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Ho Ho Hobee’s for the Holidays!

There’s no place like Hobee’s for the holidays! Every year, the holiday season brings huge crowds to our locations throughout the Valley. Many are loyal regulars, some are old friends visiting from out of town and others are trying Hobee’s for the first time. Amidst all the chaos, we love the opportunity to serve our customers with warmth and cheer. Here’s what’s happening with us during this festive time of year:

NEED AN “ONLY IN SILICON VALLEY” HOLIDAY GIFT?…

You’ve come to the right place! Hobee’s can help you with an assortment of fun, reasonably-priced gifts and stocking stuffers. Purchase at the restaurants or at www.Hobees.com/Retail

As an added bonus for our on-line fans, we’re offering 15% off coffeecake gift tins for the holidays with this coupon.

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AMEX Card Holders: Register to Save on Small Business Saturday!

American Express Card Holders: Here’s an extra incentive to join us at Hobee’s on Saturday, 11/29: This year, AMEX is giving each card holder THREE $ 10.00 statement credits redeemable on Small Business Saturday! All you have to do is register your card and use it at your favorite restaurants (hint, hint) and stores. Restrictions apply. Register today and pass on the message to your friends!

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40th Anniversary Picnic Celebrates Hobee’s Legacy

Over 125 Hobee’s employees, alumni and VIPs gathered on September 22, 2014, at Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park to celebrate Hobee’s 40th year in business. The festive event featured a fajita bar, a salsa contest, a pinata for the little ones and raffle prizes. The winning entries for the “40 Reasons We Love Hobee’s Contest” were also unveiled. Special thanks to Hobee’s VP Camille Chijate for organizing the celebration and to Palo Alto General Manager Jose Valencia for adding his beautiful photographs to our archives. Check out a gallery of fun photos here.

Hobee's gold rush mimosa

Introducing the Gold Rush Mimosa

The debut of Levi’s Stadium has been an exciting addition to the Silicon Valley landscape. Now that the 49er’s are squarely in Hobee’s Country, we thought we’d come up with a special item to welcome the team. Introducing the Gold Rush Mimosa: fresh orange juice, champagne and a splash of grenadine ($ 5.95). Nothing could be finer…Go Niners!

Mary Taber portrait

Remembering Hobee’s Matriarch, Mary Taber (1921 – 2014)

We are sad to report that Hobee’s matriarch, Mary Taber, died peacefully in Hawaii on September 3rd after a brief illness. Mary was with her children, Peter and Connie, at the time of her passing.

At 92 years, Mary lived a full and wonderful life. She was born and raised in Hollywood, California, which no doubt influenced her lifelong passion for movies and television. As a young woman, she made the bold move to relocate to Hawaii. It was there that she met her husband, Paul, on the steps of The Moana Surfrider Hotel. Paul and Mary raised Peter and Connie in Honolulu while owning and operating some of the areas iconic restaurants, including The Green Turtle, The Sand Box and The Hofbrau.

In 1974, Mary and Paul moved the family to Mountain View to begin the first Hobee’s. What was supposed to be a single neighborhood restaurant became so much more. Mary was a key figure in Hobee’s history. In the early days, she loved serving the customers and often made the Energy Blends herself (always adding more whipped cream if she thought the guest was too skinny). Later, as the chain grew, she used her bookkeeping background to head up the payroll department. She worked well into her seventies and signed tens of thousands of payroll checks.

After Paul died in 1998, Mary decided that it was time to return to the island she loved: Oahu. There, she purchased a condominium next to the one owned Peter, who would often visit with his husband, Ed. Mary enjoyed this period of her life immensely. She kept up on the entertainment industry, visited her local Starbucks and enjoyed VIP status at The Halekulani Hotel, where she would dine al fresco at The House Without a Key. Mary was especially thrilled when Connie moved to Honolulu several years ago with her partner, Joe, and daughter, Alex. Connie was a devoted caretaker during the last years of Mary’s life and committed herself to providing Mary a comfortable, peaceful home.

All of us at Hobee’s will cherish the memory of her kindness, generous spirit and hearty laugh. Aloha, Malia!

Hobee's coffeecake painting by Bridget Geiger

Coffeecake Inspiration Wins Local Artist First Place

At July’s Santa Clara Valley Water Color Society exhibit, hosted at Hobee’s Montague, we enjoyed all of the artists’ inspired takes on our slogan “fast, fresh and friendly”. Can you tell why this painting – “Red, White and Blueberry” by Bridget Geiger – really caught our eye? (Hint: Look at the recipe in the right hand corner.) We are now the proud owner of this painting, which won first prize in the exhibition. Bridget is also offering signed giclée prints to any interested Hobee’s Fan. Message us for details. For more on Bridget’s art, see https://www.facebook.com/BGWatercolors

Hobee's iMuntain View photo from old yearbook

Mountain View Voted Best Breakfast for 22nd Straight Year

We won’t call the Guinness World Book of Records just yet, but our streak at the Mountain View Voice is getting pretty epic: For the 22nd straight year, our little restaurant on the corner of Central and Rengstorff has been named Mountain View’s Best Breakfast by Voice readers. Click here to read our write up and explore other award-winning options in the Mountain View area.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us!

Hobee's Montague Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society 2014 exhibit

Hobee’s Montague Hosts Art Exhibition Thru August 2nd

Hobee’s Montague is honored to host the summer exhibit of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society from June 29 – August 2. Local artists, including Hobee’s co-owner Peter Taber, are showing their colorful interpretations of the Hobee’s slogan “Fast, fresh and friendly!”. Customers have enjoyed viewing the installation, and several paintings have been sold.

Earlier in the month, the Society featured Peter Taber on the cover of its newletter. Check out the article to learn more about Peter’s fascinating bio which includes his early years in Hawaii, studies at the prestigious Berklee School Of Music in Boston and – of course! – his forty years at Hobee’s.

Ed Fike portait with marathon medals

Silicon Valley Business Journal Profiles Hobee’s Leader

The June 13th edition of the Silicon Valley Business Journal featured a fun profile of Hobee’s president Edward Fike. The whimsical series “Social Capital” highlights the personal side of the area’s business leaders. Find out about Ed’s quest to do a marathon in every state, the story behind last year’s Joe Biden visit, a notable coffeecake disaster and what he’s embarrassed to admit is on his iPod. Click here for the scoop.

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Love Hobee’s? Tell Us Why and Win a Prize!

We have been overwhelmed by the responses we’ve received to our special summer contest. We asked you to help us compile a list of the “40 Reasons We Love Hobee’s” and immediately received scores of responses ranging from hilarious to heartfelt.

The contest doesn’t get much easier: Tell us why you are particularly drawn to our funky little Silicon Valley chain. To be chosen as one of the 40 Reasons, you’ll need to stand out by being unique and descriptive. (Our very first entry, for example, was a “Hobee’s Haiku” about the Chorizo Scramble.) Three randomly selected entries from our list of 40 will receive one of the following grand prizes: a Hobee’s gift card in the amount of $ 200, $ 125 or $ 75. The remaining 37 selected entrants will each receive $ 20 gift cards.

Fill out a form at your favorite Hobee’s or on-line.

You’ll have thru August 31st to get your entry in. We can’t wait to publish our list, though choosing our winners will not be easy!