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Another Castro Valley Business Bites The Dust: JD's Closes Its Doors

Reports of JD's Restaurant closing were confirmed today.

Updated 8:45 p.m.

Along with the rain, some sad news fell upon the Castro Valley community today. has closed its doors for good.

Reports were first brought up on the CVLegends Facebook page yesterday and then confirmed on the Castro Valley News Facebook page today, which stated it had spoken with the owner, Bill Yates.

Castro Valley Patch phoned Yates for further comment but have not received any call back.

We first heard talk about the possible closure last Tuesday from one of our readers and paid the restaurant a visit. After speaking with a few employees on March 6, none seemed aware of the restaurant closing.

Neighboring businesses were shocked to hear the news.

employee Patricia Borzin told Patch a server from JD's came into the shop last week but did not mention anything about the restaurant closing down.

's assistant manager Ken Whitney III said he noticed the eatery wasn't keeping their normal business hours the past few weeks.

JD's has been around for more than two generations. Opening in the mid 70s, by the original JD. It was then bought in 2007 by Yates. Though he kept the name JD's, he intended for it to be an acronym for Justin's Dad's Restaurant, named after himself. He had a son named Justin.

Over the past few years, the eatery had undergone multiple construction projects — from making changes to the exterior and interior to redoing the parking lot.

The long-time Castro Valley restaurant is the second business to close down in recent weeks.

Thomas Clarke March 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
JD's was the greatest breakfast in Castro Valley at the least and ranked right up with those in the East Bay. I will miss the place.
Nancy Pascale March 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I am not surprised it is closing.....never was the same after the original JD left....same thing happened to Dougs.....people hang on because they think it is the same, but not even close to the excellent quality it used to be......it was the BEST!
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
What were some of the things you guys loved getting on its menu? Maybe it didn't make for the healthiest breakfast, but growing up I remember always ordering the strawberry shakes when we ate there in the mornings.
Carol Parker March 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Weren't they originally known for their pies, specifically pecan and other holiday pies?
ali March 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
This shows that Castro valley board is running everyone out of town. They need to take a look in the mirror and realize everything they touch turns to coal. We NEED new leadership
Summer Hemphill March 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
"I smoked half a joint,it made me so hungry I ate the other half" - Rodney Dangerfield . While some may not have the appetite for cannabis dispensaries here,it would certainly do a lot to stimulate the appetites of those who do !!! Warning: If you have the munchies avoid donut shops at all times because law enforcement has them under surveillance twenty four hours a day !!
Cliff Greenberg March 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM
@ali: What leadership? Castro Valley is not incorporated, has no board: our "leadership" is the Alameda COUNTY Board of Supervisors, and CV is only a small part of their responsibility. My menu favorites were the Brunch special sandwich, Turkey Club, french roast coffee, and the occasional strawberry waffle. We "only" have 3 $tarbucks, maybe they will open here & continue to run the locals out of town.
Heather Mellon March 15, 2012 at 04:59 AM
If you want to find a small way you can help support local businesses (owned by locals themselves!), then join us for one of our "Cash Mobs". We're having one in San Lorenzo and one in Castro Valley on March 24. You can find more information on Facebook, Cash Mob Castro Valley (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cash-Mob-Castro-Valley-CA/201213983316163) and Cash Mob San Lorenzo (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cash-Mob-San-Lorenzo-CA/289821354419328). Let's chip in and show our support for local businesses!
Ken Martin March 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
It looks like the "Over-the-Hill" gang has committed another murder. Instead of patronizing local merchants and, in this case, restaurants, they run over the hill. Consequently, we have suffered two great losses in a month.
reenie b March 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM
back in the start of JD's i was pregnaunt with first born jD's was my favorite place to eat didn't know the owners son was Justin cause thats what i named my son justin , justin don middle after his father however we always refered to him as J.D. I will foresure miss the restaurant it held lots of fond memories. Especially loved the fresh squezzed orange juice. J.D.'s cafe i will always remeber you on castro valley blvd. 1980.
Lisa Baria March 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Been going to J.D.'s for over 25 years, truly sad to see another family business going out of business. Great cup of coffee, nice music to sit and have breakfast or lunch at. Prayers to the family and workers and all circustances that surround this. Now I have to go all the way to Jim's in Pleasanton, old Doug's place workers are there.
MK March 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I am so disappointed. They had a delicious crab sandwich and th BEST chocolate milkshake in the area. So sad though my waistline is probably glad to avoid the temptation.
SB March 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I miss JDs already ! excellent food current owner and past--so sad to hear. I find it hard to believe it was a financial reason the place was ALWAYS busy. Prayers to all involved. Support small business!!
J B Camel March 22, 2012 at 03:39 AM
One of my favorite breakfast places. I wasn't around for the original owner, but this guy did an excellent job. Went frequently (as recently as a week or so ago) and the food & service were always TOP NOTCH. Can't imagine why they closed - always a super busy joint. Sad, really. PATRONIZE YOUR LOCALS (unless, of course, they suck).
martin freer October 07, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I worked at JDs in 1982 when i came from England,i loved it miss all the good folks miss JD
Kelli Abatangelo-Gault November 01, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Your last comment hit home. Patronize your locals unless they suck. So many times we have businesses go under and the patrons or lack of are always to blame. Sometimes, it's because the place is lousy. Take Boulevard Burgers. They won't last long because they are over priced and the buns are too greasy and meat is tastless.
Matt Lekas March 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Nick & Gus' the Original hole in the wall Restaurant Great Breakfast, homemade Hashbrowns, Hash and their Old Fashioned Burgers, would be a Great fit at the old JDs. Used to be on 12th & Broadway Downtown Oakland a big pictorial History.

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