What Should Go Here? Pearl's Burgers Space

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers at Alameda South Shore Center closed Jan. 27. We'd like to know what Alameda residents would like to see in its place. You can tell us in the comments.

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers at the Alameda South Shore Center closed its doors on Jan. 27, leaving behind quite a few disappointed fans of its burgers.

"They're always so busy – I can't believe they're closed," said Briona James, who works at nearby Massage Envy. "A lot of us eat here a lot, so they'll be disappointed."

The closure came less than two weeks after owner Young Han Yi complained to the Planning Commission that the Saturday food trucks were killing his business, according to the Bay Area News Group.


What would you like to see as a replacement for Pearl's? Please tell us in the comments.

Michael Hyman February 09, 2013 at 07:33 PM
There are some bakeries around. There is Panera in the mall. There isFeeling good on Park and the Croatian store on Webster. I'm sure there are others. There are also cafes that sell treats like blue Danube and wescate among many others.
Guy Stevens February 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Going to really miss Pearl's would go there for lunch frequently. They had a great veggie burger on a really seedy whole grain bun! Good onion rings too! The food trucks do make a difference to the local restaurants on Saturday's for lunch. It is a shame that Pearl's was running so close to the wire that it was the final straw that broke them. Any one know of a good veggie burger on the island? Especially one that is open on the weekend? (Burgermiester is ok, but not great). We gave the food trucks a try when they first came. Expensive, long lines, longer wait, and not as great a selection as one would think with all those different trucks. Maybe they help the dieing mall maybe not.
hobnob February 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I have and it's decent vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Asian flavors... so it kinda tastes the same to me (I'm chinese by the way). My hubby is a huge carnivore, so I don't get to go a lot, but it's got good yelp reviews. I'd return for a second meal.
hobnob February 12, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I don't know what business you have Ken, but I just wanted to also be a voice of support. the food trucks bring a lot of foot traffic to the mall, this is probably the most important reason the SS mall wants the trucks. However, I do agree, it will take away from Brick and Mortar restaurants, how can it not? It's like extra "temporary" restaurants without the overhead of a restaurant. Restaurants costs hundred(s) of thousands of dollars to just open, not only do you have to pay for the rent, but you'd have to literally pay for everything that's inside a restaurant. Some become establishments and support teams, etc in the city. My one gripe about food trucks is indeed their prices are REALLY HIGH for a type of truck that is relatively suppose to be cheap to get off the ground, like say $50k instead of $100k that is what the minimal investment for a restaurant now is. Food trucks do impact all the restaurants in Alameda. Yes, you may not patronage a restaurant at all and rather eat at the food trucks anyday, but some other customer going to the food trucks may have gone to one of the B&M stores instead. The cost is so low to the food trucks. Why bother keeping a restaurant open then? Ken, if you can't beat them, why not join them? Just close your shop, buy a food truck and park it on the street 24/7. (i'm being slightly sarcastic)
Khulan Tsetsgee July 24, 2013 at 03:14 PM


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