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Amelia’s Restaurant Shuts its Doors

Residents are disappointed to see the Salvadorean and Mexican restaurant go.

Paper is covering all the windows of on Broadway Street.

The phone line has been disconnected and Yelp.com has listed the restaurant as closed.

A person named Jesse R. claiming to represent Amelia’s posted on Yelp explaining:

“Amelia's Restaurant has faced some challenges and had no choice but to close. We understand Amelia's wasn't just a restaurant with awesome pupusas, but a place where families, friends, and co-workers gathered... ate, laughed, had a good time, and helped shape the downtown scene. We would like to thank all of you for your many years of support. On a good note, we are working hard to find another location and re-open Amelia's. If you have any questions feel free to email us at ameliasrestaurant@yahoo.com.”

Residents were clearly disappointed to see the restaurant leave.

“This amazing Redwood City institution has been satisfying its customers for a generation (at least 25 years),” said Karen Gernand. “We were so disappointed.”

The restaurant was known for its authentic homestyle Salvadorean food, including pupusas, enchiladas and the homemade fruit drink and tamarindo.

“The plantains here are perfect,” wrote Heather O. from Woodside. “Literally PERFECTION after having sat in a take out box for 20 minutes.  God bless them!”

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John Johnson September 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Another institution, The Great Wall Chinese restaurant recently closed and is looking for a new location as well. I wonder if the City is doing something different that is making it more difficult for businesses downtown?
Michael Craig September 10, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It's still the Economy Stupid. If people are unemployed they obviously are cooking at home. It amazes me that Californians don't seem to put 2+2 together and figure out the reasons why small business's are failing is the failing economy. I can't wait until November!
Matt DeGraffenreid September 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Michael, I beg to differ. Over the last few years Redwood City has basically become Restaurant City which means that more and more people are eating out and not cooking at home as much, that includes myself. I have known several businesses that have had to close and/or move because the real estate is so much more valuable these days and leases are getting harder to renew with the already established restaurants. A lot of development downtown is driving these changes. Your comment that Californians don't seem to put 2+2 together regarding the economy is nothing more than a blanket statement that I find insulting. Like you, I can't wait for November either!!!
COH September 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Sounds like some landlords are smelling money in Downtown Redwood City. Way to go. They will kill the progress made down there by getting rid of all the long-standing restaurants and shops all for the almighty dollar.
COH September 10, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Do a search on Redwood City and Silicon Valley. WE are the bubble. It's greedy landlords that are ruining it. And they probably ALL vote Republican! (Greed is the Republican mantra - I goit mine, you get screwed.) Yes, WE get it - and OBAMA, does too. In FACT - he even graced our little town with his presence a few moths ago.
COH September 10, 2012 at 06:21 PM
If Redwood City & Atherton would WAKE UP - they would improve the barrio section of Middlefield and make it an additional destination location. Are there any plans to improve that sad, sorry, section of Middlefield between Woodside & Atherton?
COH September 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Republicans never get it.
Lola cordova September 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
The city of redwood city is making it hard for small business they rather have the big chain restaurants Take a look at main st they took the Monday night jazz And moved it to broadway didn't care about the small Business on that street didn't even bother to let them know They had moved it Amelia was one of the first restaurants There and now it's force to close because of high rent The city needs to ltake interest at family own business
Paz September 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I was so disappointed too specially my 5yr old she loved Amelia's pupusas!!! :(
residentwithopinions September 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Have you ever thought that maybe the food wasn't very good, they failed a health inspection or something out of control other than rent? The Restaurant business is one of THE HARDEST industries! Turnover is high and that is just a fact a business owner knows is a risk, unless they just expect the government to bail them out . I agree, that It's sad to see long standing places close their doors but that IS what happens in this crappy economy thanks to Obama being more focused on other things when he had control of the senate than REAL job creation.The stimulus did not and is not helping. And you know what, good landlords, work hard to KEEP tenants! I know commercial landlords in RWC and in their buildings rent is SO LOW right now in this area you have to give away free months just to get somebody to look at your property. Take a look on Loopnet and see all the vacancies, it's no joke, it is BAD right now and there is hardly anybody starting businesses banks are sitting on tons of money and it's hard to get a loan. Republicans are not all greedy. It is personal attacks like this that just make the liberals who say them look more and more stupid. Just sit at your desk and keep collecting your government job paychecks, pensions, and vote Obama and you won't have to worry about anything else, especially greedy Republicans who like budgets, less government, better schools and less taxes for EVERYONE!
COH September 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
