PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MacArthur Park proudly shares a long history with our country's armed services and they want to say "Thank You" to the men and women who have served. Veterans and their families (parties of up to six) will be treated to 50 percent off their check from November 2nd through November 22nd. In order to be eligible for the discounts Veterans must make reservations and show their military credentials.
The building in which MacArthur Park now operates, was built in 1918 as a World War I YWCA Hostess House for visiting families of servicemen at Camp Fremont in Menlo Park.
Architect Julie Morgan of Hearst Castle fame was challenged with a budget of only $1,800 for this building; Ms. Morgan's approach combined artistic qualities with utilitarian needs. In what is still a gorgeous space with her "signature" of exposed, functional wood trusses, pergolas, double doors, balconies and fireplaces, the building was enjoyed by generations of servicemen and their families.
After the war, most of the structures of Camp Fremont were razed, but the Mayor of Palo Alto persuaded the National War Work Council to cede the building for one dollar. The building was moved to Palo Alto, just outside the Stanford gates in 1919, where it became the first municipally sponsored community center in the nation.
In 1935, when Palo Alto built a larger community center, the building was again returned to war Veterans: the American Legion Posts 475 and 375. When the Veteran's lease expired, a local contractor stepped in to renovate the building in 1980 and then turned the lease over to MacArthur Park Restaurant.
MacArthur Park's original chef, Faz Poursohi, and restaurateur, Chuck Frank, who launched MacArthur Park in 1981 with Spectrum Foods, acquired the restaurant in April of 2008. They have refocused the BBQ-based menu and refurbished the restaurant's interior, preserving Julia Morgan's original vision. It is with pride that Faz Restaurants in Danville, Pleasanton, Sunnyvale and San Jose will also celebrate Veterans with this special offer.
Today, MacArthur Park is still enjoyed by a local Veterans. Veterans meet monthly to enjoy the proud history and hospitality handed down through the generations in this designated California Historical Landmark No. 895.
MacArthur Park has been about bringing people together around outstanding California BBQ in a casual yet elegant setting for decades. MacArthur Park Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto on University Avenue, adjacent to the Cal-Train station.
27 University Ave,
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Faz San Jose
181 E. Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134
600 Hartz Ave,
Danville, CA 94526
1108 N Mathilda Ave,
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
5121 Hopyard Rd,
Pleasanton, CA 94588
SOURCE MacArthur Park Restaurant