Blue Chalk Cafe was a pool hall-turned-nightclub and bar located at Ramona Street in Palo Alto. It opened in approx. 1993 and was started by a pair of Stanford graduates. The owners had also owned a small chain of restaurants called "Left At Albuquerque". When it opened it had replaced the London House English Tea Room.
On July 13, 2008, when 27-year-old Philip Lacy of Millbrae, California was shot and killed in front of the business; and Otto Emil Koloto was convicted of his murder committed during the course of a robbery. With the increase of crime issues, Blue Chalk Cafe closed in early 2010.
- Cooking Up a Concept (December 1997), from Stanford Magazine
- Blue Chalk erased from Palo Alto night life scene (February 4, 2010), from The Mercury News
- Blue Chalk Cafe quietly shuts down (February 5, 2010), from Palo Alto Weekly
- Man convicted of Palo Alto street murder (March 20, 2010), from SFGate
- Downtown murderer loses his conviction appeal (November 22, 2011), from Palo Alto Weekly