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Stacey's Under New Management

Original post made by Wanda on Jul 13, 2010

I just saw the sign saying "new management". Does anyone know if the menu will change? Where did Stacy go?

Comments (35)

Posted by Tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Isn't or wasn't Stacys owned by a family that built a large house above Vintage Hills (yes with an s)? Didn't they have a restrant in Dublin also?


Posted by Curious Dave, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Stacy's restaurant was backed by Scott Adams ('Dilbert' cartoonist), who met Stacy a few years ago when she was working as a waitress/hostess and dreamed of having her own restaurant one day. Scott made her dream possible, as well as his own dream of building a gigantic home (12,000+ square feet with indoor tennis court) at the top of Gray Fox Circle in Vintage Hills.

Stacy (no relation to Scott, who is married) first closed her Dublin restaurant a few months ago, and now it appears is handing over her Pleasanton restaurant to someone. I, for one, would like to know more if anyone has the scoop.


Posted by tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Thank you for the info. I'm sorry that it didn't work out for Stacy. Some of us are not meant to be managers of our own businesses


Posted by M., a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

M. is a registered user.

The restaurant business has an extremely high rate of failure. Unfortunate indeed.

m.


Posted by Downtown Foodie, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Irrespetive of the change in management, the cook appears to have stayed the same, and the new management worked out a deal to keep the menu.

I think the food is still excellent, good variety of fish and fresh vegetables, and service is cheery.

Did note that the number of customers seems significantly fewer.


Posted by Rick, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Dave,
How about providing directions to your house as well since you seem to think that's okay to do to someone else?


Posted by resident, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm

They can change the management at Stacey's but until they change the chef it will not be worth the dollars charged. The menu selections may be fine but everything is "over sauced", "garlic heavy" and just not what it used to be. I love to support the downtown restaurants but you still need to feel like the taste of the food is worth the price paid. That has not been the case in recent history at this restaurant. Pasta's may be the next to follow. I've been a frequent customer there since they opened but the new management is not doing the business any favors. Our last two meals there have been awful! For the prices the downtown restaurants need to charge (due to excessive rents) the food and service need to be good. I will continue to try to support the businesses downtown but please keep an eye on your quality.


Posted by Curious Dave, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

@Rick, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood:

Be nice, young feller ... and if you're in Scott's neighborhood any time soon, don't go a knockin. I hear he's a very private sort of guy :)


Posted by Curious Dave, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm

@Rick, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood:

Sorry 'bout the slam, bud. To be perfectly honest, I walk in that neighborhood most days of the week and witnessed the on-going construction first-hand. It was really difficult not to notice the size and it became immediately apparent (since I knew he had applied for a permit in that neighborhood) that it must be the "Dilbert" guy's house. So, no longer is that a secret! [portion removed]


Posted by Eric, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

We ate at Stacy's a couple of times, I didn't mind so much the $11.00 for the glass of wine, the least they could do is fill the glass or charge $5.50 for the 1/2 glass that they pour.


Posted by mama, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:50 am

Curious Dave, the Valley Times ran an article couple years ago when Scott Adams was building his home and the location was given due to the fact there were people who objected to its size.


Posted by Roger Smith, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

I think different. We used to go to Stacy's when it was located in Rosewood shopping center. The chef (Do not know his name) said he owned it. The food was good. Maybe he was married to Stacy? Then Scott Adam met her and they partnered in the two restaurants one in Dublin and the other in Downtown.We hosted a party in Dublin restaurant once and paid almost $2400 for 20 persons which was too pricy. In the present economy such pricy restaurants are not doing well and are closing down. I had also heard that Stacy was getting married to Scott. (Sorry I did not know he was married. Rumors.)


Posted by MeMa, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

The Stacy's in Rosewood Pavillion was owned by the same family that owned(s) the Railroad Cafe in Livermore. The chef was a member of that family.


