Ike’s Lair Opens its Doors, and Other Small Business News for Redwood City

Which businesses in Redwood City are closing? Which new shops and cafés can we look forward to opening soon?

Welcome to Redwood City Patch’s newest column, Sprouts and Shutters, bringing you the latest in business news for Redwood City.

Look for Sprouts and Shutters on our site whenever there’s business news to share—such as, which businesses are closing, and which new businesses you can look forward to opening soon.

Got a small business news tidbit to share? Tell us in the comments, we love to hear from you!


SPROUTS: Ike’s Lair, 2655 Broadway St.

Ike’s Lair is finally open! This small chain, with only two to three locations on the peninsula, celebrated its much-anticipated opening in the at the corner of Broadway and El Camino on Monday at 10 a.m. This sandwich shack is known for its daring and creative sandwich recipes that boast equally creative names, like “the Vader,” “the Spiffy Tiffy” and “Name of the Girl I’m Dating.” Ike’s Lair is known for getting quite busy, particularly during the lunch rush, so the owners recommend calling in your order before popping by at 650-637-8903.

For those in the Redwood Shores area, there's one at 555 Twin Dolphin Dr., Ste. #115.


SPROUTS: Patty Shack, 909 Main St.

Move over, Five Guys—the Patty Shack is in town! This burger place just opened on Main Street in early June, and will finally be celebrating its official grand opening on July 16. Yelpers and Facebook fans alike have been touting Patty Shack’s burger genius for weeks with positive reviews; perhaps this is because Executive Chef Gary Shelley formerly ruled the kitchens of Alexander’s Steakhouse in San Francisco.

“If you want a good burger, that’s the place to go. It’s really yummy,” says Nina Kadera of the Downtown Business Group. “The business is doing very, very well.” Check them out and tell Redwood City Patch what you think!


SHUTTERS: Citrine New World Bistro, 885 Middlefield Road

Citrine New World Bistro, known for its exotic world fare from everywhere from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Rim to Latin America, closed its doors on May 31. “With warmest regards, we would like to thank all of our loyal guests for coming to visit us these last four years,” the owners wrote on their website.

Nina Kadera of the Downtown Business Group says, it is unclear why the bistro closed. “Most times, around here it is either, not enough business, or an increase in rent they cannot afford,” she explained. “But, I’m just speculating. I’ve been trying to find out for some time why Citrine closed, but the owners have not returned my calls.”


SHUTTERS: , 851 Middlefield Road

Marble Slab Creamery, which serves up fresh ice cream mixed with your favorite toppings on an ice cold slab for you to see, will soon be closing its Redwood City location. Representatives from the Downtown Business Group say the creamery has not announced what day it will close, and has not given a reason.

Claire Felong July 12, 2011 at 02:37 PM
I see from their menus that they have GLUTEN-FREE breads, YAY. Finally a deli I can go to with my friends.
Donna Collins Williams July 12, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Sandwich Spot has opened across the street from Pamplemousse, and Spaghetti Factory is coming. Also- a new Sushi Place in Bob's Courthouse former location.
Jennifer van der Kleut July 24, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Donna - thanks for the tips! Our first 'Sprouts & Shutters' column was popular so now we will be bringing it to you every Monday. I will look into these new businesses, thanks!
Jeni September 06, 2012 at 06:16 AM
I LOVE Ike's and I'm so glad that it came to Redwood City. However, it really bothers me that they put all of the customers' sandwiches in white paper bags automatically/methodically, whether the customer is getting it to eat there or for to go. It's SO WASTEFUL to put sandwiches in bags and then the customers pick them up, carry them to a table, and eat there and then throw the unused bags away. Ike's does this because they can't be bothered to have the cashier ask "For here or to go?" and secondly, if if it's "for here," they can't be bothered to write "for here" on the receipt so that the sandwich makers don't use a bag. It's easier for them to just have the default of putting everything in a bag, no matter what and not care about the environment. SO WASTEFUL!!!!
Claire Felong September 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I agree, Jeni. Routines may help speed things through but they don't alway help customer relations or the environment. They are required to determine if it is eat-in or take-out to properly charge you. There is sales tax on eat-in but not for take-out.


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