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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 16:30

Almond Tree in Turlock Closes its Doors

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Owner John Diaz reflects on a menu as he cleans out what is left of Turlock’s Almond Tree. Owner John Diaz reflects on a menu as he cleans out what is left of Turlock’s Almond Tree. Samantha Chamberlain
Almond Tree Restaurant & Lounge has closed its doors after over 3 decades of serving the Turlock area. 

Since opening up over 30 years ago, Owner John Diaz has been a familiar face to many Turlock residents who patroned the hometown restaurant. Always seen with a beaming smile on his face, Diaz greeted his customers as if they were lifelong friends.

Located right off the freeway at Lander Ave, the Almond Tree was a popular meal and social stop for local farmers and ranchers, nightlife enthusiasts, and hungry travelers passing through Turlock on Highway 99.
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From biscuits and gravy to seafood to chili colorado, the Almond Tree catered to just about any appetite. Friday and Saturday nights’ prime rib special was a local favorite.

Devoted regular Joe Gomes reflects back on his years of morning coffee and breakfast at the Almond Tree. “I’m truly going to miss this place,” he tells Diaz while helping him clear out the last of the restaurant equipment. “We’ve watched each other grow old here.”

Aside from their wide variety of food, they were also known for their exciting nightlife. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Almond Tree was one of the only places in town you could go to get a bite after last call. Their karaoke and DJ dance nights provided a lively place for Turlockers to dance the night away.

In regards to why the Almond Tree is suddenly calling it quits, Diaz stated that their lease was up and he just decided it was time for him to retire.

“I have been very blessed to be able to serve the Turlock community for as long as I have. I want to give a sincere thank you to the community, and the City of Turlock,” he stated, “But most importantly, I want to thank my customers. It was such an honor serving you and making you part of my family.”

The 30 years of warm smiles, hospitality, and comforting food that used to greet the guests, friends, and family came to an end this month. Today was the final day Diaz or any of the Almond Tree family could be spotted at the former Almond Tree site.
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  1. Brent

It turned to be a place that thugs and tweakers ran. I'm pumped that Als and The Tree closed.

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  1. Angel

So sad to see john closing for good. He is such an awesome, genuine man. I have so many memories from there. Made great friends. And danced many nights away! God bless you John, enjoy your free time!

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  1. Juleen Gomez

I really miss their food, night life and the friends I made over the years. As one of the biscuits I just want to say I will truly miss the Almond Tree

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  1. kevin

Best food in the valley this is sad day for my stomach but everybody deserves to retire wish you well your place was one of a kind

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