Today, the Dairy Store & Grill at the corner of High St. and Channing Ave. is a breakfast, lunch and milkshake shop which is still owned and operated by the Santana family as it has been (solely) since 1936 when John Santana III acquired it outright. At the age of 81, John Santana remains involved with the business and has partnered with his son James, who runs the day to day operations.
For decades the Peninsula Creamery also operated a popular 50's style soda fountain and grill at the corner of Emerson and Hamilton, just blocks from the High St. store. The Santana family still owns the land at the Emerson location, but the Palo Alto Creamery now resides there. It is written into the lease contract that they are required to remain a 50's style soda fountain and they are even required to mix their shakes in metal cans, the old fashioned way.
Whether you're a Palo Alto local looking to take a walk down memory lane, a local history buff, or you're simply looking for an excellent sandwich and a premium milkshake, take a stroll over to the Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store & Grill - you'll be glad you did.