One of the Bay Arrea’s oldest restaurants, Mexicali Rose, is shutting its doors.
After 91 years, this Oakland institution will serve its last hot, heaping platters of enchiladas and chiles rellenos with rice and refried beans on Friday, June 29.
A sign posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page cited retirement as the reason:
“After serving The Bay Area for 91 years it is time to retire Mexicali Rose. We will be closing on June 29, 2018. We would like to thank our loyal customers for keeping us in business for four generations. You will be missed. 1927-2018.”
Mexicali Rose, located at 701 Clay St. in the city’s Old Oakland neighborhood, has served a broad spectrum of diners over the decades, including officers from the nearby Oakland Police Department, downtown employees and fans who traveled from across the Bay Area — even across state lines.
Last October, customer Patti G of Gilbert, Arizona, posted on Yelp:
“This is my favorite restaurant in Oakland and favorite Mexican food anywhere. Do your taste buds a favor and go. Been going for over 20 years and now travel from AZ 2x yearly. 1st and last stops are always the Rose.
“Management has changed but a lot of the faces have remained and the food never disappoints.”
The closing comes three years after another legendary Mexican restaurant in downtown Oakland shut down. La Borinqueña, a market-turned-Mexicatessen, had been in business for 71 years.
A recording on the Mexicali Rose phone line Friday night confirmed the closing and indicated that the hours for the final days would be 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, then closed Monday and then open again Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The dining area doesn’t serve new customers after 9 p.m.
Details: 510-451-2450; www.mexicaliroseca.com
Oakland’s Mexicali Rose restaurant closing after 91 years