Progress at Restaurant on Former Hardware Store Site

The weeds have been cleared and there's a sign on the front door. After remaining vacant for years, the corner of St. Francis Way and Laurel Street in San Carlos is coming back to life.


There's a Saltbox being planted in San Carlos that should be able to feed the neighborhood.

If the hardware store owner had his way, he'd still be selling nails and other supplies. But he didn't own the building, which was sold several years ago.

The store, formerly White Oaks Hardware, on St. Francis Way and Laurel Street in San Carlos lay dormat, even as the new owners were preparing the way to open a restaurant with an outdoor dining area.

While no workers were around early Friday afternoon, there's certainly signs that the Saltbox will be hopping soon.

While the neighbors certainly appreciated the hardware store, a new restaurant on the south end of Laurel Street (aka 'SOLA'---South Laurel), may provide just the impetus for further expansion.

And who knows? Perhaps that end of Laurel Avenue will suddenly spring to life with lighted trees and a farmer's market of its own.

Is a restaurant what you wanted to see replacing the hardware store? Let us know in the comments.

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Rex February 19, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Well, the hardware store hasn't been vacant for years, maybe one year. But the vegetation in the adjoining lot was there for years.
Carolyn V. San Carlos resident since 1978 February 23, 2013 at 09:52 PM
I was sorry to lose White Oak Hardware. I had heard the building was going to become a bakery. I liked that idea. I thought the idea of a place similar to Vanilla Moon would be great. Customers could pick up some goodies and leave or stay for a short time. I dislike when people use "SOLA" as if it was a bad thing...as if that end of Laurel was an unwanted stepchild.
Julie March 16, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I'm looking forward to having another nice place to eat on this end of Laurel. I like the idea of SOLA - and I work in SOMA - so it is exciting to see positive change in cities even as quaint as ours as we embrace the future.
Lucas April 05, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Did you bother doing any other research than walking by that place? What kind of food will they serve? Are they planting a garden? Outdoor seating? I think local news is great but why waste our time with stupid acronyms and bitterness of losing a little used hardware store. http://www.epackets.net/cache/2/geo1me454wd5majpbff4lr45/1033479104052013114626127.PDF


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