By Autumn Johnson
Mama Rosa's Pizza and Pasta restaurant on 6770 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton appears to have closed. The windows are dark, the tables and decor have been removed and there is a "closed" sign in the window of the Italian restaurant. Few details are available behind the Italian restaurant's sudden closure. The last post on the Mama Rosa Facebook page was in November and calls and emails to the restaurant have gone unanswered.
The 5,502 square foot restaurant at 6770 Santa Rita Road has been listed as available for lease through the Lockehouse Team commercial real estate group since Dec. 10, 2013.
"We are looking for a strong new tenant and have gotten good traction so far," Aaron Dan of Lockehouse said.
Dan was not able to comment as to the reason behind the vacancy and said the property owner also declined to comment, although Dan did confirm the corporation listed as the tenants of the restaurant were the "Sandoval Food Corporation."
Dan wrote, via email:
"The corporation is/was headed by Marino Sandoval, his wife, and his two children."
According to records found online with the State of California, the Sandoval Food Enterprises, Inc. is listed as the company that had been running the restaurant. Sebastian Sandoval, who is listed as the "Agent for Service of Process," is the son of Marino Sandoval, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times from March of 2010.
A records check with the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office, lists both Sebastian and “Savarine Sandoval” as the owners of Mama Rosa’s since 2009. Nicole Sandoval used the name "Savarine" Nicole Sandoval, along with Sebastian's name, on the California State Alcohol Beverage Control website on an alcohol license they held for the El Balazo restaurant in Pleasanton.
The sudden closure of Mama Rosa's is similar to the infamous El Balazo closures.
On April 27, 2012, Pleasanton Patch reported that Marino, who owned the El Balazo restaurant chain throughout the Bay Area, was sentenced to 41 months in prison time after he and his wife, Nicole Sandoval, pled guilty to charges relating to undocumented immigrants, using fake social security numbers and under reporting on taxes. Nicole was sentenced to five years probation and 12 months of community confinement. Both were ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
Attempts to reach the Sandoval family for comment about the Mama Rosa's closure have been unsuccessful.
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