91 year old Mexican restaurant closes // Oakland

This Oakland institution will serve its last hot, heaping platters of enchiladas and chiles rellenos with rice and refried beans on 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, 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.

The place is divided between a bar and restaurant with tables and chairs. Patrons at the bar — who gathered to drink margaritas and watch the World Cup match between Germany and Sweden mid-morning — echoed how the restaurant had the best margaritas in the Bay Area. Aztec-inspired murals surrounded the interior of the restaurant.

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