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Landmark Hacienda Restaurant Bites the Dust

It was demolition day Wednesday for the long-closed Hacienda restaurant on San Pablo Avenue next to the El Cerrito-Richmond border. The site also contains a former Albertsons/Lucky store set to become a Grocery Outlet.

Longtime local residents will remember the many years that the Hacienda Restaurant stood as a familiar landmark with its large sign and palm trees on San Pablo Avenue near the El Cerrito-Richmond border.

The 6,100-square-foot restaurant, run by the late Antonio Carrico and his late wife for more than 56 years, has sat empty for a number of years.

On Wednesday, it was being turned into rubble as heavy construction equipment chewed into chunks dumped into large trucks and hauled away.

The space it occupied with become additional parking for the large surrounding site, whose main occupant is a long-shuttered, former Albertsons/Lucky store. That building is being remodeled as a home for Grocery Outlet. The property straddles the El Cerrito-Richmond border.

Patch thanks reader Janet Enos for alerting us to the demolition and submitting a couple of the accompanying photos.

Katherine Meurer February 28, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I noticed they are building walls in the Safeway @ Moeser. Does anyone know what's going on?
Dorothy Coakley February 28, 2013 at 08:41 PM
The palms, the palms...hopefully they will be saved. That's how we history buffs find our way back into reveries of the past...
Roxy Miravalle February 28, 2013 at 09:09 PM
lots of pictures being posted on my Facebook group by members as the demolition progresses: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GUITBA/
Matt February 28, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Great. A giant parking lot next to a rehabilitated creek and park. If there was enough parking for the former Luckys/Albertsons, when why is additional parking needed for a new grocery store of the same size? I assume they will be making sure the water runoff from the lot will not run directly into Baxter Creek?
John Stashik February 28, 2013 at 09:33 PM
No need to gripe about parking. Without lots of it Grocery Outlet would not consider moving onto the property. Better to have a viable business there than an abandoned store.
Dorothy Coakley February 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Great FB site, Roxy. Thanks!
Alex Pareja March 01, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I believe that the old restaurant will be CVS store, that would makes even better! can't wait till they all open, it's a walking distance for me.
John Stashik March 01, 2013 at 02:46 AM
There is no Walgreens on that corner yet.

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