Posted by Lisa Eskey, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

We were given a gift card for our wedding and went to use it on last week... on my birthday. We had good service, although slow (even though the restaurant wasn't busy on TH evening), and the food was delicious. Our experience ended on a sour note when the new management would not honor the gift card. As a diner, I come for ambiance, food and service... I don't care that new management won't realize the revenue from my gift card, as it was purchased under old management. What I care, and what I remember, and what I share, was that real money was paid for that card and wasn't accepted. All the good work from the wait and cooking staffs was wiped away by this last note.My husband and I won't return to that restaurant again, as that gesture shows that new management doesn't care about customer loyalty and they'd rather snag my $75 one time rather than have me as a returning customer, who would have otherwise raved about her special birthday dining experience.


Posted by Peter M, a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

Grow up Dave. Pleasanton doesn't need your type.


Posted by Observer, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

Stacy didn't get married to Scott.

Check out People Magazine article. Web Link


Posted by Alice, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

My husband and I have been going to Stacey's Cafe since it opened.
The Stacey's in Rosewood Pavilion was not related to it. The 2nd location in Dublin, Stacey's at Waterford closed in May '09. Stacey and Scott were purely business associates. The new owner of Stacey's is Abe who used to be the GM of Happs and also owned Blue Jeans Cafe in Livermore. That one lasted about 1 to 1-1/2 years. Uncle Yu's is currently at that location. The plan is not to change the menu, or even the staff. We ate there since the change of ownership, which took place as of June 1st. The prices are still too high, but the food is still good.


Posted by DA, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Mema, You're correct regarding the Rosewood restaurant (though I'm not sure the name is correct). He then moved it downtown and called it ?? on Main. It was where Fontina's is now. It didn't last long.


Posted by Alice, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

DA, I agree with you that I don't think the name of the restaurant in Rosewood Pavilion was Stacey's. It was the one that moved to where Fontina's is and has been for quite awhile now.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

We used to go to Stacey's occasionally, and generally liked it. But overall, for what it delivered, it was/is too expensive relative to comparable downtown restaurants. Quite frankly, so many of these Main Street restaurants just don't stand out, and we've stopped going to most of them.

I would love to see some become more friendly to families--we love Eddie Papa's because it is so kid-friendly, but also has decent grown-up food. I also think Pleasanton could use a REALLY high-end destination restaurant.


Posted by Good to know, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Thanks Lisa - for the info on your gift card. This is good to know. Definitely makes me give it a second thought when I'm choosing to patronize a restaurant downtown. What a bummer, and disappointing new management!

Thanks again for sharing............... helps us all out to share the bad & good.


Posted by Tim, a resident of Happy Valley
on Jul 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Am always sad to see a good restaurant close up. The economy is tough right now but perhaps we can turn things around this Fall. Stacey's had a good menu and their risotto was the BEST in the Valley. Hopefully they will keep it as good as ever. I will be anxious to try the place under the new owners.


Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Downtowner is a registered user.

It is unlawful for a business to fail to honor a gift card (stored value card) that was sold by the previous owner/management. When a business is sold, it is sold subject to the liabilities of the business - that includes utilities, suppliers, and things like gift cards. I would have politely (and then perhaps not so politely) insisted. Lisa E., you should write to the restaurant and receive a refund.

This only applies to actual purchased value cards, NOT to discounts, advertised specials, etc., which are simply gratuities.


Posted by Tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Can anyone tell me if a space that is coming up soon, on or near Main St., where a good fresh Italian Restaurant could move in? They were in Castro Valley, and would like to move over this way. Maybe Pastas?


Posted by Andrea, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Just an FYI that I noticed a sign on the door when I ate there with my work group yesterday for lunch that Passport cards are no longer accepted, so I just wanted to share that bit of info. It mentioned another type of card too, but I didn't catch the name.


Posted by Tissy, a resident of Charter Oaks
on Jul 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Sassy's not Stacey's at Rosewood and then Main St.


