VIDEO: What's the Deal With Muzo's?

Have you been wondering what that tiny restaurant on Castro Valley Boulevard is all about and why does it remain closed? Owner Marc Michieli answers.

After having a brief soft opening during the Castro Valley Streetscape celebration back in November, a Castro Valley take-out restaurant remains closed leaving many to wonder if it will reopen.

Muzo's Grill owner Marc Michieli spoke with Patch about the pitfalls he's had with Alameda County on reopening. Click here to read more about it in detail.

Michieli renovated and repainted the once pink building, located at 3210 Castro Valley Blvd., which last housed Carry Outee before it relocated to Hayward a few years back.

His menu, made up of hot dogs and sausage links, was inspired by the rich Italian and Portugese culture he experienced growing up in San Leandro.

He said hopes to reopen soon so the community can enjoy this place that has sat vacant for many years. 

Watch the video above to hear Michieli share his story along with his daughter Taylor, 17, and her friend Lisa Nikssarian, 17, who both planned on working at the restaurant. 

Analisa Harangozo December 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Ken, as stated above you can find a more detailed story regarding the businesses' (hopefully temporary) closure here: http://patch.com/A-03Vl
Fran December 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I think San Leandro has something like this as well. You have to have tables and seats. It may have been instituted to discourage places like Domino's Pizza, and other "Delco" pizza places that deliver only. There are some of these Domino's in downtown Hayward, so they may not have this. It does seem silly if food trucks are allowed though.
Eric Mortensen December 23, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Well you know I support you project & will help ya after I move down the street
Bob Swanson December 23, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Hi Folks, Mr. Michieli came to Supervisor Miley’s office and spoke to Kriss Kokotaylo who has been researching this issue with Planning, Fire, Environmental Health and the Public Works Building Department. The building Mr. Michieli chose for his business is quite old and rundown. It is my understanding, at this time, that this building was red tagged for safety issues previous to Mr. Michieli opening. No one is allowed to open a business in a building that is red tagged. Some years ago Castro Valley Business owners and citizens came together in a public venue with the County Planning Department and created a “Specific Plan” for the CV downtown. This plan governs what can and cannot me done in the CV business district. Unfortunately this business does not conform to the plan. It may be possible to change the plan through a public process. It may be possible to obtain a variance. All possibilities are being looked into. Bob Swanson Supervisor Nate Miley’s Office
John do January 30, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Mr. Miley I can personally tell you that the building is not save Mr. Michieli had the electrical made by a a ex electrician who most of the time is drunk (Bob) and the bathroom ceiling is not proper sport the foundation was never fix the plumbing was alter and move with out a permit he add floorsink used old wood to frame the old door that was on the side of the building I can keep going on and on I believe that Mr. michieli do not have the experience of a cook he on the time he did his soft open two people got sick and no one did noting about it


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