Mexican deli, downtown Richmond’s oldest shop, will be closing no later than the end of the year

A "for sale" sign is nailed on the side of La Perla Mexican Delicatessen on Tuesday.

We saw the for sale sign going up on Tuesday and we confirmed it on Wednesday: The family that owns La Perla Mexican Delicatessen, a fixture in downtown Richmond since 1949, is selling the building.
The shop at Fourth Street and Nevin Avenue is still popular — its Facebook page has just under 2,600 “Likes” — but after more than 60 years as a family-run business, the time has come to do other things say members of the Ponce family.
Folks who want to get a last burrito should be aware that the shop will close when the building is sold or the end of the year, whichever comes first.
We’re working on a story about La Perla for next week and invite your comments and memories on this page or by emailing them to ctreadway(at)bayareanewsgroup.com

Chris Treadway

  • Wow i”m 42 and move to pittsburg and still go to la perla the ribs and spaghetti back in the days really going to miss everybody tht wrk there good luck in the future

  • DeeDee

    Omg I will truly miss those beef and potatoes. And the beef concha. You will really be missed.

  • Heidi Minear Quist Morrison

    Ate lunch there as often as I could when I went to Richmond High (class of 1970) Best Mexican food around!! Beans and potatoes and a bean tostado!! Mmmmm, YUMMMM! Can still taste it. Sorry to see it close. Best of luck to all the Ponce family

  • Percy Gallon

    I have such Blessed memories of La Perla ,i just can’t put in words. From going to Elementary,Jr.high,n High School yrs,with one of the family members(Ms.Delores Ponce,maiden name)up until the present! LaPerlas wil be surley missed! Sad Sad day in the community of Richmond!! 🙁 🙁

  • Matt

    Man I just went there today for the first time! I work around the area and kept on hearing about it. Delicious food!

  • Eleanor

    I am a native of Richmond, the food there is second to none, I was 11 years old when I first ate there. The food was great then and 41 years later it’s still the same. You will be greatly missed in our community. May God bless your new endeavor.

  • Deborah

    OMG! La Perla is the best Mexican Food I have ever had in my life! I grew up in Richmond. My high school sweetheart, now husband of 29 years took me there for lunch. The Beef and Potatoes, Conchas, Delicious! We were planning to visit soon. I hope we make it before it closes. Sorry to see your leaving. Thank you Ponce Family for many great memories! God Bless you!