Daly City landmark, Joe's of Westlake, closing after 57-years


The line of customers waiting for a table stretched out the door throughout Sunday.

For employees who have been at this Daly City landmark for years, many of them for decades, Sunday was pretty emotional.

This is the kind of restaurant that doesn't much exist anymore.

Lots of the wait staff started here as bussers and worked their way up to full waiters, and have kept at it ever since.

The food and the atmosphere has become a regular part of many customers' traditions.

General Manager Gus Kiniris says this is the kind of place where some repeat customers basically had their own seats.

"For the first half hour I would have 10 seats saved for those regular customers that many of whom have brought their families and enjoyed many special occasions with us," Kiniris said.

When asked when his first visit to Joe's was, customer Dick Schroeder said, "May 1957. I just got out of the Army and my dad took me down here because he wanted to introduce me to a new drink he found -- the vodka martini."

Even Gov. Jerry Brown and the first lady got here for the final day at Joe's. The governor tweeted a picture early Sunday afternoon.

The restaurant has been in the Scatena family since they opened their doors in 1957.

Because of health issues, Melinda Scatena decided to sell the property to the Duggan family, owners of the Original Joe's Restaurant in San Francisco. That family says they do plan on reopening the restaurant after some extensive renovations.

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