Loyal customers waited in long lines for a last meal at Mexicali Rose, an Oakland restaurant that is closing after 91 years.

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Iconic Oakland Restaurant Set To Close After 91 Years

Holly Quan
June 28, 2018 - 2:16 pm

Mexicali Rose, the iconic pink stucco restaurant on Clay Street, will go out of business on June 29 after 91 years of serving tacos, enchiladas and other simple fare to its legions of fans. 

Scores of those loyal customers have shown up this week to wait in long lines as word spread about the impending closure of the Old Oakland institution. 

Tangia Smith Henderson flew up from Los Angeles just to savor a heaping plate of enchiladas with green sauce one last time.

"It's a landmark and it's got memories, memories, memories," she said. She grew up in Oakland eating there frequently, and often took her children to dine there too.  

The impending closure of Mexicali Rose attracted legions of customers hungry for one last meal at the Mexican restaurant.
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Several of Oakland's longtime restaurants have vanished in recent years, such as the Genova deli in the Temescal neighborhood and Francesco's near the Oakland Coliseum. 

The loss of history was on the mind of Lavonnda Haynes-Burnett as she stood outside Mexicali Rose. 

"We don't get to pass this on. A lot of our landmarks are no able to be here," she said. "The pink building that we pass by all the time is no longer going to be present anymore. It's sad for Oakland."

The family that has operated the casual eatery for four generations announced their retirement on the restaurant's website.