Posted by jaca, a resident of Mission Park
on Jul 15, 2010 at 8:03 am

I loved the Rose Pavillion Sassys I had heard, a few months back, that Pleasanton Staceys was closing. Guess they are going to stay are going to go with new management instead


Posted by Trent Reznor, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 15, 2010 at 8:53 am

Just to set the record straight on a couple of items -

- Stacey's and Scott Adams of Dilbert Fame were business partners, nothing more.
- Stacey's in Dublin was closed over year ago when the landlord raised the rent during the economic downturn.
- Scott Adams married, welcomed a child to the family, and is building a new house. His priorities changed and he decided to get out of the restaurant business.
- New ownership took over officially two weeks ago.
- The new ownership did not retain the previous chef (who I personally believe was the best they had in the past couple of years).
- As with any new management, there will be changes in staff, menu, management philosophy, etc.
- All that said, Stacey and her staff will be missed. However, I am certain that she will land on her feet and start a new successful venture soon.

That's all I go to say about that!


Posted by Michael Leonard, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:06 am

Michael Leonard is a registered user.

I've been going to Stacey's for over 10 years. I've always like the food and service as well as Stacey's hospitality. It was a very successful business and Stacey was a charming hostess. I'm going to miss the Wednesday night music on the patio.

As I understand she sold for personal reasons, not due to problems with the restaurant, although business was down like for all downtown locations. The original intention was to keep the menu and staff and I know many of the staff are still there, don't know about Ryan the chef, but I liked his cooking.

Stacey knows her wine and had a successful wine club that I went to many times. Wine is sold by the standard 5 oz pour, not by the fill level. It is usual to use a glass that holds 5 oz at 1/3 full to allow the aromas to be retained and appreciated. Many restaurants use a glass that is almost full at 5 oz causing the aromas to be lost, yet still charge high prices for ordinary wine.


Posted by Long time resident, a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm

While I don't condone the negative diatribe usually found on this site, I can't help but add my two cents about Stacey's. Though Stacey was pleasant, and the restaurant had a good ambiance and excellent location, I never understood how so many people in our town were roped into believing the food was good and the prices were right. This was one of the most expensive restaurants in the entire Bay Area, including San Francisco. Her prices were outrageous for what we considered to be mediocre food, at best. It's hard to find a meatless pasta dish for $25 on any menu at any fine restaurant, but Stacey's had it. And, $17.95 for a Cobb salad - she must be kidding. This isn't New York City (where prices are actually less than this!) or Paris, France. We shouldn't be supporting a local restaurant that over charges and produces a less than quality product. I hope the new owners understand what it takes to offer good food at reasonable prices. If so, they should have a success on their hands, even in a down economy.


Posted by Bruce, a resident of Mission Park
on Jul 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

@Lisa Eskey, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood

I would print this column and give it to the manager, He should have honored the gift card, and I for one will never go back!


Posted by Ron J, a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Try MacNamara's on San Ramon Valley Boulevard in Dublin for excellent dinners (only - no lunches). Very good, and experienced operators, know how to treat customers and prepare very good food. I usually take my company and their significant others there for Christmas celebrations/dinners, simply because everyone enjoys the food and atmosphere so much (of course, they're not paying the tab!). Best seared ahi dinner I have found, and meat dishes are very good.


Posted by Resident of Pleasanton, a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 17, 2010 at 8:52 am

I spoke to Stacey this summer and she said she is opening a wine bar in Danville in November. I don't have any other details. I can't wait. I miss Stacey and really appreciated her personal touch, as a restaurant owner.


Posted by Susanna Gordon, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jun 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Stacy's was owned by Scott Adams, the icon who writes the "Dilbert" columns and books. He is regarded as the muse for all of us who worked in hi-tech in the eighties and nineties, probably still.


Posted by Kim, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

I have never liked Stacy's Restaurant.


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