Bay Area burger restaurant chain to move iconic location

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Since 1978, the late-night burger and pie chain has occupied 76 Moraga Way. Now, the business is moving into a much larger new location just across the street, reported the Orinda News

“This is a bittersweet weekend for our Orinda store,” read a post from Nation’s on Instagram on Friday. “It’s the last weekend we will be in our current spot that we’ve been in since 1978. Don’t worry, we aren’t going far! … We’re excited to share our brand new and LARGER restaurant with the community for many years to come.”

Nation’s will move into 65 Moraga Way in Orinda, which was formerly home to Italian restaurant Taverna Pellegrini. While the old space was 1,267 square feet, the new one is 2,564 square feet. Construction to make exterior improvements to the building are slated to begin early next year, according to the Orinda News. 

In the comments of the social media post, people shared their memories of stopping by Nation’s in Orinda for a slice of birthday pie, or for a late-night hamburger on their way home after seeing a show at the Concord Pavilion.

Russ Harvey opened the first location of Nation’s in 1952 in San Pablo, originally as a hot dog stand. Harvey soon added burgers, and the menu eventually expanded to include shakes, sandwiches and pies. Today, 70 years later, Nation’s is a chain with 28 locations, mostly in the Bay Area.

On Instagram, Nation’s shared that the new restaurant at 65 Moraga Way in Orinda would open the middle of this week. SFGATE reached out to Nation’s to see if it was officially open yet, but did not hear back in time for publication.



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