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The Carvery in Downtown Livermore Closes

The Carvery at Harry's Hofbrau. Image courtesy Harry's Hofbrau
The Carvery at Harry's Hofbrau. Image courtesy Harry's Hofbrau
After nearly five years in downtown Livermore, The Carvery at Harry's Hofbrau closed its doors.

The eatery first moved to Livermore in 2008 at 2491 First St. as part of the family-owned and operated chain of restaurants, first opened 60 years ago in Redwood City, Calif.

"On those first few days when we opened, the line was out the door," says Steve Kramer, son of owner Larry Kramer. 

The Livermore eatery was one of the last Hofrau locations opened in the chain, with the Brentwood, Calif. location opening just a year later. Brentwood closed its doors less than a year after opening.

"Livermore's a nice, affluent location with 80,000 residents, but this model is driven by volume," Kramer says. "We have a great, loyal following and we really felt proud of being part of the community, but there was nothing we could do to make it sustainable. This is very sad for all of us."

The Carvery at Harry's Hofbrau closed its doors Nov. 2. The location was listed Monday, Nov. 4.
Stan Ford November 04, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Livermore. The old First Interstate Bank building other end of the block from the Vine Theater.
Such Troll November 04, 2013 at 07:34 PM
OMG!!!!!! I LOVE Buffalo Wild Wings!!!!! Thanks Seymour Butz for warming this trolls heart with the thoughts of beer and wings. ETA on the BWW Seymour???
Stan Ford November 04, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Not sure on opening date. Peeked in the window last Friday and it's definitely under construction. I think parking's going to be a problem though.
Aaron Wilker November 05, 2013 at 12:40 AM
That really is too bad. It was a great place to take the whole family. Good food and the children could have just about any craving satisfied. It is hard to try and run any business in this great state of ours.
lorna November 05, 2013 at 02:26 AM
We were just there 11/1 and were there frequently for the Tuesday night specials. Very good food. Very sad to see it close. Why do all the good ones have to close?
Alice November 05, 2013 at 09:31 AM
It's a matter of economics, if prices are too low to pay the rent, or not enough customers,, owners cannot afford to stay in business and feed their own families. Prices were too good there and, not enough customers. Was great while it lasted. Best to them in their new adventures.
Jow November 05, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Yeah the Rockhouse"Sports Bar" closed. Then re-opened as some la-te-da over priced burger place and is definitely not a sports bar anymore. The closest thing is Beeb's or Alehouse, and the Alehouse isn't a sports bar either, they don't even have the NFL package.
DB November 05, 2013 at 10:28 AM
The carvery wil def be missed.we ate there at least once a week cause food was good and reasonable.Livermore needs a Olive Garden or Spaghetti factory. The carvery will be missed for sure:(
Matt Main November 05, 2013 at 11:20 AM
I like how who ever makes the decisions found it necessary to barricade the parking lot while the place it closed. God forbid anyone park there while there is no business in t hat building.
Deb A November 05, 2013 at 01:24 PM
The wonderful Carvery Family owns the property and they have to close off the parking because of insurance it is private parking that belongs to the property not covered by the city... Right Steve. Also it would become a cut through and not safe for 2nd street.
CaliGirl November 05, 2013 at 01:56 PM
This is such a drag. My son and I love going to the Carvery and then to the movies. :(
Nick November 05, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Good Place. Always thought they needed a waitress delivering drinks. Nice patio, quick to get to the movies.
unclehomerr... November 05, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Really bummed! The Carvery is the only reason I went to Livermore for food. Thursday night Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner was a real treat. Food was great and staff was exemplary. What's the Wineland Banjo Band gonna do on First Thursdays??? Who's got a referral for regular corned beef dinners???? unclehomerr.. Pleasanton
Kathy Montgomery November 05, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Wonderful, fresh cooked food at "Harry's". For many, many years we always went to the Redwood City Harry's, and also the Foster City Harry's. We did many dinners there when celebrating birthdays with relatives. Lots of memories with Harry's locations. Will miss the Livermore one.
mike November 05, 2013 at 09:20 PM
The "muddle class" is still AWOl from this economic recovery.
mike November 05, 2013 at 09:20 PM
that is AWOL
Stan Ford November 05, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I think your brain is AWOL.
Star "Stella Baby" Rusca Woodbridge November 05, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Picolla Casa in Springtown deserves to be downtown
mike November 05, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Seymore butz? really! are you for real? with a name like that you want to be taken seriously.
Rob November 06, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Picolla Casa sucks big time. Why do they "deserve" to be downtown. Way overrated. As for the Carvery, found no reason to go there since the comfort food menu was boring and uninspiring. The pictures of their food on Yelp didn't help. And anyone that needs to only go to Livermore to get corned beef and cabage is no food connoisseur.
Elizabeth Kelly November 06, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Our family was stunned by the news of Harry's Hofbrau closing. We were in there to eat this past Friday, and we ate there at least once or twice a week. When we moved from Alameda to Livermore a few months ago Harry's became our favorite place and during the move we ate there up to five times a week. The staff were always so welcoming and greeted us with smiles and waves. Barbara at the bar is the greatest bartender. The Kelly Family is going to miss everyone there, and we are sure going to miss the wonderful food.
J Bueno November 07, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Sad. We ate there often, but not often enough apparently. We just ate there a week ago and had no idea they were closing. The wait staff was great.
lorna November 07, 2013 at 02:05 PM
We would have definitely paid more money if it would have kept them in business. The food was great and employees were very nice.
Robert November 07, 2013 at 09:39 PM
For Joe-if you're looking for a sports bar go to either Beebs next to the Las Positas golf course(out by the airport) or the new Livermore Casino on First St.
Sherry Medeiros Fell November 08, 2013 at 02:22 PM
really sad..we all hung out there and all the bartenders were great..FYI...Castlerock(next to Rockhouse) has the NFL ticket and good prices too;) I personally prefer Sauced though.
Dtayls 4me November 10, 2013 at 03:18 PM
It's no wonder the Livermore branch closed. It didn't hold a candle to the ambiance and wide variety of food/drink available at the San Jose location. Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose is my go-to choice when I'm in the area. They also host the Golden State 2d Amendment Council meeting every last Thursday of the month (except November & December) If you're a gun owner/fancier, the GS2AC would love to have you. Meetings are free, unless you want to buy a drink or meal, and there is no official membership...just come as you are to keep up to date on what the libtards are up to.
Alice November 10, 2013 at 05:36 PM
A thriving business in a far away town has nothing to do with a closed business here. (Thriving or not) And, there are many reasons why a business will shut their doors other than doing badly. As far as we all know, it could be personal. It is really none of our business. It was fun ride, having them here while their doors were open to us. My best to the owners in their next choice of adventure.
Jow November 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM
The casino is not a sports bar and restaurant.
Annie November 16, 2013 at 01:00 PM
The Carvery food was hit and miss more often a miss. The lines were out the door at first because we were all expecting food like they serve in Redwood City but it was tasteless and luke warm a few times. So sad it was not up to par. Livermore needs a Red Lobster. Louise's (barf) is the only fish place. I swear there is an anti fish ordinance in Livermore!!!
Jow November 19, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Red Lobster? Ha, ha, ha. Why not a long John Silvers too!?

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