Popular Greek Restaurant closes after two decades of business

November 18, 2023 by No Comments

Recently, one of Oakland’s best Greek restaurants closed after more than two decades of business. The family-run business was generational and closed due to failed lease negotiations with the landlord. According to a statement made on their Instagram, Simply Greek served over 1,345,000 gyros during this period which shows just how popular the joint was with locals.

On Instagram, Simply Greek wrote: ‘To all the wonderful friends and customers of Simply Greek Oakland: With heavy hearts, we regret to announce that our grills and gyros spits turned on for the last time yesterday. Our lease has expired and after repeated negotiations, we were unable to come to an agreement as to how to proceed without causing financial hardship. From all of us to all of you, thank you so much for all your continued support and love over the years! We will truly miss you all.’

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Unlike most restaurant closures, it looks as though Simply Greek wasn’t struggling and was clearly a successful business. However, if a landlord says no then there is very little an establishment can do about it.

Located on Piedmont Avenue, it is not known what will replace Simply Greek, and the restaurant did not mention the prospect of re-opening elsewhere. Understandably, Oakland residents may feel somewhat frustrated to see this spot go which will certainly leave a Greece-sized hole in the local food scene.

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