Spenger's restaurant in Berkeley unexpectedly closes doors after 128 years of service

Spenger's Fresh Fish Gratto in Berkeley announced Wednesday they are closing their doors for good after 128 years of service.

After well over a century of service, Spenger’s Fish Grotto in Berkeley has unexpectedly closed its doors for good, according to a paper sign posted on the Fourth Street restaurant. 

Built in 1890, Spenger’s is one of the oldest restaurants in the Bay Area. On Wednesday, diners approached the restaurant and found a note announcing the “permanent” closure. The restaurant added: “Sorry for the inconvenience.” 

Details are limited and there’s been no official word as to what prompted the sudden closure. According the Mercury News, a proposed development plan at the restaurant’s location in recent months raised concerns for Native Americans, who say the Spenger’s parking lot is an Ohlone burial ground.