Redcoats opened Dec. 15 at 336 St. Mary St. Mari Kennard owns the restaurant along with her ex-husband Paul. Residents may know her if they've ever been to her popular British pub in Danville, called The Crown. Kennard said she describes Redcoats as very similar to The Crown, but with an evolution to the concept of the restaurant.
Kennard, a Brit, left England in 1980 and is a Pleasanton resident.
Asked why she chose the name Redcoats, Kennard said "We had a lot of brainstorming sessions and in the end, that name resonated, both sides of the Atlantic really," she said. "If you see our sign, it's actually a decapitated redcoat so it's a little tongue and cheek because it was, of course, the redcoats who were the enemy of the Americans as the soldiers of the British."
While the restaurant has only been open for two weeks, Kennard said she's been amazed by the response.
"We were blown away because we just quietly opened our doors and we were very full (the first day we opened) and (the day after) also," she said.
Kennard describes the pub and restaurant's atmosphere as friendly, fun and international.
In addition to restaurant seating and a full bar, Redcoats has a mezzanine level that serves as a lounge at night--something unique in downtown Pleasanton.
Kennard said on evenings, groups can request the lounge for private parties and bottle service will be available.
When you come upon the restaurant, it's evident that the building has a storied history, as most buildings in downtown do.
The back portion of the restaurant is where a church used to be. That part of the building was constructed in 1888.
"Then, the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Hall sits at the front of it and that was built in 1907," Kennard said.
Brothers Bob and Jim Byrd performed the work on the building to renovate it for the restaurant
"It's exactly what Pleasanton needs," Kennard said. "We feel it meets a lot of needs for Pleasanton residents in the way of ambiance, food offering and the spirit that we have. I love downtown Pleasanton and I want to be part of it."
For more information about Redcoats, visit www.redcoatspub.com.