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What's Happening at Park St. Wienerschnitzel?

A new restaurant will be opening in late summer or fall in the old Wienerschnitzel building at 1527 Park St.

The sparkling fresh paint on the old Wienerschnitzel building at 1527 Park St. is a sign of good food to come.

Joy Robinson, who grew up in Alameda and attended Notre Dame High School (now St. Joseph Notre Dame), will be opening a gourmet barbecue restaurant there in late summer or fall.

"it will be upscale barbecue, with all fresh ingredients, but still affordable," says Robinson, who is putting in long hours to prepare for the opening.

Still undecided: a name for the new business and an opening date. Robinson says she's still working with city and county agencies to comply with all the regulations that govern restaurant operations.

Meanwhile, she's continuing with her current job, overseeing food service at Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, Monterey Co.

Robinson said the restaurant will be mostly takeout, with some outdoor seating on site. She's hoping to add other services — catering, delivery, perhaps even carhops reminiscent of old-time drive-ins — after the business opens. 

Her son, Lawrence Robinson, will be one of the chefs, and she's looking for another cook as well.

Wienerschnizel, a hot dog franchise which occupied the distinctive structure since at least the 1970s, closed without fanfare earlier this year, and the building was vacant for several months.

Donna Eyestone July 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I hope you choose a name that fits the "A" of your building -- making it seem more like your building rather than a repainted Weinerschnizel. Wishing you good success in your new venture.
JenAlameda July 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
How about adding grilled veggies and bbq tofu for we many vegetarians?
Cabforles July 20, 2012 at 04:42 PM
How about a good Hot Dog Too!!
Lisbeth Allen July 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Yes, please!
virgo July 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Awesome, I love BBQ! I can't wait for her restaurant to open.
Anonymous Johnson July 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Don't get me wrong - I love me some BBQ. But ANOTHER East side BBQ joint? Has this guy done his market research? Great American is darn good BBQ, and Loony's isn't bad either. But this town can't support three within 15 blocks of each other. What's next, another Salon or Yogurt Shop?
Tarooka July 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Good luck Joy ! Who cares what other people deem worthy of Alameda? Let capitalism florish and if the product is good, people will support it. However Anonymous J conjures up a great thought - a combo yoghurt nail salon.
margaret dos santos July 20, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I think good barbeque is a great idea...in my opinion the island does not have good barbeque....hope this is the one...good luck...
buddah462 July 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I agree with Anonymous Johnson......what ALAMEDA needs is a good FISH and CHIPS place........too many mexican, chinese, pizza and japanese places in town.
Dan Druff July 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I agree with buddah462. Alameda could do with a good Chipper (Fish & Chip shop). An Irish or British Style chipper would be a most welcome addition.
chuck July 20, 2012 at 07:11 PM
good luck Joy and lots of fun with your new venture. I wanted that space too and had some ideas for it,,, it looks like a fun location.
Kk July 20, 2012 at 08:16 PM
It's "Wienerschnitzel" (from Wien as in Vienna), not Weinerschnitzel
John Piziali July 20, 2012 at 08:24 PM
there is a good reason for so many Mexican, Chinese, pizza and Japanese places in town. Its because people like that food. I'll try to be nice but there is also a reason we don't have a lot of British Isle restaurants in Alameda. So please Joy go ahead and open your B.B.Q.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM
My goof, I think i wrote this fairly late at night. Thanks for the correction, I'll fix it now.
virgo July 21, 2012 at 02:34 AM
i LOVE fish and chips! hobnob has some good beer battered ones.
Heather July 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
How about Blue Roof BBQ? Our family loves BBQ, so we're happy to hear this news. If you're interested in sticking with an Americana theme, think about serving homemade apple pie too!
bim bam boo July 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I'm just glad that the location won't be used to sell Christmas trees.
Producer July 22, 2012 at 06:00 AM
I love BBQ but I agree with Dan. It would be great to eat Some great Irish or Brit style food. Alameda could use something different.
dlane July 22, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Use to be der Wienerschnitzel...18 cent for a hot dog...my first job at 15 making $2.15 an hour...good memerories.
510gal July 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Alameda is still lacking a Korean restaurant!
Tom Brody July 23, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Yes, fish and chips would be nice, plus other things from the seashore, such as steamed mussels and fried oysters. If a fish and chips restaurant materializes, they should fly a Union Jack and have a photograph of the Queen, and perhaps pictures of daring British sea captains and explorers from an earlier era.
Tom Brody July 23, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I agree!!! I crave bi-bim-bap almost every week. Telegraph Avenue, somewhat to the north of the tall buildings in downtown Oakland has a great Korean restaurant (west side of Telegraph). The neighborhood ain't great, but inside, the decor is elegant. Also, Broadway in Oakland has an astonishingly good Korean restaurant, located perhaps a mile to the west of the art college on Broadway.
hobnob July 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM
There was a korean restaurant way back when. It's Angkor grill now, but that was its location. It never had business and closed down about 2 years after I moved to Alameda. The food was good too... not sure if there was enough business for them, we ate there and it was never packed.
Tom Brody July 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Okay, here is my solution for stimulating business in the City of Alameda. We need to establish The University of Alameda, with a prospective enrollment of 20,000 students. With 20,000 students, and a few hundred underpaid professors, this amounts to about 21,000 hungry mouths to feed, and plenty of "ka-ching" for local merchants (not just for Korean food restauranteurs). I am capable of teaching classes in biochemistry, nutrition, pharmacology, and patent law. I have a neighbor who is able to teach university-level classes in English and History, especially Chinese history. Are there any fund-raisers out there who can help out? I envision the campus, at least the early forms of this campus, to replace some of the struggling merchants and empty buildings at the South Shore Mall.
Lisa E. November 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Name it, The Q

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