As previously reported on tablehopper, ACAPULCO in Alameda is reopening. Mike Wiesner of Paradiso in San Leandro and his business partner Gordon Galvan have purchased the restaurant. The two previously collaborated on Boulevard Burger in San Leandro and Castro Valley. They are still working on permits for the Acapulco building, but hope to open within the next six months. One of the reasons he and Galvan jumped to buy the spot was because they had such fond memories of going to the restaurant 30 years ago, and wanted to bring the spirit of the family restaurant back to Alameda. They will keep many of the old menu’s standbys, like chile verde, chile colorado, and what Wiesner described as Acapulco’s “excellent” chile relleno. There will also be Mexican restaurant staples, like enchiladas, tacos, and chicken plates, and lots of new seafood choices. All of the sauces and tortillas will be made in-house.
The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner every day, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Wiesner isn’t sure yet how late they will stay open, as they want to be sure to respect their neighbors. There will be outdoor dining, too, on sunny days. There aren’t many details on the space yet, because everything is currently gutted and awaiting permits for new plumbing, electricity, and a whole new kitchen. They have, however, already received their liquor license and will have a full bar. The old Acapulco’s was infamous for their wine margarita, but this new incarnation will offer the real deal. Now that’s something to drink to. 2104 Lincoln Ave. at Willow, Alameda.
Acapulco exterior. Yelp photo by Greg G.