Fuel and Fuddle closing after 27 years in Oakland

Fuel and Fuddle has been a mainstay on Oakland Avenue since 1996, but after May 26, it will be closing up permanently.

Posting on Twitter from Fuel and FuddleOwner Brandon Smith — who bought the restaurant from its founders in 2014, according to the Post-Gazette — announced the closing May 10 on Twitter.

“Hey guys, unfortunately today I’m announcing that Fuel is closing up shop,” the Tweet read. “Our lease is up, and the rent, and just about everything else, has become too much for us. I just wanted to thank everyone for all the years of laughs and hugs and tips and shots. Assuming we have enough staff, our last day will be Friday, May 26th. So stop by one last time for a Smashed Potato Pizza or a Cajun Rosy or some Kick-Gas Nachos or a beer or bourbon.”

Fuel and Fuddle joins other iconic Oakland restaurants that have close in the past few years, including the Original Hot Dog Shoppe at Forbes and Bouquet Street, which closed in 2020 after 60 years; and the original Atwood Street location of Mad Mex, which opened in 1993 and closed in February of this year. Lulu’s Noodles, which had been on Craig Street for many years, closed in 2022; the location is now Bao.