‘Amal Sikaffy, owner of Espresso Gourmet Caffe’, will close her doors at the end of the year
Downtown Oakland is rapidly changing. The skyline is making room for new high rises as older structures are demolished. More commonly, new management is hiking up the rent, and thus, uprooting traditional businesses to make room for a new wave of companies and business owners.
Near the corner of 14th and Franklin, Expresso Gourmet Caffee’ will close its doors at the end of the year. For regular customers, purchasing that quick deli sandwich, hot roast chicken with mashed potatoes, lasagna, eggplant salad, gyros or tabouli will soon be disrupted.
The upcoming change saddens owner Amal Sikaffy, who has been in business for 25 years. Originally from Bethlehem, Sikaffy has four adult children and cares for one with multiple sclerosis. She says she was inspired to begin the business because she loved people and serving their favorite foods.
Sikaffy says the restaurant and catering business can be challenging at times but she has weathered the ups and downs through the years. She is grateful for each day she’s been able to serve great food in the community along with employees Lena and Alberto.
“I want to thank all my customers, community, and neighbors for supporting my business all of these years,” she said. “It has touched my heart, the great support that I have received. I will miss you all and I wish for everyone and their families a joyful holiday season and even better 2018.”