GRAND AVENUE, WEST OF 580 – November 2015
Hi Neighbors! Ahn’s Quarter Pound Burger anticipates re-opening early this month, perhaps Monday, November 2! Watch for the white barrels to disappear from the parking lot. – LZ.
On February 11, 2015, about 3½ hours after closing, a grease fire erupted on the grill at Ahn’s Quarter Pound Burger and spread into the duct system. The Oakland Tribune cited Capt. Chris Landry in its report that “more than two-dozen firefighters responded, attacked the fire quickly, and had it under control by 1 a.m. The restaurant, open seven days a week, has been a fixture in the area for decades, drawing customers from Oakland and other nearby cities.”
Even though the incident mostly just caused smoke damage, the facility had to be renovated to meet current codes before this classic diner could reopen. For nearly nine months, fans of Ahn’s burgers, fries, shakes, and breakfasts have wistfully shared reminisces about this neighborhood institution on Yelp and also on an unofficial Facebook site, hoping for Ahn’s return.
As this blog goes to press, Jay Park, owner of Ahn’s since 2013, is delighted to announce the imminent reopening of Ahn’s. At the end of October, he was awaiting city electrical and county health inspectors – the two final inspections! If both occurred as scheduled and, if all upgrades and repairs were approved, then Jay and his team planned to work all weekend putting amenities in place so they could open on Monday, November 2.
Customers’ favorite server, Sherry, will return. “Sherry has worked at Ahn’s for over 20 years and she is a star,” grins Jay. “She knows most of the long-time customers, and they will be happy she is coming back.” Some of the other crew will be new, and Jay hopes we will be patient as they learn. Jay himself will often work at the grill. Before moving to Oakland and purchasing Ahn’s, he was a hibachi chef in Maryland and Arkansas restaurants. He first considered locating in Emeryville, but “Oakland feels like the center of the Bay Area. I love it here.”
Jay will be updating the style of the menu soon, while keeping its archetypal diner content, with just enough variety to satisfy everyone’s craving. In addition to traditional burgers, Ahn’s offers fried chicken wings, chicken strips, breaded shrimp, and a seafood combination, as well as pastrami or veggie burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, pastrami on a French roll, and chili. Ahn’s crinkle cut fries and onion rings will also return, as will its five classic breakfasts, including eggs and meat, pancakes, omelets, and an egg and meat breakfast sandwich. Fans will welcome the return of Ahn’s shakes (try the banana shake!) or they can sip lemonade, orange juice, iced tea, hot chocolate or coffee.
Jay loves suggestions from customers, so he hopes you will chat with him when you come to Ahn’s. All fountain drinks are Coke products because customers crinkled their noses at the prospect of serving Pepsi with burgers. Onion rings were added to the menu because customers asked for them. In response to customers, this previously cash-only business will now accept credit cards when it reopens.
As Rachel Maddow is fond of saying, “Watch this space!” When the white barrels blocking the driveways are removed, you will know that Ahn’s is again serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pick up a carry out order at the window or sit in the bright white interior (the brown walls of years past are banished). Let’s all welcome Ahn’s back!
Ahn’s Quarter Pound Burger
439 Grand Ave., Oakland 94610 (b/t Bellevue Ave. & Staten Ave.)
Mon. – Sat. 8 AM – 9 PM
Sunday 8 AM – 8 PM
Breakfast until 11 AM, M-F & until Noon Sat.-Sun.
Eat In or Carryout