the following South Bay sites starting January 6: Hobee’s San Jose (680 River Oaks Parkway @ Montague); Hobee’s Cupertino at The Oaks Shopping Center, and Hobee’s Sunnyvale (800 Ahwanee Ave. @ Mathilda and 101).

It was a sincere privilege being a part of the Campbell community these past fifteen years. THANK YOU to all of the Pruneyard customers who became a part of our family!

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HIGH FIVE: FREE WI FI!

Since we owe so much to the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley, the least we can do is supply them with Wi Fi. Enjoy unlimited, unrestricted wireless hook up at any Hobee’s location. Surf on our turf!

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Down a Location, Hobee’s Named Best PA Breakfast Once Again

There have been times in the past when even we thought we had an unfair advantage in the Palo Alto “Best Breakfast” sweepstakes. Two wildly popular restaurants (Stanford and Palo Alto) at either side of town gave us a pretty amazing stronghold for 28 years. That’s why our latest award from the Daily News Group is so thrilling: We took top honors with just Hobee’s Palo Alto serving the community. Thanks, voters, for the wonderful show of support!

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Co-Owner Peter Taber Enjoys Second Career As Artist

Co-owner Peter Taber has spent decades putting his stamp on Hobee’s wonderful – and tasty! – recipes. Lately, though, Peter has been expressing himself in a completely new way: as an artist. Though always interested in art, Peter began focusing on creating dramatic watercolors three years ago. His favorite subjects are landscapes and Hawaiiana (not surprising for someone born and raised on Oahu). Peter’s work has been exhibited at the Rengstorff House Annual Summer Arts Festival Exhibit in Mountain View and the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society’s Harvest Exhibit in Morgan Hill. Currently, his painting “Baylands Foggy Morning” is being shown at the Silicon Valley Small Works exhibit at Santa Clara’s Mission College.

For more information on Peter’s new vocation, visit www.petertaberwatercolors.com

Our Fall Dinner Menu Features Spectactular Specials

To all of you who still think of Hobee’s for breakfast only: You MUST come in to Pruneyard, Palo Alto or Sunnyvale and try one of our scrumptious dinner specials. (Choosing just one is going to be a problem!) Here’s our stellar seasonal line up:

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A Hobee’s Love Story

We were privileged to be part of a lovely surprise recently. Nadine Schubert, who lives in Germany, contacted us about arranging something special to gift to her California-based boyfriend, Sebastian, to commemorate their anniversary. (The couple had their first date at Hobee’s Mountain View.) On the morning of the big day, we personally delivered a heart-shaped coffeecake tin to Sebastian. We knew that our mission was a success based on this adorable screen shot from their conversation later that morning:
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Love is in the air: Sebastian and his anniversary coffeecake, courtesy of Nadine and Hobee’s special delivery. 

 

Sunday Fun Day: Palo Alto & Sunnyvale Extend Sunday Hours

Sunday just got a little sunnier: Starting September 1st, both Hobee’s Palo Alto and Hobee’s Sunnyvale began staying open after lunch until 9:00 PM! Previously, our employees at both locations had noticed a large number of customers tugging on our locked doors on Sunday afternoons. Now, our fans can stay longer, have a late lunch or savor Sunday supper. The new night got off to a rousing start in September, when we added a special Sunday edition of Kids Eat Free.

Marvelous Mountain View Snags Its 21st “BEST BREAKFAST” Award

We were incredibly honored to once again receive the Best Breakfast award from readers The Mountain View Voice. This was our Hobee’s Mountain View’s 21st straight year on top. We never take these kudos for granted and work hard to secure your vote each and every year. Thanks for voting for us!
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Why only 21 wins? The poll didn’t start until 1991, when the restaurant was already 18 years old!

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Hobee’s Makes Semis Of “SOCIAL MADNESS”

For the second straight year, Hobee’s went deep into the Social Madness contest sponsored by The Silicon Valley Business Journal. All of your Likes, Comments and Retweets on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ took us to the semi-final round, where we fought valiantly against an inspired Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza team. (Willow Street ended up going all the way to the national competition.) The nice consolation prize we received was lots of increased social media buzz. Thanks for your support!

Vice President Biden Enjoys a Visit to Sunnyvale

A capacity crowd at Hobee’s Sunnyvale was treated to a very apecial surprise visit on June 15th: Vice President Joe Biden accompanied U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-San Jose) to breakfast at Honda’s favorite breakfast place. The Vice President, who was in town to support the congressman’s reelection bid, circulated throughout the restaurant and enthusiastically greeted customers and employees. Many had the opportunity to take photos with the Veep, including the Hobee’s staff. At one point, Biden walked back into the kitchen to meet the cooks. When he finally sat down, Biden not surprisingly ordered a piece of blueberry coffeecake. (He ate the whole thing with gusto!)

Several news outlets covered the visit, including The San Jose Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_23469094/vp-joe-biden-drops-by-sunnyvale-hobees-rep

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Sunnyvale Manager Janet Enciso gave Vice President Joe Biden a warm “aloha” to Hobee’s.