ALAMEDA — The Gold Coast Bistro and Bar, the restaurant on Park Street at Clement Avenue, will close Sunday after 25 years of serving up classic Mediterranean food.
Anyone wishing to stop by on the last day for one of the restaurant’s popular Greek dishes or for a cocktail at the bar should make a reservation: The corner spot likely will be packed with longtime customers who want to say goodbye.
“We are sorry we are closing. It’s not something that we wanted to happen,” said Marika Tsagris, the daughter of one of the two men who founded the Gold Coast and who has recently been running the business. “But we didn’t have a choice.”
The owner of the property issued a 30-day notice to vacate on Sept. 23. The restaurant’s lease ended in June and its owners were hoping to renew it. But the effort fell through.
“It was out of the blue,” Tsagris said about learning that the restaurant would have to close.
Owners Christos Marras and Stelios Tsagris, both natives of Greece, met when they were working as waiters. The pair agreed they would rather be running their own establishment and so opened La Grenouille in Oakland in 1979.
La Grenouille closed in 1987. But a few years later, Marras and Tsagris, missing the friendly interaction with customers, decided to get back into the restaurant business and opened the Gold Coast in June 1992.
The men thought the Alameda location was perfect: Just across the Park Street Bridge from Oakland on a corner that thousands of drivers pass daily. At the rear is a parking lot.
Named after Alameda’s Gold Coast neighborhood with its majestic Victorians, the restaurant boasts a full bar, a private banquet room and, until the need began to focus on closing, it offered catering services
Among the items on the menu are veal medallions, eggplant parmigiana and slow braised lamb shank, as well as Moussaka, a Grecian casserole of ground beef, eggplant, potato and béchamel.
Starters include a Greek sampler plate and Spanakopita, a dish made up of Grecian phyllo pastry, spinach and feta.
Both Maras and Tsagris recently have been ill, which prompted Tsagris’s daughter to step in and try to keep the restaurant going until the sudden notice to vacate.
The restaurant’s 23 employees will be out of work when it closes Sunday. One waiter has been there 25 years, ever since the business opened its doors. The most recent was hired about …
Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle