What Do You Wish Were at the Corner of 41st and Piedmont?

The storefront vacated by J's Mexican American Food is looking for a new tenant.

Once upon a time, the triangular building at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and 41st street was a Key Route train station on the transbay line.

Since 1995, it was home to , beloved for its hearty breakfasts of huevos rancheros and greasy bacon cheeseburgers until the restaurant was abruptly shuttered last month.

What do you want to see fill this prominent storefront on Piedmont Avenue?

Linda Treml October 15, 2011 at 01:36 AM
A Great-American Bakery, like to old Neldam's.
Tim Rood October 15, 2011 at 08:41 PM
How about a new home for the Piedmont Avenue public library branch?
Len Gilbert October 18, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Seems a great location for the Piedmont Avenue branch of the Oakland Public Library.
garrett Keating October 18, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I wonder if Piedmont residents agreed to use only the Piedmont Ave and Rockridge branches could our annual $350K+ allocation to the OPL system be dedicated to these two branches? It now goes towards the entire system.
Amy Jeffries October 18, 2011 at 09:52 PM
An interesting idea, Garrett. Are you envisioning an agreement under which Piedmonters would only be allowed to take out materials that belong to those two branches' collections?
garrett Keating October 18, 2011 at 10:18 PM
I'd prefer to have the interlibrary loan service but could live with just those two collections. Bottom line is to get revenue to the Piedmont branch so it could occupy that store front - best location for everyone. I'd accept the trade off. As I understand it, Rockridge neighborhood raise funds for that branch - would OPL accept Piedmont donating to Piedmont and using just the one or two branches?
Tim Rood October 18, 2011 at 11:21 PM
I suspect Piedmonters also use the Main, Montclair and Lakeview branches pretty heavily. While OPL is set up to handle branch-specific donations, I think it would be very difficult administratively for OPL to segment its collection so that some borrowers could only check out materials from certain branches - and don't think it would save them any money to do so. If you go on the OPL website you can request materials from any branch to be held at any other branch, and materials can also be returned at any branch. So they're moving books and materials between branches all the time already.
garrett Keating October 19, 2011 at 01:42 PM
your right about Piedmonters using other branches, that administratively it may be difficult and OPL may not want to set the precedent of diverting funding to specific branches. I raise the idea as a way to keep the Piedmont branch in that neighborhood where it thrives. Relocated to the school it will get less use by the residents of Piedmont Ave, especially Piedmont Gardens. If Piedmont's OPL allocation could make the difference I'd live with to just the two branches.
juliette October 19, 2011 at 04:43 PM
LOVE the idea of a space for the library! Someone else (on Facebook) suggested a bowling alley which is a REALLY fun idea. (Though I'm not sure it is enough space for that) If not the library, I would love to see something entertaining that is fun and fresh and NOT a restaurant, coffee shop or nail place. (Though I love them all dearly - let's give people another reason to come to Piedmont Ave!) Also - an awesome toy store would be great, especially in light of Crackerjacks' closing. Or a children's art/activity center ...
Amy Jeffries November 09, 2011 at 05:02 PM
The word from Sanjiv Handa of East Bay News Service is that J's closed after the landlord delivered a notice that the rent would be going up by $6,000 a month. Sounds like that would put the space out of reach for the library, since $4,250 total a month was too much for the Piedmont Avenue branch to stay put.
Tiffany C November 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Anyone know what happened to crackerjacks? Pretty sad about that closure as well.
Tashi December 13, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Anybody know ? what happent to this restaurant


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