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Word on Webster: What’s happening and what’s not on Webster Street

Submitted by on 1, April 26, 2011 – 12:01 am5 Comments

By Steve Gerstle

Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening, and what’s not, on Webster Street.


Mama’s Chicken Noodle House at 1727 Webster Street is definitely happening. Furniture and restaurant equipment have been moved in and installed. The paper covering has been taken down from the windows and daily progress is being made towards opening.

Croll’s Bar and Grill at 1400 Webster Street is planning a mid-June opening. Work continues on the interior. The tile floor has been covered up and carpeting will be placed over it. The notice of liquor license transfer has been posted.

Work is moving swiftly on the interior of New Image Beauty Salon at 1509 Webster Street. The salon is expected to open in the near future.

Façade and other improvements at 1616 Webster Street are taking place. Attractive clearstory windows have been installed and structural work is progressing on the building.


Repair of the lighted crosswalk at Webster and Taylor will not take place until September. The wireless mechanism used for this and other crosswalks in Alameda proved to be faulty and will be replaced with a more reliable wired system.

Due to improper installation, the paving project on Central west of Webster will need to be redone. As a result, re-painting of the crosswalks and stop markers and the re-installation of the pedestrian paddle have been delayed. The work is expected to take place this summer.

An attractive awning was installed at the site of the future Greek Meze at 1545 Webster Street. A few days later, the awning was gone. No evidence of recent construction can be seen.

Façade improvement at Calafia and Larry’s Shoe Repair (1445-1449 Webster Street) has stalled due to a snag in the manufacture of the custom built windows.


Some people have begun calling Café Jolie (1500 Webster Street) Alameda’s version of the Winchester Mystery House. Work on the interior and exterior has been taking place for over a year. It looked like work had just about concluded on the exterior, but recently a portion of the facade was repaired due to a leak.

The Karousel Boutique (1532 Webster Street) has not always been open during posted hours in recent weeks. 

News Bits

According to a reliable source, Togo’s on Webster and Atlantic will be closing in May. A for lease sign is posted on the property.

Kragen Auto on Central and Webster is now O’Reilly Auto. The owners were in such a rush to change the name of the business, that they slapped the new sign over the old one. Efforts by the West Alameda Business Association convinced them to do some touch-up.

O’Connell Electric at 1537 Webster Street is having a clearance sale on Zap electric vehicles. The space is for lease.

According to police reports, there have been five burglaries along Webster Street since April 1. Three occurred between Buena Vista and Eagle and two between Central and Santa Clara. The Walgreens at Webster and Atlantic was held-up on the evening of April 8th. On April 20 a suspected homicide took place on Buena Vista between Webster Street and Fifth Street.

The Frog and Fiddle at 1544 Webster Street now has music Thursday through Sunday. See the calendar at http://www.frogandfiddle.com/index.html.


  • Johanna Hall says:

    What we really need is a West Alameda edition of Dan’s Produce (at Central Ave. and Oak). They have organic produce, dairy products, a wide array of gourmet food items, etc.
    I love supporting local, small business owners, like the owner of Dan’s, who are also supportive of our community.

  • Betty says:

    I am completely disappointed in the new restaurant at Croll’s.
    Why are some idiots covering up history? Unfortunatly there is nothing the city can do to protect the interior of Alameda’s public places. This is a terrible destruction of our history.

    Even though we live on the west end of town and would go to the New Zealander often…we will not spend one penney at this place and I will pass this on to neighbors and friends not to go there.

    My little protest, which is why I won’t park in the Oak Street parking lot (the most disgusting thing that happened to Alameda since the fill) or shop at places that supported the destruction of the yellow house.

    • Owen Smith says:

      What exactly are they covering up? I was very surprised by your comments. The proprietors of the new Bar & Grill are lifetime Alamedans and are bringing the place back to life. They are making repairs to the stained glass in the awning, cleaning up the patio area, and polishing the bar. The owners have a great respect for the history of the building. I think you should hold your judgment until you see what they have done with the place.

  • Lee says:

    Togo’s on the west end is not closing in May. New rumored date is now October.

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