Sunday, May 6, 2012

2012 May 6 - Bancheros

2012 May 6 - Bancheros, Hayward, CA 

After 63 years of serving generations of diners affordable Italian fare, Banchero's Italian Dinners has closed its doors for good on June 4, 2012.

The restuarant, which employed 33 staff members including some family, Banchero's closed on Monday, June 4.  John Banchero Jr. said he came to make this difficult decision due to several factors including the down turned economy and working countless seven-day work weeks at the restaurant.

Originally opened by his father, John Banchero Sr., in 1948, John recalls working at the establishment at the young age of 13 — starting from the kitchen and working his way up to become owner.

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First off Ken O and I headed over to the Shattuck Theater in downtown Berkeley to watch the documentary movie "The Manzanar Fishing Club".

The movie started at 1:50 PM on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.  We headed to Hayward after the movie and arrived at Bancheros around 3:45 PM.
Ken at Bancheros

Checking out their hours

They only open for lunch on Sundays

Bancheros is not a gourmet restaurant.  They just serve old fashion comfort food at a very reasonable price.  At one time there were many, many Italian Family Style restaurants in California, but like the old Basque restaurants they are a dying breed.
Extensive Take Out Menu

More Take Out items
Gobo, Ken and I had eaten here earlier this year but I had forgotten to take photos.  This trip was a last second idea since I had only gotten an email about the movie late Friday night.
Bancheros has been around since 1948
Family Style Dinners include, Soup, Salad with our house Italian dressing, Hors d’Oeurves,  spaghetti and raviolis, your choice of a entrĂ©e (which determines the price of the dinner), and
dessert: your choice of orange sherbet, vanilla or spumoni ice cream
The Family Style Dinner is the way to go

They also have Family Style Pasta Dinners.

We had to order a half loaf of Garlic Bread to share.

A very tasty soup

Hors d’Oeurves and the salad

The raviolis and spaghetti

Here's my plate with a piece of Garlic Bread

Ken eating his pasta

We both ordered the Fried Chicken which is a half a chicken.  Since it was still early they even cut the chicken into pieces for us.  We also had a few oven roasted potatoes and veggies.

Both Ken and I did take a lot of the chicken home with us in a "doggy bag".

All this food and drink for $35.29.  Plus we did leave a generous tip.
For dessert a nice dish of Spumoni.

Ken eating his dessert.


Friday, May 4, 2012

2012 May 4 Edison High Class of 1961 Lunch

2012 May 4 - Edison High Class of 1961 Lunch
Mi Ranchito - Stockton, CA

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Since Gobo is here I decided to place this 51st Class Reunion Local's Lunch in this Blog.
There were 31 people at the luncheon including my mom and Pat K's mom who are both in their 90's.
We went from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM to use the restaurant in the in-between hours.
Mi Ranchito is located at 425 S. Center Street which is only 10 blocks north of Edison High where we went to school.

The captioned last initial's are maiden names if you try to look them up in your yearbook. :-)
Looking north at the entrance from the parking lot

Delia S had to get there early because of a 3:00 PM appointment

Wanda B, Joe V, Jeff O and Jack M

Vernon H and Jeff O

It is almost 2:00 PM as everyone starts arriving

Pat K, Mom and Gobo

A group shot looking east

Bonnie W and her husband Jim

Harold A, Pat's mom, Pat K and Harrison L

Gloria T, Jeff, Joe, Delia and Frank G

Ron T, Walt Y and Diosa D

Jim T('60), Pauline A, Shirley T and Lilly L

Jess C, Harold A and Beverly C

The whole group

Mom and Beverly

Ernest M and Jess standing

Joe V

Harrison L grinning

Roland (Ron) R was the last to get his food


Diane J (spouse) and Ralph J and Dee Dee T

Chuck W (Dee Dee T's spouse)



Since I had arrived early mom sat down on the padded bench while people arrived and decided not to move from there to eat.
Mom liked sitting on the padded bench so decided to eat there as I sat across from her

Getting ready to go home

Who was there:

Harold A
Pauline A Jim T ('60)
Wanda B Jack M ('62)
Beverly C
Jess C
Diosa D
Frank G
Vernon H
Don I Mom
Ralph J Diane
Patricia K Mom
Harrison L
Lilly L
Ernest M
Jeff O Gloria T ('64)
Roland (Ron) R
Delia S
Gobo S
Dee Dee T Chuck W
Ron T
Shirley T
Joe V
Bonnie W Jim M
Walt Y