May 30, 2014

Holy tamale!

La Perla Mexican Delicattessen, which closed earlier this month after 64 years serving its local customers, will reopen June 16 at the same location with a new owner, the West County Times reported today.

The new owner is Susan Weinberg-Matteson, the Times reported. The eatery will be “exactly the same,” Weinberg-Matteson told the newspaper, with the same prices and friendly customer service.

Weinberg-Matteson is reportedly now interviewing the eatery’s future workers.

La Perla was a beloved family-owned deli at the corner at Fourth Street and Nevin Avenue that had been serving customers in Richmond since 1949.


  1. La Perla will NOT BE EXActly The Same. Our families receipes will not be used and different owner using our la perla name , don’t expect the food to be the same !!!!!

    Stacey Jojola | May 30th, 2014
  2. I agree with the family! No one does it better; I have been eating at Las Perla’s for over 30yrs. There is ABSOLUTELY NO DUPLICATING all the other long time customers will agree..

    Anya De Paoli | Jun 1st, 2014
  3. Anytime the owners change, and the staff, The food will be different. I do not know who they are trying to fool.

    denise | Jun 5th, 2014
  4. Our family wishes the new owner, Susan Weinberg-Matteson, good luck and success with La Perla!

    Renee | May 31st, 2014
  5. Your family will be missed. I love me some La Perla on the corner of 4th and Main. I grew up in Richmond since 1980 and moved away in 2009 and always, always enjoyed the shop on the corner! Potatoes and meat with cheese and sour cream will always be my favorite. I pray that God will continue to guide you and your family. From a customer! La Perla is like the Old Nations in Richmond and El Cerrito back in the day, the place to be!

    Teresa Granby | Jun 3rd, 2014
  6. I’m so sad to see you go, the food was the best!

    Linda | Jun 5th, 2014
  7. Will the great desserts be available like before?

    Mrs. Simmons | Jun 5th, 2014
  8. I started going to laper la ever since i was 12 yrs old attending roosevelt Junior high school. We use to leave campus and sneak and go to larperla lol.The food was great then and i dont think no one can duplicate their taste and friendliness. The food even today was great before they closed. Even nowadays before they closed I would go in there often. Back in the day I could get a taco for less than a dollar(way less) and something else too. I wish the family the best.

    Lajuana Delley | Jun 6th, 2014
  9. I’m Gonna Miss La Perla Mexican Deli It Was Tha Bomb!!! I Remember Comin Ever Since I Was A Lil Girl Up Until Now!!! Beef N Potatoes Cheese Sour Cream Was My Favorite With The Chips!! Orginial La Perla’s Will Be Missed!!! New La Perla’s I Wish U The Best!!!

    La Queta Ticer | May 31st, 2016
  10. No one does it better than the ones who owned it… I’m going to really miss them. Especially the beef and potatoes. The super burritos. My mom loved that place. Can’t no one duplicate their menu.

    neka | May 31st, 2016
  11. I would like to know if the Mexican Resturant El Sol in Rodeo is some of your family Original Owers of La Perla??

    Monica Byrd | May 31st, 2016

About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.