Snack Shack, a self-proclaimed “funky and laid back joint” on Northside featuring burgers, sandwiches, snacks, craft beers and more, has closed after five years of service.
According to Snack Shack’s Facebook page, in March the restaurant was offering curbside pickup for online orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In September 2019, Snack Shack moved from Hearst Avenue to a more spacious location on Euclid Avenue which had a larger kitchen in order to serve more people.
The former Snack Shack location was owned by the same owners in order to complete the remaining six months of the lease, and a new restaurant – Snack Box – opened in its place. However, Snack Box closed after two months, largely due to the decline in business resulting from the PG&E power outages of October 2019.
Many UC Berkeley students and alumni have expressed their sadness in response to the closure of Snack Shack.
Recent campus graduate Melanie Yu stumbled across Snack Shack while looking for restaurants to try and “got hooked” on “fantastic” waffle fries and “affordable gourmet burgers” from Snack Shack. Yu said in an email that the restaurant is unique because it puts “hard work and effort” into every order.
“I have never been disappointed once since I started eating at Snack Shack all those years ago! Yu said in the email. “You can just taste the TLC.“
Recent UC Berkeley graduate Lawrence Cheng, who previously lived in Northside, emphasized the convenience of Snack Shack for campus students.
Compared to other campus restaurants, Snack Shack has always had plenty of seating, short wait times, and quick service, Cheng said in an email. Cheng added that Snack Shack at the Euclid Avenue location had a “fun and welcoming” dining environment with arcade games available.
“I’m really glad he was there when I was still at Berkeley because the quick lunches were really helpful, especially when I was writing a project for the class,” Cheng said in the email. “We will definitely miss it.”
Hannah Chavarria, a recent campus graduate, lived above the Snack Shack for a few years and said it was one of her favorite restaurants.
Chavarria described Snack Shack as a “quintessential part” of her neighborhood, adding that its closure is another “painful blow” over the course of this year.
“I introduced the Snack Shack to a lot of my friends – it was a fantastic hangout, my favorite lunch spot by car (or on foot!) And a great date too,” Yu said in the e-mail. “I feel like so many of my memories at Snack Shack will be lost with the closure as well, and I will never be able to have my favorite waffle fries again.”
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