Sad news from reader Rondi: “For John Dickson, The Restaurant Guy in the Independent: We went to Empress Palace [at 2251 Las Positas Road] Wednesday for lunch and there was a ‘closed’ sign on the front door. Upon further inspection, there was an eviction notice posted from the SB Superior Court. What a shock! They have been around for years. Will miss their walnut shrimp dish.” I tried calling to confirm but their phone number is disconnected. Their web site empresspalace1.com says Empress Palace is open for business as usual.