The Story Behind Al the WOPs
Al’s place was constructed in 1915 by Lee Bing and three partners who ran a Chinese restaurant here in Locke, California. In 1934 Al Adami and an associate came up the river from Ryde to become the first non-Chinese business in town. Later Al purchased the building from Lee Bing and continued in the business until his death in 1961.
From the beginning, Al’s goal was to create an establishment with no pretense which he named named Al the WOP’s. Al’s goal was to create an establishment for the working man, a place to “Come in, relax and leave your worries outside.” From this many traditions were born. The first was the cutting off of businessmen’s ties and leaving them at the front door. This tradition was followed by tacking dollars to the ceiling as homage to the people of Locke. This money was used to host an annual liver feed for the local people who had supported him.
Many traditions are still alive and well at Al’s today as Al the WOP’s has operated as a restaurant and bar more or less continuously since Al first opened its doors to the public. The dollars are still on the ceiling and you are expected to take your tie off before you come in. In its almost 100 year history Al the WOPs has become a destination for bikers, boaters and tourists from around the world. We pride ourselves on holding on to the values that Al established. It’s a place to leave your worries at the door, enjoy good drink and food, and experience the community of the California Delta with your friends.