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.

David Ross December 19, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Because it's already outfitted as a restaurant, I think a restaurant that we don't already have here should be here. In no particular order: - In-n-Out - Wienerschnitzel - Arby's - a BBQ joint
Nancy Pascale December 19, 2011 at 11:47 PM
anyone know why it is not going to be what it started out as?.........Tony from Pyzanos` place?........I vote for In-n-out.
David Ross December 20, 2011 at 01:02 AM
If I'm not mistaken you can thank the county government for it. What I heard is that Tony wanted a wood fired oven. The county, with their anti-business, "it must be green regardless of the fact that science doesn't back it" attitude, denied the permit.
Nancy Pascale December 20, 2011 at 02:23 AM
Interesting.....I heard he and his wife were splitting up and he needed the funds for that venture, rather than the diner......i was looking forward to it.
Ken Martin December 20, 2011 at 05:11 PM
You're confusing the brothers. Tony now has five other restaurants. The diner, according to Tony in a conversation with him, was Frank's deal. It was Frank, not Tony, that was divorcing his wife. I guess that it is possible that this had some bearing on the diner not being completed. What we DON'T need is another fast food joint (read In-n-out Burger). It would be good to have a decent diner as was originally intended. Unfortunately, in the current business and economic climate, it is probably be very difficult to find anyone that is willing to make such an investment. David, I have also heard the story about the denial of a permit by the county but have not followed up on it. I'll check on it.
Nancy Pascale December 20, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Thanks for the clarification Ken.....I doubted if Tony would have any problem with opening up a new restaurant!
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Thanks for updating us all, Ken. I too have heard the story about the wood-burning oven.
JULIE JOHNSON December 21, 2011 at 06:11 AM
Jeff Johnson Obviously this site is far too small for In-n-Out, besides the fact that we don't need another fast food joint. A specialty diner or cafe would certainly be a good use, but getting a party to make the investment is the hard part. Getting to the MAC meetings to discuss this and other vacant properties might get the issue some publicity and show potential investors that C.V. citizens want new businesses to patronize.
Nancy Pascale December 21, 2011 at 07:18 AM
of course we do not need another fast food place here, but wouldn`t it be nice to trade in all the existing for one good quality such as In/Out?
David Ross December 21, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Who says we don't need another fast food place. I think it's better to have another fast food place with the accompanying jobs it creates in this unused building than having nothing in the building. In-n-Out also offers higher salaries than most other fast food places.
Nancy Pascale December 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Good point.....but if you will check around, everyone says we have too many fast food places on the blvd.
Rai W. 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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