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What Should Go Here: Remodeled Building on the Boulevard

What would you like to see fill this vacant building on Castro Valley Boulevard?

Right across the street from sits a vacant building on the corner of Castro Valley Boulevard and Yeandle Avenue. Prior to its remodeling, the site housed a restaurant.

What business you would you like to see go in this space?

Post your suggestions in the comments section below.

Rai Warbasse January 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
In all the posts I've read, it appears that there is a public outcry for not just another place to eat, but a quality eatery that does more than reheat sysco products. There is an overabundance of Asian + Mexican fair; In the past 6 years I have seen 2 decent Italian restaurants and one French food restaurants disappear which were all replaced by Asian restaurants (or nothing at all). I’ve also seen failed attempts at bakeries. The size of this building limits to nothing more than a café style eatery. I would love to see a comfort food café that uses local ingredients and unique recipe’s that cater to Castro Valley’s eclectic & diverse population. I would also love to see a local bakery co-op similar to the very successful co-op bakeries in Oakland (taste of Denmark and Arizmendi).
Ken Martin February 02, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Would you believe that there are some of us that don't think In-n-out is really all that good? The building was originally intended to be an automobile oriented diner, ala the 1950's. This is according ot a conversation I had with Tony Gemignani when the building was under construction (modification?). At that time, Tony was apparently very much involved. (The last time I talked to him on this subject he simply told me that the diner was his brother's deal.) Since then, other diner-type (comfort food) operations have come into existence, among them Caper's and Norman's (good 'burgers at either of these places). Now it appears that another diner might be redundant. However, it does seem that this would be the best use of the building since that was its designed purpose.
David Ross February 02, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Are you talking about the place being a diner (like Norman's - American food, no carhops) or a drive-in restaurant (like Sonic - American food, with carhops)? I would love to see another diner in Castro Valley. It's my favorite type of sit-down restaurant.
Ken Martin February 02, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Neither one, David. What I'm saying is that we DON'T need another fast food joint (read In-n-Out Burger). Capers and Norman's are not diners by their very design and nature, but they do serve the same kind of food. You are certainly not going to see carhops at the facility at Yeandle and CV Blvd. The very design would prevent that. The building they tore down (the old A&W) would have allowed carhops. No way with the new one nor at Caper's or Norman's.
anthony February 02, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Looks like a DMV from the photo. Crisp lines though... car-hop sushi, skates and all.

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