Oscar’s, a burger restaurant at the intersection of Shattuck and Hearst avenues that has been in Berkeley for 65 years, is closing and will be replaced by Sweetgreen, an east coast fast food chain, as reported for the first time Eater SF.
Customers and community members have since lamented Oscar’s loss on his Yelp page. Its replacement, Sweetgreen, offers a seasonal menu made with locally grown produce and has 29 locations on the east coast and one location in Los Angeles.
Candice Hull, a recent campus graduate, said she visited Oscar “a few times” and reckons she ate at Sweetgreen once a week when she worked on the East Coast last summer.
“(Oscar is) just simple food for dinner, but it’s really good, and a lot of people love it,” Hull said. “Oscar’s is a Berkeley establishment – it’s been around forever – but at the same time, I’m really delighted that Sweetgreen is coming here. … It’s a healthy and tasty option.
Charles Reichmann, a member of the Berkeley community and lecturer at UC Berkeley Law School, said he had been an Oscar-winner for 30 years and that the restaurant has been “totally unchanged in all the years that i ‘go… no concessions. to modernity whatever it is. He said he enjoyed Oscar’s “unpretentious” atmosphere.
For Reichmann, who said he has been to Oscar’s since he was in college, the closure is sad due to the restaurant’s presence in Berkeley. Reichmann said he ate at Oscar’s with students and professors and that it was a place he took for granted.
“They’re all about the food, and they don’t put on air,” Reichmann said. “Every place we go wants to tell you what their agenda and their agenda is, which they are going from farm to fork. … Oscar said nothing. They only make burgers and they don’t really want to talk about anything else.
Juelia Fong, a senior at UC Berkeley, said she was thrilled with the opening of Sweetgreen in Berkeley, as she “always looked for a place with really delicious salads in the area.” Fong also said that when she attended high school on the East Coast, Sweetgreen “was a really hip place where people could meet not only to eat, but to socialize.”
According to the Sweetgreen website, the restaurant chain offers a rewards app, a community education initiative focused on healthy eating, and Sweetlife, an annual music festival.
Fong and Hull said they both expected the new location to be popular with campus students, a change from Oscar’s clientele, which mainly included Berkeley residents, according to Hull.
According to Eater SF, Sweetgreen plans to open in Berkeley by fall.
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