When I was in college in the early 1990s, my friends and I would go up to UC Berkeley to hang out. One place we always stopped off was Blondie’s Pizza on Telegraph Avenue. A slice of pizza and a soda cost five bucks.
Blondie’s Pizza got a new owner who changed the name to Abe’s Pizza in 2016 and changed the name back in 2022. A new store opened in San Jose at Oakridge Mall.
I got a slice of cheese pizza for $5.95, takeout box was $0.50, processing fee was $0.35, and sales tax was $0.64. A grand total of $7.44 for a slice of pizza and no soda.
The days of slapping down a fiver on the counter for a pizza slice and soda are long gone.
The cheese slice I had didn’t taste the same as I remembered it. Since I stopped drinking sodas six months ago, some foods don’t taste the same anymore.
The last time I visited Oakridge Mall in South San Jose was in September 2020. California allowed stores to reopen at 25% of capacity after the COVID-19 shutdown. I did a walkthrough video of the empty mall and the barren stores.
This past weekend I went to Oakridge Mall to visit two new restaurants in the food court. I got a slice of cheese pizza from Blondie’s Pizza and the Dreamsicle milkshake at Shack Shake. The mall was busy with so many new stores.
On Monday, August 31, 2020, the State of California updated its coronavirus guidelines to reopen indoor retail stores at 25% capacity. I did a walk-around at Westfield Oakridge Mall in Silicon Valley on Sunday, 9/13/2020. Most stores were either closed or empty. Apple and Target were the only busy stores. This is the second video in this playlist.