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1950's-Style Diner to Open On the Boulevard

"Boulevard Burgers #2" is expected to open in a few months.

After years of vacancy, construction and curiosity by passersby, the will soon reopen as a 1950's-style diner according to the Castro Valley Forum

The Forum reported this week that local restaurateur Mike Wiesner plans to open "Boulevard Burgers #2" at in the coming months.

Wiesner owns and Boulevard Burger in San Leandro, along with at in Castro Valley.

According to the Forum, aside from dishing out diner fare like "top-quality" burgers, milkshakes and malts, Wiesner also plans to serve beer and wine. It reported that Wiesner is in the process of trying to acquire permits to do so.

Bill Lambert, Alameda County Assistant Director of Economic Development, said he has spoken with the landlord of the building who has told him that the diner is expected to hopefully open around June.

Castro Valley Patch was unable to reach Wiesner for further comment.

David Ross April 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
:Yes, I realize the profit is in booze but I was hoping this would be a true diner. Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, milk shakes, and comfort foods like meat loaf and mac-and-cheese. That said, I wish the owners good success. They have a great competitor in Norman's Grill - the best place to eat in Castro Valley.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I'd check out the menu items of Boulevard Burger No. 1 in San Leandro. Perhaps they'll be similar. We still haven't heard back from Wiesner to confirm this. The article stated that they would serve hamburgers, malts and milkshakes.. not sure about the others you mentioned.
Robert Hudson April 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Boulevard Burgers in San Leandro is excellent. The beer and wine selection is only a compliment to the menu...the burgers (grass fed beef, turkey and vegetarian) are the main attraction along with the fresh sweet potato fries and shakes. Mr. Wiesner's Paradiso Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in the area and BB has become a very popular addition to the neighborhood.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Thanks for sharing this great info with us, Robert. I'm a sweet potato fries fanatic so this is great to hear!
Thomas Clarke April 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Robert you are so right, Boulevard Burgers are excellent. It will be exciting to see if Mike Wiesner is able to squeeze out another ABC license in Castro Valley. The last time I heard through Nate Miley's office, the Unincorporated Area density of places that may sell beer and wine is past saturation. That being said it will be very nice to have a quality burger place to make up for the passing of JD's at the least. I look forward to the grand opening this summer.
Rachel Bradley-Gomez April 27, 2012 at 08:04 PM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/boulevard-burger-san-leandro#hrid:Xyj02ZOnUCoM5mcAUNntEg - when I last tried Boulevard Burger I was sorely disappointed and have not returned for the reasons outlined in my detailed review linked above. However, even a mediocre dining establishment opening in that location will be a step, albeit a baby step for Castro Valley's dining scene.
Thomas Clarke May 04, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Analisa, based on your write up and the responses, it appears that this will be a Boulevard Burger #2, not a 1950's style diner like Emil Villa's, correct? Nothing wrong with Boulevard Burgers, but competition with such esteemed dining hot spots such as Doug's, Dino's and Shari's would be welcome indeed.
Nancy Pascale June 23, 2012 at 04:08 PM
All the good ones are leaving....Acapulco in Alameda, Bancheros, JD`s and Pyzanos` in Castro Valley and even Yans` in Lafayette, excellent chinese food.......where has all the history gone?
Kristy Hughes June 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Wow, Norman's Grill as competition? I had a burger there and it literally tasted like they boiled the meat. Absolutely terrible meal! Glad somebody likes it.
Thomas Clarke June 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Kristy, you are so right. I have eaten there twice. No more. I had a burger and fries both times. First was not bad, about a month after their opening. My wife and I ate lunch there three weeks ago and it was awful. I suspect that they are doomed to failure.

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