Calafia Cafe In Palo Alto Suddenly Closes

August 29, 2018
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Google and The Grateful Dead chef Charlie Ayers has closed his Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto.

Ayers opened the cafe in 2009 in Town & Country Village with the mission of:

"We cook and serve California cuisine. Foods that are exciting, foods that are familiar, foods that nourish the body and mind. Come to Calafia for the ultimate farm-to-table experience."

The Bay Area celebrity chef told Palo Alto Weekly that the costs of doing business had just gotten too high.

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"Money wasn't coming through the door anymore," Ayers told the Weekly. "The costs were greater than the take. I couldn't operate that way anymore."

The onetime chef for the Grateful Dead, Ayers won the job of the first Google chef in a 2009 cook-off. He left Google to open Calafia in 2009.