UPDATE: Our doors are closing on June 14. Please come see us as we move forward.

Jodie’s Restaurant is facing a June 16th Closure Date. Our last day of business at 902 Masonic Avenue will be Saturday, June 14.

The obstacles and requirements required by law from Alameda County Health Department, the Fire District and the City of Albany to upgrade the infrastructure at this location have proven to be too enormous for our resources to handle.

The difficulties of securing a new location, or getting a new lease and some cooperation from the landlord of 902 Masonic on structural repairs, have lead us to this point. No negotiation has been met, so we are left with no other option but to stop operating until we secure a better or new location. We’ve passed our all of our health inspections. Our closure is due to the wear and tear and the required upgrades that are required to bring the space up to code.

The Jodie’s Restaurant family (Jodie, Charles, Jackie, Sherrylyn and Michelle) would like to thank you for supporting us for 24+ wonderful years. But Jodie’s is not finished yet… When one door closes, another one opens up. Whether it’s finding a new location or purchasing a food truck.

We will keep you posted through Facebook, Google+ and Instagram. In the meantime you can contact us at jodiesrestaurant@yahoo.com, or make a donation to our future home here at at jodiesfuture.com.

THANK YOU for your support!

What's the Problem?

After 24 years of business, Jodie's Restaurant has been struggling to find a new space where it will have enough room to continue serving one-of-a-kind breakfast plates to the community.

New health and building requirements have made it almost impossible for Jodie's to stay open under the BART track in Albany. It's time for Jodie and the family to find a new space where they can continue to build a bright future and serve the community.

Please click here to make a contribution today.

$5,664 Raised!

Where Will My Contribution Go?

Finding an affordable space that will carry on the community spirit of Jodie's is an enormous challenge. $50,000 will help Jodie's settle into a new home.

Your contribution will help Jodie's:

  1. Work with property owners to set stakes into a new home for the whole Jodie's family.
  2. Purchase the necessary equipment to set up a new space, satisfying all city and county health codes.
  3. Get the new space up and running with as little risk as possible.

Why Does Jodie's Matter?

Even if you don't live near Jodie's, please know that it is a special place that deserves your attention.

You can learn more by reading these stories:

  1. "Why You Should Become a Regular at Jodie's"
  2. "Fried Chicken Is out, but Jodie's Is so Much More"
  3. "One of the Best Greasy-Spoon Breakfasts is Served Under an Overpass in Albany"
  4. "Building Code Issues Put Jodie's Restaurant in Peril"

Jodie's Restaurant is more than a diner. It's an essential mom-and-pop business that has literally fed a generation with love and care. Just ask Jodie, who can tell you any number of stories of children he has seen grow up right across his counter.

In addition to serving fresh, original food to one and all, Jodie has personally donated to local schools and charities. He has always been generous with his food, his time, and his earnings when the local community is concerned.

Please click here to make a contribution today.

The Silver Lining

If our efforts succeed, Jodie’s will finally be able to bring back its famous fried chicken, which diners across the Bay Area have been missing and longing for since May 2011.

Jodie's has been unable to serve this chicken for over three years because it requires more storage and prep space than the restaurant can currently handle. While Jodie was able to serve his pan-fried chicken for two decades by preparing the birds at home, the local health department will not allow this to continue -- despite the fact that Jodie's has an "A" rating when it comes to sanitation.

The improvements made possible by your contribution will bring Jodie's fried chicken back into the lives of many happy diners.

"It's our responsibility, don't get us wrong. We just need help. There's only so much we can do."

-Jodie Royston

Contributions are NOT tax deductible.
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