Oct 6, 2016

A woman celebrating her 75th birthday on Thursday passed on a fancy meal and instead chose a window seat at Caspers Famous Hot Dogs in Richmond.

This is nothing new. For the past 65 birthdays, the woman told us, she has made it a point to stop in for a meal at the delicious hot dogs spot at 2530 Macdonald Ave., located across the street from Richmond Civic Center.

This ultra-loyal customers is one reason why Caspers has been going strong since 1947. The place is known for incredible customer service and a consistent desire to get meals right.

“My brother and I would come here, and then we would get a hot dog and we would go across the street, and there was a movie theater,” according to the 75-year-old birthday girl. “And that’s how we’d spend our Saturdays.”

That movie theater was on the site now occupied by the Richmond Senior Center.

Of course, Caspers is also famously known as a hangout spot for city leaders and politicians, including the boisterous former councilmember and current council candidate Corky Booze. Booze had set up his 2010 campaign headquarters at the establishment.

When the Richmond Standard stopped by the business on Thursday to film a Small Biz Boost, we found Booze swapping stories with Councilmember Nat Bates, who is running for reelection.

Eric Strong, who has been working at Caspers for 10 years, says he loves working in Richmond and that his loyal customers are his favorite part about the city.



  1. Happy 75th Birthday and many more! I believe the theater was called the Uptown Theatre. John Rice has a very interesting site at ‘The Lost Theatres of Richmond California’ . All of the old theatres in Richmond are mentioned and it’s very fun and interesting reading.

    Richmond Resident | Oct 6th, 2016
  2. It’s so great that she can celebrate by going to a place that she loves! Great tradition and fun way to celebrate her 75th! Cheers to this wonderful milestone and best wishes for many more!

    Why | Oct 6th, 2016

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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.