After , will make a comeback by reopening at the new location in Castro Valley.
told Castro Valley Patch that he just signed a lease to the building at 20390 Lake Chabot Road last week.
"Castro Valley has been good to me," he said. "We have loyal customers. that's why I wanted to stay here."
Owner Sung K. Oh of the neighboring store said It used to be an eatery called Pizza Town.
Despite the new location of Palomares Cafe, Massarweh said everything else will remain the same — the food, the staff, the phone number, and even the copper-topped bar from the original restaurant at 3779 East Castro Valley Blvd.
This key piece of Palomares Cafe, along with other furniture and decor from the former restaurant, currently sit inside a warehouse in Dublin.
According to Massarweh, the rent at the former location was too high for him to stay in business, especially when the economy took a turn for the worst. He was barely hanging on by a thread— paying more than $15,000 each month.
Despite the landlord offering to slightly drop the rent, it was still not enough. Massarweh said after more than five years in business at the space, he was evicted on Feb. 22.
He hopes to open at the new place in a few months after he finishes fixing it up and gets the building and business permits squared away and approved.
"Please hang in there," Massarweh said. "We hope it won't be too long before we reopen."
Editor's note: This article was updated on March 23 due to misunderstood information reflecting Chabot Liquor and it's owner, Sung K. Oh. My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.