Nellie’s Soulfood of Oakland, California, to Close After 50 Years

The perfect combination.....catfish, red snapper, collard greens, and yams (Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant)
The perfect combination…..catfish, red snapper, collard greens, and yams (Nellie’s Soulfood Restaurant)

Another longtime Oakland dining staple is shutting its doors.

Nellie’s Soulfood announced that it is closing for good after 50 years of serving Southern comfort food staples such as oxtail, short ribs, smothered chicken, and Cajun style spaghetti in West Oakland, making it the city’s longest running soul food spot.

According to the East Bay Express, owner Nellie Ozen, who founded the restaurant in the 60s, and her daughter Quinnette Ozen, who runs it on a day-to-day basis, are ready to retire. Nellie’s last day will be Thursday, June 30, according to their Facebook page. The business was reportedly sold, but there’s no word yet on the plans of the new operators.

Nellie’s closure marks another in a string of old school Oakland eateries shuttering over the last year, joining Genova Deli and fellow African American–owned restaurants Dorsey’s Locker and Art’s Crab Shack.

Nellie’s Soulfood: 1155 3rd Street, (510) 625-1350, Oakland,

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SOURCE: Inside Scoop SF