February 2020
25th Annual Celebration of Leaders Awards Gala
We invite you to celebrate with the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce for our 25th Annual Celebration of Leaders Awards Gala.

We celebrate to honor Mountain View businesses and business leaders who have made exceptional contributions and service to the Mountain View community. These outstanding honorees have all given generously of their time and resources to help make Mountain View a vibrant and unique community.

Please join us in honoring these outstanding individuals and businesses. The awards will be presented on:

Friday, March 6, 2020
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

New & Renewing Members
Interested in Helping Local Students?
Check out the AVID video below and find out how you can help. Contact Dawn Maher at dawn@chambermv.org for more information.
Our first partnered networking event of the year was a huge hit. We sipped wine and networked with our friends from the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce. This event was hosted by the Los Altos Tasting Room .
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Business ConneXions Group Meetings
February 5, 2020, 11:30am - 12:30pm, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce - 580 Castro Street, Mountain View

Please be our guest at the only Mountain View Chamber-affiliated networking group! Benefits of joining the group include making business connections within the CoC, practicing speaking about your business, benefiting from the expertise of others, expanding your referral network, and being more connected with the Chamber's goals and influence.

Guest speak will be Maria Marroquin, Day Worker Center of Mountain View
Maximize Your Membership: Tools for New & Renewing Members
February 11, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce - 580 Castro Street, Mountain View

-Are you using our website & social media to showcase your business?  
-Are you or your team participating in the over 90 events that the Chamber hosts each year? 
-When was the last time that you visited ILoveMV.org?
-Where IS the Mountain View Visitor Center? 

Join us for information speed sessions on mastering the member portal, leveraging our marketing & communication tools, understanding how our Government Affairs efforts impact your business and understanding which of our programs and events are the best use of your time.  
Business Issues & Public Policy Meeting
February 12, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce - 580 Castro Street, Mountain View

Identifies and acts on key issues of interest to Mountain View businesses. Areas of focus include local, state and federal legislative issues, as well as business and industry related issues such as transportation, development, regulation and business trends. The committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Mountain View Chamber.

For more information, please contact  gov@chambermv.org.  
4 Chamber Business Expo
March 25, 2020, 5:00pm - 7:30pm, Mountain View Community Center - 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View

Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss this. The Four Chamber Business Expo is back! This collaboration with Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale Chambers is one not to miss. One of our largest mixers with businesses exhibiting! Be sure to attend with plenty of business cards.
Community News & Events
Complimentary Downtown Parking
Downtown Mountain View Restaurant Update
Content from February's Old Mountain View Newsletter by Max Hauser

Popular Sichuanese restaurant Chef Zhao Bistro (400 Moffett Blvd.), opened by a chef who'd taught cooking in Chengdu (where Land of Plenty author Fuchsia Dunlop also learned the cuisine), closed in June for remodeling but remains shut. Reportedly, sewer pipe repair took so long that Zhao dropped plans to reopen, and the landlord (connected with several other area restaurants) may start a different restaurant venture there.

The front restaurant of Mervyn's at 236 Castro (formerly Teaspoon) became Umai by Mervyn's, with Japanese menus including sushi and curry rice. Teaspoon had announced a move to 134 Castro, where the long-proclaimed "3 Kingdoms Classic Hot Pot" nears completion and has posted a hiring notice.

Tied House , the landmark 954-Villa brewpub-restaurant since the 1980s that had recently phased out on-site brewing, remodeled, and publicized plans to close temporarily for more upgrades, instead closed permanently in December. Press reports quoted an owner saying contamination from the site's history as a dry cleaner was recently found to be more extensive, frustrating the plans.

Changes on Villa Street, I: 841 Villa (long Korean restaurant Totoro, briefly its successor Song Pa, most recently Sweethoney Desserts) reopened in December as Noodle King, with a locally unusual, regional-Chinese menu. Such as fried leek dumplings, "fish-shaped pastries," dishes with cold buckwheat noodles or tomato & eggs, and huge biangbiang noodles (a comfort-food specialty from Shaanxi Province, bordering Sichuan). I've now sampled it twice and will send notes in a separate message.

Changes on Villa Street, II: Venerable Japanese Ramen House Ryowa (859 Villa) posted a licensing change notice early January announcing a new owner (KJ Fish, Inc.) and new restaurant coming, Maruyama Mountain View. Maruyama is also the name of a respected upscale sushi restaurant up the peninsula. -- After I wrote that a couple of weeks ago, Elena Kadavny got more of the story from Ryowa, due to close at the end of February:

At 743 W. Dana, Niji Sushi closed late 2019. Kakaroto Japanese Restaurant soft-opened there mid-January.

Nick the Greek "souvlaki and gyro house," a rapidly growing local chain, is "coming soon" to 298 Castro, which most recently housed Rocket Fizz.