Pleasanton hotel closing Around Town, posted by Willis, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2008 at 4:21 pm
I had rented a room at the Pleasanton Hotel for an event next month, today I was informed by a staff member that the property owner would not renew their lease and they are closing on the 31st. Looks like we are losing another great business, they will be missed.
Posted by More to it., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 13, 2008 at 10:54 am
I am certain there is more to this than the owner simply not renewing the lease. The owner of the Pleasanton Hotel restaurant has had ongoing issues with this landlord for years. It would seem like a really perplexing time to allow a stallwart tenant to move out, given the current state of the economy. I wonder if the building owner has the rights to the name "The Pleasanton Hotel"?
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Dec 13, 2008 at 7:26 pm
According to the Images of America book "Pleasanton", the building known as "The Pleasanton Hotel" has carried that name continuously since 1934. Lease-holders may come and go, and owners may change, but it seems the building "owns" the name.
Posted by Odd, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 13, 2008 at 10:48 pm
Odd that the PW hasn't picked up this story, considering that Jeb Bing has been running articles lately regarding both the decline and the robustness of the downtown businesses. Seems the Pleasanton Hotel is an important "anchor" business to the northmost end of Main Street, and is quite the historical institution for Pleasanton, through various transformations. If it is indeed going out of business, shouldn't this be an important news item?
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Dec 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm
Has anyone supposed that maybe the building owner has a new lessee lined up to run the restaurant? The only thing stated to the original poster by the restaurant staff is the present restaurant is closing. If the hearsay is true that the building owner and lessee have clashed often, why would the building owner not swap out the tenant when the lease is up if he can find a new one?
Posted by Kristine, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:23 am
I have worked at the Pleasanton hotel off and on for a few years and this just makes me sad....I love that place and the feeling there, especially at the holidays and there are so many older people that have been going there for years...this is a shame...
Posted by rumor, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2008 at 7:12 pm
I heard a rumor that the building owner is going to run the place once the old tennant leaves (something about the son being a chef). I also heard some interior renovations/updates might be in the works.
Neil Marquis (the chef mentioned above) is doing a GREAT job at Eddie Pappa's btw!
Bill couldn't make a new lease happen so it fades into the sunset like all good "old style" restaurants have seem to go. This new restaurant that is to open to "attract a younger crowd" I hope is worth the gamble for the rich Alamo property owner. I can say for a fact that I will not try the new restaurant. I have been going to the P-Hotel for the last 15yrs and have a lot of good memories there, dining with my dad (who since passed), having my wife's BD at the sumptuous buffet, and most recently eating Thanksgiving dinner there (IT WAS PACKED). I loved the traditional food and the courteous staff. I missed Neil when he left, but still enjoyed the meals of recent times. I guess being 38 isn't young enough to be considered when it comes to finding a good place to eat. Let's amke way for the youngsters......