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Nibs Closed 'About a Month' by Fire

Nibs in El Cerrito, a longstanding popular local diner on San Pablo Avenue near City Hall, will be closed about a month because of a grill fire, according to a notice from the owners on the boarded-up entrance.

Nibs restaurant on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito – a popular local diner famous for generous hamburgers, friendly proprietors and loyal customers – is closed temporarily because of damage from a fire, according to the owners.

A handwritten sign on the boarded-up entrance from owners Alex and Hannah Yook says:

Dear Nib's Customers,

We are sorry.

Nib's will be closed for about a month.

The grill caught on fire. Please Wait for that moment of time to come back. 

We are sorry again.

Thank you,

– Alex & Hannah – 

The fire occurred Feb. 24, according to the El Cerrito fire department.

A large sheet of plywood covers the door at the rear of the building that serves as the entrance. Shattered glass littered the ground on a Patch visit Monday afternoon.

The sign from the owners is covered with hand-written notes from customers saying "God bless you" and wishing the couple good luck and pledging to be back. 

Christina Slamon March 05, 2013 at 05:52 PM
"See you tomorrow! Don't be liar." I love that and we will miss them for our weekend breakfast while they are closed.
Toni Mayer March 05, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I hope they're back a soon as a month! Nibs, Alex and Hannah are a treasure!
Dorothy Coakley March 05, 2013 at 07:46 PM
"See you tomorrow" is what they say to all their regulars...great sense of humor!
THOMAS BUELL March 05, 2013 at 09:30 PM
nine days later is not " BREAKING NEWS " CRIME MAKES ON PATCH FASTER !!! THIS PLACE IS A BREAK FROM THE POLICE REPORTS !!! WHAT HAPPENED, TO MUCH FAT IN THE BURGERS ?????
Borris Batanov March 06, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Ate there twice. Never more. Would only bring my mother-in-law there.
Toni Mayer March 06, 2013 at 07:09 AM
Thanks for sharing.
Fred Hagen April 04, 2013 at 03:09 PM
My wife and I visit from Florida once yearly to visit our grandchildren, and Nibs was one of our daily pilgrimages. For us, it was a truly special place, and, if wishing could make it so, it will soon be back as wonderful as ever. Godspeed!
Toni Mayer April 05, 2013 at 04:50 AM
I keep meaning to run by there to see if there's an update. It would be so nice if Patch were truly local as it was before and could update this sort of information instead of flacking real estate.
Dorothy Coakley April 05, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Yep. I noticed that the West Contra Costa TImes is picking up the slack...knock, knock, Patch...anybody home? We're going to find "local news" somewhere else soon. As for Nibs...I think I'll roll by and check. (Someone at City Hall knows new info...its right across the street from them. )
Lori Madeline April 26, 2013 at 03:28 AM
I drove by recently and there was a For Sale sign in the window! What's going on?
Toni Mayer April 26, 2013 at 05:52 AM
I stopped by last week and saw the signs in the windows. There were workers sitting in the back of the parking lot having lunch. They indicated Nib's wasn't coming back, although I don't know details. This is why the current Patch is such a disappointment. Under Charles Burress's editorship the Patch would have known and posted that information.
Dorothy Coakley April 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I agree with Toni. The old Patch would have sent Charles or one of their number out to check. (Folks, its across from City Hall, easy peasy.) The new Patch will wait until enough of us have commented. Declare it a "popular article" and launch a poll. Let me save you the time, Patch: "What would you like to see in the building formerly occupied by Nibs?" (Check one) A massage parlor, a staff break room for police officers, a race track or a (money on this one, gents )cool little Greasy Spoon.
rink May 02, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I agree with Toni and Dorothy. Where's the Nibs update from Patch? Nibs is a well loved eatery in EC. It's shameful that there has been no update. When I asked Charles about this in March he sent someone out THAT same day!
Lisa Marie May 09, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Can we please get an accurate update on Nibs?
Lisa E. May 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
I hope Hannah and Alex bring Nibs back. It was our favorite breakfast spot. See you tomorrow...

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