Great American Hamburger and Pie Co. closes after 38 years in business

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Great American Hamburger and Pie Co. closes after 38 years in business
Great American Hamburger and Pie Co. co-owners George and Helen Koliavas said a grateful and tearfful farewell to their customers on Tuesday, April 11, 2024. (All photos by Kathy Choutea)

A Point Richmond staple closed its doors today after 38 years.

Great American Hamburger and Pie Co. co-owners George and Helen Koliavas permanently closed on April 11 due to “two harsh years of COVID, high food inflation, and a recent ADA compliance lawsuit.”

SF Gate discovered that the burger joint was sued last year for lacking wheelchair access. The owners’ landlord ultimately determined the cost to install a wheelchair accessible ramp by the entrance to be too high.

The owners announced the closure “with great sadness.”

“We have been proud, happy, and tireless to serve our always fresh and reasonably priced food to the people of Richmond and the surrounding area,” they stated in a farewell post on social media. “Our success for the past 38 years has been attributed solely to the soul of this community and the kindness of our customers.”

Emotions were high when reporter Kathy Chouteau visited just before closing time. Frank Davis, a Richmond resident, said he’s been dining at Great American Hamburger and Pie Co. since he was a kid.

“I heard about what happened and I had to make a special trip over here,” he said.

Another customer who started dining at the eatery about two years ago, after he started working locally, called it the “best burger I’ve ever had.”

The popular eatery’s owners were clearly emotional, as well. While holding back tears, Helen said, “We want to thank all our supporters for the last 38 years. We appreciate you all very much. We love you.”