Sheila Himmel



Posted on Fri, Jun. 21, 2002


Well-known Palo Alto eatery will close, reopen in new spot
By the Mercury News


Perry's Palo Alto is moving and in its place will be a new upscale Vietnamese restaurant run by one of the daughters of Silicon Valley's Vung Tau dining dynasty.

Perry's will close next Friday at 546 University Ave., but owner Perry Butler plans to reopen in the late summer in a site on Bryant Street downtown.

About the same time, the owners of Tamarine plan to open in a location that has defeated restaurant after restaurant. The nearer-to-101, below-Cowper Street jinx does not deter Tam Thanh Huynh, whose family runs three popular Vung Tau casual Vietnamese restaurants in San Jose, Milpitas and Newark. Huynh also has her own restaurant, Tam, in Milpitas.

She has hired eminent restaurant architects, the Engstrom Design Group, of San Rafael, to transform an American grill into a contemporary Southeast Asian restaurant with gallery space for Bay Area Vietnamese artists. Engstrom designed AP Stump's in downtown San Jose and Parcel 104 in Santa Clara.

Tamarine's menu will be pan-Asian, with touches of Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, and a focus on smaller plates.