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Aug 26, 2006 02:08 PM

Chevy's in Alameda closed

I know it's not exactly a top Chowhound destination, but Chevy's was one of the only non-fast food places I could walk to from my office in Marina Village. Could be a very pleasant place, out there by the water, to enjoy a long lunch and maybe a margarita or two. Anyway, a group of us went to go for lunch there yesterday and found that it was closed down. There was a handwritten sign on the door saying they had lost their lease. I think this location was the original Chevy's before they became a chain.

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  1. That's too bad. It was the original restaurant location and the food was fresh, they had reasonable vegetarian choices, and it was probably one of five places in the east bay that I could reasonably take my spirited kids for a sit-down meal. Hadn't been in a while, though. The service was really going downhill: waits for food became excruciating w/ hungry kids, they'd forget to bring orders and still charge for them, etc. Maybe that's how chains work...

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    1. re: MollyGee

      I had some problems with that location as well, such as them bringing out chips and salsa but no water for twenty minutes. Someone at another table offered us a glass since my companion was choking, and the waiters just kept walking right past...

      Was there a sign indicating what will replace it? I cannot imagine that that location would not be snapped up immediately.

      1. re: merle

        No - no indication of anything coming to replace it yet. I think this was a quite recent development. The only thing the sign on the door mentioned was the other Bay Area locations that are still open.

        I'd been three or four times in the past couple of years, and I never had a problem with the service bad enough for me to remember it.

        1. re: Martin Strell

          Maybe something just as good and locally owned will replace it - we can only hope. You're right, not so chowhoundish, but if you have kids with you, or just need a quick meal or a beer, it was perfectly decent as far as chains went.

    2. That's really too bad. We didn't go often, but it was a very pleasant place to eat - lovely view of downtown and the Estuary right outside the window. Outside seating, too.

      Often it was very crowded and you had to wait, but we didn't mind. Sad to see it go.

      Chevy's is NOT the place to go for Mexican food (yucky), but the fajita plate is still good. Now the only close one is in Emeryville - it's actually also very pleasant and you can sit outside on their deck over the Bay.

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      1. re: oakjoan

        Fajitas are the way to go at Chevy's.

        The Richmond location does them (and everything else) much better than Emeryville.


      2. How had the branch been doing? I'm wondering if it had been kept going out of respect for its founder, Warren Simmons, who died about a month ago.

        1. I hadn't been there in a while, but it was usually packed except in off-hours. We often had to wait for a table.

          1. Chevy's fell on hard times a few years ago and was bought, almost out of bankruptcy, by a company called Real Mex, which also owns Acapulco and (I think) El Torito. I would be surprised if this location was snapped up quickly. If it was a rent issue, Chevy's could have ponied up the cash if it still remained profitable. If they couldn't sustain it with their sales, someone would have to do really, really well to afford that much square footage.

            The more important question to me is, where is a decent place to eat if you work in Marina Village? I wouldn't eat a second time at any of the places in the Albertsons plaza (well Dog Out but not to often), Oatez has disappointed me once to often to go back and Tran is ok but not great. Do I have to bring my lunch every day?

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            1. re: foodfan

              Dim sum at either East Ocean or Chef's Wok. I think they have "regular" lunch specials as well.

              What about India Palace? I know they have a buffet, is it open for lunch?

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Yes, India Palace has a respectable buffet for lunch. The usual suspects. Tandori chicken, etc. Not bad if you need to eat in the area.

                Waterfront Deli at the Marina isn't bad either.

                Angela's is a sit-down restaurant in Marina Village Plaza. I've been pretty disappointed both times I've gone for lunch. I think I saw that the readers of Alameda magazine voted the chef there as Alameda's best chef, but at my two lunches there, I saw no signs of anything special.

                Katsu Chicken at the Hawaiin barbeque place is pretty good too, but any further discussion of them should go on the chains board.

                Yes, after changing jobs from downtown Oakland and moving to Marina Village in Alameda, one of the biggest shocks was the change in lunch choices. (I bike to work, and I won't bike through the tube.)

              2. re: foodfan

                Wow, a few of us seem to work in Marina Village! Anyway, I bring my lunch most days, but otherwise I've been enjoying the garlic shrimp from L&L Hawaiian BBQ and the sausages from the DugOut. Also the Chinese food at East Ocean is quite good. Plus I'm a sucker for lamb curry from the India Palace buffet. Sometimes we'll head into Chinatown to eat at Cam Huong. I convinced my coworkers to try the New Zealand pub fare at the old Croll's building once.

                1. re: Nineteen

                  I work on the old naval base - there is a Cambodian place in China town called Phnom Penh that is yummy. Papaya salad is good - make sure ask for white meat chicken or you might get some scary stuff. If you want to drive the deli Bacci on Lincoln just past Constitution is also delicious. I also 2nd the Waterfront Deli - pretty good stuff.