My last days at Bobby G’s Pizzeria

Well, folks, after nine and a third years of mostly seven day weeks, my time at Bobby G’s Pizzeria is coming to a close. As of Monday, May 2, the curmudgeon of Bobby G’s will be out of here. While it’s been a very difficult and stressful job, the people I’ve met over the years have made it worthwhile and a real pleasure.

Heather Kratt and I opened this place on December 27, 2006, after two months of painting and cleaning, and our idea was to turn a loser location into a friendly neighborhood hangout with great pizza, beer, sports, and music. I think we succeeded. In the past couple of months, after people heard we were selling, I’ve been approached by so many people wanting to thank me for building this place, it’s truly surprised me. I’m still being surprised every day by new people coming up to thank me. Well, I thank all of you because it’s the people who made this happen. Not just the customers but the staffs as well. While we’ve gone through a lot of employees over the years, we’ve almost always hired very friendly, outgoing people and the customer service and great food they provided really helped to build a great reputation in our neighborhood of downtown Berkeley. We couldn’t have done it without all of them.

I hope the new owners, brothers Randeep and Karan Rekhi, will get the same support from the community that we’ve gotten for so many years. They are good, hard working guys, and they have great senses of humor. They are perfect for this kind of restaurant/bar and I think they will keep the fun going for many years to come. No, they are not as handsome and witty as I am, but you can’t win them all.

On Sunday at 5pm we will stop taking orders, we’ll make a bunch of pizzas, hand out free slices, and some free beer and wine for all my friends as thanks for all the support we’ve received for more than nine years.

As for me, after I leave here I’m planning on sleeping for two weeks in hopes I can alleviate some of the stress and anxiety I’ve had for so many years. This year alone I’ve already worked 116 days straight. It’s too much for one person to deal with.

Thank you everyone for your business, your loyalty, and your friendship for nearly a decade. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.