Clarke’s closing after 75 years of burgers

Clarke's Charcoal Broiler at 615 W. El Camino Real. Photo from Clarke's Facebook page.

Daily Post Staff Writer

Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler at 615 W. El Camino Real is shutting its doors after 75 years of serving what some have deemed the best burgers in Mountain View.

The Blach Family, who have owned Clarke’s since the late Jim Blach purchased it from Bill Clarke in 1975, announced their decision on Facebook on Saturday.

Liz Blach, whose family owns Clarke’s, serves up some burgers.

“We have made the difficult decision to close our restaurant as of March 31, 2020,” the post reads. “Due to the COVID-19 and the current shelter in place, it has made it impossible for us to continue on.”

Fans of the eatery expressed their dismay in comments on the Facebook post.

Jen Herman-Russell said she grew up eating at Clarke’s and is sad to see it go.

Rachel Johnson said they have the “best burgers ever.”

Brian Keith added that the shakes are “incredible.”

“You are hands down the best burger joint in the area, and your milkshakes are unmatched,” said Bud Christenson. “Life won’t be the same without you.”

“Thank you so much for so many memories over the years, and of course all the good food,” wrote Ari Multhauf. “You’re my children’s favorite, and you’ll be dearly missed.”

There was a Los Altos Clarke’s location but it closed a number of years ago.


  1. I’ve been going there for 50 years and bring every out of towner there. I am so grateful for all the years but crushed it is closingl

  2. Is there a backstory? Did they own the property is it being redeveloped? So sad to hear this news, iconic businesses are dropping left and right, we will be left with a bunch of corporate chains

  3. OH NO! So sad! I hope that when the virus is gone, they may rethink closing. We love to go there; great burgers, fries, onion rings, shakes! I hope we can rally to keep our local restaurants going!!!

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