The Concord location of Mels Diner — the “American Graffiti”-themed restaurant chain — has closed for good.

The Yelp page for this location had listed it as temporarily closed and scheduled to reopen on Jan. 15, 2021. But the company website says it has shut down permanently.

Other locations in Northern California and northern Nevada are listed as still open, including those in Walnut Creek, San Leandro, Antioch, Pinole, Fairfield, Vacaville and the Sacramento area. According to the website, the Walnut Creek restaurant, which opened in 1995, is the chain’s oldest in this region.

Most locations are offering takeout and delivery, starting with breakfast every morning, a staffer said.

The Mels history dates back to 1947, when  David “Mel” Weiss and Harold Dobbs built their first car-hop eatery in San Francisco. However, the Mels at 4391 Treat Blvd. had only been in operation for a handful of years. Previously this building was home to a Coco’s Restaurant.



By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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