Marshawn Lynch Tackles East Bay Restaurant Scene With Soul Food Eatery Purchase

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Marshawn Lynch was just a kid when he first started eating hamburgers and fries at Emeryville’s Scend’s Restaurant. Now, the Oakland Raiders player is set to be the soul food restaurant’s next owner.

The 3,611-square-foot space was put on the market about a year ago when owner Cassie Nickelson decided to retire. NAI has been marketing the property at 3627-3629 San Pablo Ave. for $1.425 million, and according to media reports, Lynch is the buyer.

NAI’s Joby Tapia, who has been representing Nickelson, said he couldn’t confirm who is buying the property, but added that the deal is expected to close in late August.

Scend’s has been operating in its Emeryville location since 1967, and Eater reportsthat Lynch decided to purchase the property to keep it open. Both the building and the liquor license will be turned over to the Raiders’ newest player, but it’s unclear whether he’ll retain the same concept or put his own twist on it.

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Nickelson declined to provide further details or confirm the news, stating backlash from Lynch’s brokers after the longtime owner spoke with KTVU earlier this week.

The restaurant is the latest addition to Lynch’s business stake in the East Bay: His retail line, Beast Mode, has a brick-and-mortar location at 811 Broadway in his hometown of Oakland.

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He also has his Fam 1st Family Foundation alongside former San Francisco 49er Joshua Johnson, who is his cousin. The foundation was formed to improve the lives of Bay Area kids through mentoring.

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