The venerable Hacienda Restaurant, a mainstay at Macdonald and San Pablo avenues in Richmond for decades, is being torn down this week.
The Mexican Restaurant, known by generations for the fountain in its lobby and a design that included no windows, had actually closed a few years ago and is now being razed in preparation for the opening of a Grocery Outlet at a former Lucky/Albertsons store on the same property.
The late couple that founded and ran the Hacienda have left a greater legacy to the West County community in the form of a bequest made in their estate last year to Contra Costa College in San Pablo, as noted in the Times last November:
Contra Costa College in San Pablo is the recipient of a $1 million gift from the estate of Antonio and Trinidad Carrico, longtime residents of El Cerrito and Richmond who for decades owned the Hacienda Restaurant on San Pablo Avenue.
Antonio Carrico, a native of Portugal and veteran of World War II, was 91 when he died in Walnut Creek in June. Trinidad Carrico died in 2009.
The couple owned the restaurant at Macdonald and San Pablo avenues for 56 years.
The college was told about the gift by Mechanics Bank and the couple’s daughter, Magna Carrico, at a recent meeting of the CCC Foundation board. The board will manage the gift “based on the wishes and memory of the Carrico family.”