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La Palapa Closing Again?

Original post made by Oliver Heaviside on Aug 4, 2013

So, the come-and-gone Mexican joint at Hopyard and 580 is gone gain. Does anyone know why? They seemed to do a decent business in an area that needs affordable lunch places. And what happened to Jenny the bartender? She was the best of the staff there.

Comments (14)

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

Not surprised. It's even worse than the previous restaurant that was there, El Balazo. Check out the Yelp rating and reviews of La Palapa: 2-and-a-half stars out of 5. Pretty bad.

Posted by Pam, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

If I'm not mistaken, this place was owned by the son of the previous owners of el balazzo who had some sort of serious tax issues and were shut down. I think they then re opened under the son's name and changed the name. No surprise that this didn't work out if it was the same group trying to get around the system. Good riddance.

Posted by Daniel, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

El Balazo had a good run for a few years at this location. I enjoyed grabbing a big, tasty burrito here after work. Their chicken mole was awesome. But then the portions really shrunk, the cost went up, and the quality went down, so I stopped going. When La Palapa open up, I had high hopes, but the food was just as overpriced and bland.

Posted by Map, a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

How soon we forget about this family run restaurant that got caught employing illegal immigrants, and had a good run at tax evasion and tax fraud..... Plenty of other local restaurants in town that need our support and play by the rules. Adios la palapa, one down. One more in town to go!!

Posted by Oliver Heaviside, a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Oliver Heaviside is a registered user.

The food was.... marginal, even on a good day. But I like the bar service. Jenny was attentive, you could watch sports, and it was not _too_ noisy. Anyone know if she has landed a job elsewhere?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

Oliver, are you a serious drinker? catch my drift?

Posted by Oliver Heaviside, a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

Oliver Heaviside is a registered user.

You mean, am I some lightweight wannabe? Some no-talent amateur? No, I am not. But thanks for asking! ;-)

Now, what about Jenny? And the rest of the staff? They could be starving....

Posted by Oliver Heaviside, a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

Oliver Heaviside is a registered user.

Time flies. It now says a Peet's Coffee and a Specialtie's Cafe will open soon, though the pace of construction kinda redefines "soon".

Dang! It was a nice neighborhood bar.


Posted by Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

Fake Post: Dated Aug 12 2013 - 10:38 am IS NOT MY POST. BUSTED!

Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Looks like you were right on top of that one, cholo. Oliver, 'nice neighborhood bar'? Slimy cantina is more like it. Anyway, it's history for many good reasons. Specialties is supposed to have very good food. Change is good, as they say...

Posted by Citizen Paine, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm

I'm going to really miss this place. Me and my fraternity brothers would go there on Saturday nights just to blow off steam. One of the guys thought we were a bunch of conformist rich kids and gave us a hard time by disagreeing with us about a lot of things. I think he might have had socialist tendencies, and he took things really seriously. As if the troubles of others out in the world should concern us! He was smarter than most of us, and that made his views all the more harder to swallow. We always felt as if we were being upstaged. Well, one night, we just kicked him out. Cuz, you see, he didn't conform with us -- his parents weren't wealthy, and he was unable to just chillax. Nope, instead he was always nagging about how our fraternity didn't have any minorities. Well, it didn't, but what's the big deal? Well, we chased him away. Yep, I'm sure going to miss old La Palapa.

Posted by Guest, a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

I say bring back Buttercup!

Posted by Sam, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Always amusing to see how some topics in the PW quickly degrade into drivel.

Posted by Map, a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Adios la palapa, good riddance mama Rosas, they are both gone now, the tax man cometh, immigration did what needed to be done. Hopefully now we will get two decent restaurants serving good food in a clean environment using hopefully local help being paid a decent wage. When they open I will try them at least once, if decent they deserve our support, if like the previous shady operation may they spiral down in a ball of fire

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