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Alameda Acapulco's Reopening

Cecelia Jan 29, 2012 09:11 AM

I know many have not missed the closing of the old Alameda standby, Acapulco. But I've got very fond memories of the dank interior, canned chili sauce and gelatinous (but humungous) entrees. Seriously. I grew up in Alameda. During my day, that restaurant was the best thing on the "island" and hordes of people waited outside for a table.

Mike (owner of Paradise Grill and Best Burger in San Leandro and Paradiso at Willow Park in Castro Valley) has purchased Acapulcos and is revamping the interior and the food. He's purchased the recipes, but says that, while he'll use them as a basis, he plans to include homemade sauces, etc.

Planning permits, etc. are troublesome in Alameda, but he hopes to open in March.

Also, NO MORE wine margaritas. He's working on the liqour license, too.


  1. rcspott Jan 29, 2012 07:07 PM

    35 years ago it was the bomb. Stood in line many times. That place would put a serious hurt on you (in a good way) if you pigged out and finished your platter...

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      foodeye Jul 9, 2012 12:09 PM

      Any updates on this re-opening?

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      1. re: foodeye
        lmnopm Jul 9, 2012 09:07 PM

        I recently saw that they were sponsoring some local event - I don't recall, it could have been something at the Alameda County Fair, or another event, so it would seem that they are trying to keep their name in the public eye.

        1. re: lmnopm
          Pius Avocado III Jul 10, 2012 07:15 AM

          They're on the list for the Urban Wine Experience on 8/18 at Rock Wall.

          1. re: Pius Avocado III
            lmnopm Apr 30, 2013 07:35 PM

            Any updates?

            1. re: lmnopm
              foodeye May 1, 2013 05:59 PM

              Here is the most recent, if you want some of the old menu items from a different location...I have not tried it; if you do, please report back!


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        DinkyDoo Aug 23, 2013 11:57 AM

        Any news on when it may reopen? I drove by the other day and it looked like it was ready (from the outside)

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        1. re: DinkyDoo
          lmnopm Aug 23, 2013 12:53 PM


          Looks like the liquor license is in place. Probably just waiting for some Alameda city inspections.

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          foodeye Aug 26, 2013 08:20 AM

          They did a soft open/invite only last Saturday and are planning to open tomorrow, 8/27. As promised above, there is now a full bar!

          1. p
            Pius Avocado III Sep 12, 2013 01:15 PM

            Brief review/update here:


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