Another Castro Valley Business Bites The Dust: JD's Closes Its Doors

Reports of JD's Restaurant closing were confirmed today.

Updated 8:45 p.m.

Along with the rain, some sad news fell upon the Castro Valley community today. has closed its doors for good.

Reports were first brought up on the CVLegends Facebook page yesterday and then confirmed on the Castro Valley News Facebook page today, which stated it had spoken with the owner, Bill Yates.

Castro Valley Patch phoned Yates for further comment but have not received any call back.

We first heard talk about the possible closure last Tuesday from one of our readers and paid the restaurant a visit. After speaking with a few employees on March 6, none seemed aware of the restaurant closing.

Neighboring businesses were shocked to hear the news.

employee Patricia Borzin told Patch a server from JD's came into the shop last week but did not mention anything about the restaurant closing down.

's assistant manager Ken Whitney III said he noticed the eatery wasn't keeping their normal business hours the past few weeks.

JD's has been around for more than two generations. Opening in the mid 70s, by the original JD. It was then bought in 2007 by Yates. Though he kept the name JD's, he intended for it to be an acronym for Justin's Dad's Restaurant, named after himself. He had a son named Justin.

Over the past few years, the eatery had undergone multiple construction projects — from making changes to the exterior and interior to redoing the parking lot.

The long-time Castro Valley restaurant is the second business to close down in recent weeks.

SB March 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I miss JDs already ! excellent food current owner and past--so sad to hear. I find it hard to believe it was a financial reason the place was ALWAYS busy. Prayers to all involved. Support small business!!
J B Camel March 22, 2012 at 03:39 AM
One of my favorite breakfast places. I wasn't around for the original owner, but this guy did an excellent job. Went frequently (as recently as a week or so ago) and the food & service were always TOP NOTCH. Can't imagine why they closed - always a super busy joint. Sad, really. PATRONIZE YOUR LOCALS (unless, of course, they suck).
martin freer October 07, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I worked at JDs in 1982 when i came from England,i loved it miss all the good folks miss JD
Kelli Abatangelo-Gault November 01, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Your last comment hit home. Patronize your locals unless they suck. So many times we have businesses go under and the patrons or lack of are always to blame. Sometimes, it's because the place is lousy. Take Boulevard Burgers. They won't last long because they are over priced and the buns are too greasy and meat is tastless.
Matt Lekas March 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Nick & Gus' the Original hole in the wall Restaurant Great Breakfast, homemade Hashbrowns, Hash and their Old Fashioned Burgers, would be a Great fit at the old JDs. Used to be on 12th & Broadway Downtown Oakland a big pictorial History.


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