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Palomares Cafe Relocates to Lake Chabot Road

Chef and Owner Shebli Massarweh announced that he just signed a lease to reopen the restaurant at the former Pizza Town building.

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.

Aside from Chabot Liquor, Palomares Cafe will also join and Eden Medical Center and the up-and-coming Sutter Medical Center sit across the street.

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."

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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.

Thomas Clarke March 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Analisa, sure appreciate the continuing coverage of Shebli and the Palomares Cafe. Keep up the good work.
Ken Martin March 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Well, there's the answer to your question about what should go in this building! This should be a better location for him. Being on the wrong end of 580 Marketplace put him out of the sight of the major traffic there. I'm sure the rent is lower here which will be a big improvement for him. Palomares Cafe is (was, will be) the best restaurant in Castro Valley. We are looking forward to the re-opening!
Aram Anthony March 22, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Welcome to the west side of town!
Norma Kvool March 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Glad to see another building will be renovated and brought back to life. I was not a patron at the old location, but am looking forward to trying it in the new location. I think there are so many vacant business spaces because of landlord rent gouging.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Haha! That was the first thing that popped in my mind when I came to this building, Ken! Shelbi said the rent is cheaper here. He said he'll definitely keep us updated!
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Thank you for the kind words, Thomas. I appreciate it!
Gale Rhoades March 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I never heard of this restaurant until it closed its doors. I look forward to the reopening and promise to sample the chef's wares many times!
Nancy Leigh-Smith March 22, 2012 at 07:11 PM
$15,000 a month!!!??? Given the number of vacant properties in Castro Valley, I can't imagine why the landlord would offer to drop the price only a little. Only the money businesses (banks, realty and title companies, etc.) can afford rents like that. I hope that the new landlord is offering the long-vacant building at a reasonable rate so that we can keep a good restaurant in Castro Valley. I wish Shebil Massarweh the best of luck and more business with this new location. I can't help but wish that the landlord who evicted him has a little trouble filling his vacancy.
Jasmine Buescher Clemmons March 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I continue to be shocked at the high rent at 580 Marketplace. We are losing good businesses right and left. Looking forward to Palomares Cafe reopening - great restaurant
Ken Martin June 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM
If it hadn't been for the ridiculously high rents in the 580 Marketplace, we might have had a Lunardi's market here instead of the boring, uneeded, second Safeway. If you want to see how nice this would have been, check out Lunardi's in Danville. Gale, another case of not looking around. Palomares Cafe advertised every week in the Castro Valley Forum.
John T. Carney August 19, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I am a musician/ composer of ragtime, etc, for piano and live right around the corner from where you'll open on Lake Chabot. Do you still do performance venues? i have a repertoire, depending on how long a show you require. However, it would depend on the time issue as far as how long a show you require, etc. I had heard you did live music shows at your old location. Was that correct? I'm interested if would be doing this same sort of thing at your new location.

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