residentwithopinions They were an established business - for 25 years. They are looking for another location. The landlord RAISED the rent. The Great Wall also closed - and is looking for another space. THEY RAISED THE RENTS now that Deadwood City is finally coming to life. They USE and abuse the old tenants, and now only see $$ signs. JUST like the greedy De Anza managemant at Woodside Plaza who forced McWhorters out. HA HA! The gym that was supposed to move in, went into the old Blockbuster store on Woodside! And the McWhorters space has been vacant since last JULY! (2011). Their GREED has lost them over a year in rent revenue. The lanlords in DT Redwood City will suffer the same fate. Unless they bring in all chains who can afford the $15,000 a month for a 1000 SF space. And YES - the city leaders should do all they can for the LONG TIME stores and restaurants who were there during all the bad years, only to get shoved out by greedy landlords when the getting is getting good. Too sad for words. They propped up downtown when no one was going there and now they are hung out to dry. Thanks for being there - now get out.
COH September 10, 2012 at 09:16 PM
What rock are you living under? "vote Obama and you won't have to worry about anything else, especially greedy Republicans who like budgets, less government, better schools and less taxes for EVERYONE!" Perhaps you should actually TURN OFF FOX and READ Ryan's Budget that GUTS education, teachers, programs for the poor, medicare, medicaid, Head Start, disability, eliminate the minnimum wage, END Tax deductions for mortgages & charitible giving, etc. And then kiss your Medicare GOODBYE, while minionaires get a 250,000 tax CUT and the middle class pays $2000 more per year. (And those same Republicans call themselves CHRISTIAN!?!?! Jesus WEEPS!!!! "Who cared for the least among you cared for me.") A vote for a Republican these days - is a vote to cut your own throat. Just how do you intend to PAY for better education etc.
residentwithopinions September 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
COH I do not live under a rock, why do you have to personally attack me, I'm just trying to add another point of view to the discussion and you are getting angry and yelling, much like most of the DNC last week. RE landlords; Do you work for De Anza Mgmt? Can you link to the facts to support your claims or are you going off the talk at your gyms H20 cooler? Like I said a "GOOD" landlord usually tries to work with their tenants if they are worth keeping, bc during tough times lower rent is better than a vacancy. Property Management companies tends to be tougher and less flexible than a landlord who might only own a couple properties. Please note that I do not speak for those "greedy" landlords you talk of which I am sure exist, but I guess my rebuttal is don't lump all landlords into that category. BTW if you do a little research (http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-75302861.html http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-122965164.html) McWhorters went out of business a few times and was bought up and then closed, probably due to Amazon/Walmart/Target/Staples etc. My guess is the management company probably had to chase down the rent for a few months, or didn't get it at all because they weren't able to pay it. I don't understand this entitlement that because it was here for 25 yrs it should stay? How about, if the business was run properly it would still be here. Or if we never had the internet how many business would still be here? Things are always going to change.
Jim September 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I find it hard to believe that a restaurant with 7 microwave ovens in the kitchen couldn't be successful.
Kristen Archibald-Moreau September 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I know the Landlord. They DID NOT raise the rent, as a matter of fact tried to work with them for years. Please stop blaming property owners, the City and Republicans/Democrats. As a business owner downtown, I know it's hard to make a small business successful. But I know I'm the one to make it or break it....the only one I can blame is myself.
Michael Craig September 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
This thread only shows me that the DNC Class Warfare has really suckered a lot of Dems in. If you look at facts it is a horrible economy-of course that is outside of our insulated high tech bubble world in Silicon Valley. You may feel good about yourself driving to work in your hybrid car, voting democratic but in case you had not noticed-45 MILLION people are living below the poverty line so last time I checked-it is not Bush in office but Obama for the past 3+ years. If Obama were running the high tech company you work for-he would have been replaced as CEO a looong time ago. Americans are the shareholders of our country and we are sick of Obama bankrupting us since 2008. I know many people personally who have been out of work for over 2 years who are highly educated with Masters degrees etc that cannot find work who have never in their life been out of work more than 1-3 months-now it is years! Many Americans have run out of 99 weeks of Unemployment and are now claiming Disability so they can get SS checks! Is this really something that Dems can still blame on Bush? Seriously?! Wake up! I guess if you want to use your SS check to buy papusas it is up to you-but most people living in poverty would buy a bag of rice instead. If you are making 100K a year at Google and can afford to go out to eat-good for you-the rest of Americans are not so fortunate and that includes small business owners such as a restaurant owner.
lili valeriano September 17, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I agree with COH. they would improve the barrio section of Middlefield and make it an additional destination location
David honea December 13, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I went by to Food from the AMelia'srestaurant tonight but they're closed and I'm so Sad. It's hard to find pupusas. Made with rice flour. That was 1 of their specialties My hats off to you at Amelia's restaurant

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