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Chevy's in Redwood City Closes Suddenly

Without warning, customers drove by Chevy's Restaurant on El Camino in Redwood City this week to find it empty, locked up and dark.

Fans of the Mexican chain restaurant were met with disappointment this week when they drove by the longtime location at 2907 El Camino Real to find it empty and dark - closed suddenly, and without warning.

Fans turned to the restaurant chain's Facebook and Yelp pages to try and find answers.

"Sad to see that the Redwood City location closed," wrote Melanie Hellmann on the Chevy's Facebook page wall.

"One day open, the next day closed, [with] no reason....sad," wrote Tricia Y. of Atherton on the Redwood City location's Yelp.com page.

"I hate to lose Chevy's. Restaurant competition is fierce in this area, and there are other places to go, but their chips were addictive," wrote Julie D. of Redwood City on Yelp.

According to an Oct. 4 Bloomberg News article, the owner of RM Restaurant Holding Corp., the company that owns the chains of both Chevy's Fresh Mex and Acapulco restaurants, filed for bankruptcy recently, citing the downtown of the U.S. economy has led to a decline in sales.

Slowly, over the past few months, the company has been closing many of its U.S. restaurant locations - including the one in Redwood City.

Representatives of Chevy's have been responding to fans' outcries on the company's Facebook page.

"We're truly sad to see these locations close too," read a Facebook wall post on Dec. 19. "As you may know, Chevys is restructuring and have had to make the hard decisions to close certain locations in order to make Chevys stronger for the future. We thank you for your support and hope that we can continue to serve you in the future."

"Chevys is NOT going away," another message from the company relayed on Dec. 23. "We are doing this all in an attempt to make Chevys stronger for years to come. Thank you for your post and happy holidays to you too."

Some regulars expressed concern over what would happen to the restaurant's longtime employees, losing their jobs suddenly - especially right before the holidays.

"I will miss the food, but I also am sad for that location's great staff and hope that they find success in the future," wrote local fan Stuart Schmitt. "In particular, managers Kevin and Duncan were class acts, and Jinto was one of the most competent and thoughtful servers I have ever met. I wish them luck."

In response, a company representative said the company does its best to transfer employees who lose their jobs when a location closes to other, more successful locations.

"We’re glad to tell you that Kevin is still with Chevys, now in Santa Rosa, and Jinto is with Chevys in Mountain View," read the company's reply. "We were unable to relocate Duncan to another Chevys location, but he received tenure-based severance."

Though many are sad to see Chevys of Redwood City's downfall, new businesses have been popping up around Redwood City at an increasing rate lately, .

New restaurants and cafes in Redwood City over the past year include the American-style comfort food of , a new , , Japanese food, sandwiches from and , gourmet cupcakes from , and more.

 

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COH December 26, 2011 at 06:31 PM
I live near Chevy's and it was always PACKED, especially on weekends. What is their criteria for 'successful'? I heard that the landlord was unwilling to negotiate the lease. Will it remain vacant as long as the McWhorter's location has, where the landlord ALSO refused to negotiate? I say the city should try to bring Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor BACK to Redwood CIty. (Yes, they are back in business and expanding - headquarters are in SoCal.) They could go in the old Gaylord's Indian Restaurant location - still a vacant lot. They could go in the old Copenhagen location which has been for sale for YEARS, where the deal with Walgreen's fell through. What is WRONG with these landlords??? What's going on with the Mel's Bowl location? I though the big apartment (condo?) complex was a done deal - it's FOR SALE.
COH December 26, 2011 at 06:34 PM
I guess you could consolidate all the "Massage" - slash - "Spa'" parlors in the area (6 and counting...) in the Chevy's location. The girls woulnd't have to move from 'spa' to 'spa' to provide their services, they could have one mega location...
Chip Krug December 26, 2011 at 07:22 PM
In your mention of other new restaurants, you one that deserves note: Sabor Colibri took over the old Ladda Thai location, just off Broadway on that alley across from Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
becky December 29, 2011 at 02:57 AM
We had poor service every time we went to Chevy's in RWC. Take out food was horrible. Steak had fat all over it in steak fajitas. Food wasn't ready when came for take out. Brought a service dog with us to eat there and were ignored and not seated. The guy went in back and did not come back to seat us. We had to go in and say we wanted a seat. Do you think we were waited on then? Not for a really long time and it was NOT busy. We quit going about five years ago due to poor food, service, promptness, and take out problems. I will not miss them. Wish Chili's or TGIF would tale over the place. Miss the Chili's in Menlo Park
Rocky Dennis December 29, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Food and service was declining
John Foley January 03, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Hey-stop moaning---it's Redwood City---aka North Mexico---you have lots of Mexican restaurants to go to that will include unsanitary conditions and possible food poisoning at no extra charge.
COH January 03, 2012 at 06:56 PM
BRING BACK FARRELLS ICE CREAM PARLOR!! http://www.farrellsusa.com/index.php
Stacie Chan (Editor) January 04, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Thanks for the restaurant tip, Chip! http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/new-restaurant-sabor-colibri-suprises-and-delights As a huge fan of Mexican food, I'm always excited to hear about new ones opening :)

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