It's been seven years since the Almaden Feed & Fuel was shuttered, and now the building on Almaden Road is gone, too, demolished in late October after standing for more than a century.
However, a key piece -- the bar's trompe l'oeil mural by Los Gatos artist John Pugh -- survives. If you visited the Feed & Fuel in its heyday, you probably remember the painting of a then-modern bartender -- reports vary on whether her name was Meg or Sheri -- with her back to the viewer, staring at a weathered cowboy standing at the old wooden bar.
Roger Springall, who salvaged some of the Feed & Fuel's furniture when he opened Caffe Frascati in downtown San Jose, helped to safely remove the wall the mural was on before the building was torn down a couple weekends ago. The original plan was to auction the piece and use the money to raise money for an Almaden Valley charity and preserve the memory of the Feed & Fuel.
But Blondie Barnd, a longtime former owner of the Feed & Fuel who had Pugh paint the mural back in 1985 for the then-new dining room extension, had the idea that it should just be put on display in Almaden Valley for the community to enjoy. Unfortunately, the first two choices for a display site won't work: The walls at the New Almaden Community Center are too small and the Quicksilver Mining Museum doesn't have the space.
Let's hope the search is a success. It's a mural that's been out of sight for too long already.
AN EVENT WITH CHARM: Designer and Sydney Evan founder Rosanne Karmes will be at Neiman Marcus at Stanford Shopping Center this Thursday and Friday for a custom diamond charm and bead bar event.
She'll be around from noon to 6 p.m. each day to help customers select pieces to make their own beaded bracelet or necklace. And you know she's got a pretty good eye, with her jewelry showing up on stylish celebrities including Emma Stone, Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Zoe Saldana.
DIG INTO HISTORY: Kids will get a chance to get in touch with their inner Indiana Jones on Saturday at Archaeology Day at History Park in San Jose. Stanford Archaeology Center students will conduct a mock excavation and artifact identification at the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Chinese Historical & Cultural Project and the Stanford Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project also will have a brief program at 1 p.m. (repeated at 2:30 p.m.) to launch the new exhibit addition. "There Was a China Town Here."
Admission to History Park at 1650 Senter Road and the archaeology activities are both free Saturday. Go to www.historysanjose.org for more details.