Palo Alto Online: La PanotiQ, now open in downtown Mountain View

The latest outpost of a fledgling Bay Area French bakery-cafe chain opened on Castro Street in Mountain View today, Jan. 19.

La PanotiQ is a family affair, run by father Mikhail Guterman, wife Natalya and daughter Maria. Inspired by trips to France, they opened their own version of a French cafe first in Campbell, then San Francisco last month and now, at 331 Castro St. Three more are due this year in San Francisco, Berkeley and Livermore.

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