I know many have not missed the closing of the old Alameda standby, Acapulco. But I've got very fond memories of the dank interior, canned chili sauce and gelatinous (but humungous) entrees. Seriously. I grew up in Alameda. During my day, that restaurant was the best thing on the "island" and hordes of people waited outside for a table.
Mike (owner of Paradise Grill and Best Burger in San Leandro and Paradiso at Willow Park in Castro Valley) has purchased Acapulcos and is revamping the interior and the food. He's purchased the recipes, but says that, while he'll use them as a basis, he plans to include homemade sauces, etc.
Planning permits, etc. are troublesome in Alameda, but he hopes to open in March.
Also, NO MORE wine margaritas. He's working on the liqour license, too.