Posted by Tri-Tip Withdrawals, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:30 am
Me and My Friends closing is truly sad. The quality of their food was very good, and Vince always provided that special made-to-order touch. I am really going to miss their tri-tip sandwiches. I have worried though, that the location was not the best. Off the beaten track for the lunch crowd, and as with most downtown businesses, parking was an issue.
Posted by stinky, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:36 am
the snark is limitless from the left on here. This was a business that employed people in this town and contributed to the tax base. Yes, I would like to know why a business with lots of positive reviews
Posted by Kim, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2012 at 9:17 am
This is really sad. The owner was wonderful the few times I went in before or after a hair appt at a nearby salon. I'm kicking myself now for not going more often instead of just when I was there. It's a good reminder that we all need to be mindful of supporting these often unique and locally owned places.
I wish the owner all the best and great success at whatever he pursues. He is truly good people that put out a good product with great service.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2012 at 9:46 am
Sorry, from the way the original post was written I didn't understand that the cafe that was closing was "Me and my Friends Cafe". Never been there but I've heard of it and understand that the reviews were good.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Great place, but randomly open. I tried to eat there several times only to find them closed during what most would assume to be normal operating hours. Too bad. the times they were there the food was very good.
Posted by Annie, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Why should I care whether the cafe closed or not? I don't eat at local eateries because they're too expensive. How do you think people get to live in houses that the others of you can only envy? Keep your money in your pocket, shop at Walmart, acquire some discikpline, and you can have a house like mine that overlooks the rest of you peons.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm
In order to thrive a business needs:
Again, in order for a business to succeed it requires
1. a satisfactory product or service that inspires repeat business
2. manageable operation costs
3. physical conditions that facilitate operation
So you need something that people want at a price which reflects its value (as perceived by the customer) available at a location which is easy to access, safe, and, importantly, open for business when the customer arrives.
Posted by Daniel Bradford, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Dec 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm
Sorry to hear this little cafe is closing. The restaurant business is a very competitive one, and 50% of them close before their first anniversary. It's especially difficult to compete against the national chains and franchises, who can buy their food and other supplies in bulk discounts not available to the mom-and-pop stores.
This business wasn't staffed by union members, so what's the right-wingers complaint now? They'd still be in business, if only Obama had shown us his birth certificate? (His REAL one from the Socialist Peoples Freedom Hospital in Kenya, not that phony-baloney one he somehow got the Hawaiian government to notarize).
Downtown Pleasanton has always been a bit of a puzzle to me. There doesn't seem to be a vision for it. It's not bad, it's just...bland. You can get a wider range of goods and services at the Stoneridge Mall. You can go to Livermore or Berkeley and dine at far better restaurants.
Pleasanton's downtown doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. A charming bit of Americana frozen in time? An upscale dining/shopping experience?
All I know is that the last time I dined in downtown Pleasanton, my dinner (which wasn't good nor bad, just ok) was disrupted by the Over the Hill gang, the wannabe biker gang revving their $30,000 Harleys in violation of the municipal noise ordinance. Maybe that's the answer: get some faux dives (faux greasy spoons and faux pool halls and faux "tough guy" bars) to go with the phony tough guys who ride in 7-series BMWs Monday through Friday and Harleys with the "soft" suspension on weekends. It can be like Disneyland, only for middle-aged poseurs with no sense of how ridiculous they look.
Posted by Out of Touch, a resident of the Civic Square neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 9:38 am
While the former Mayor was off saving the ridge and the world she and the rest of the out touch council have let main street the heart of the community die. Livermore and Danville heck even Dublin are aggressively pursuing the retail and entertainment dollar. Letís hope the new crew spend more time on what they were elected to do and wakes up and is a lot more open minded. Otherwise the only reason left to go downtown left downtown to bank and go to occasional parade.
Posted by Doris S., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 9:50 am
I was raised in the Northeast, which is dotted with charming small towns from Maine all the way through Jersey. Sometimes a small artsy theatre, but always a used bookstore with a tasteful collection, and cafes with bookshelves lined with good reading material and an everpresent classical guitar should anyone want to share their music. Perhaps that is the difference between the Northeast and towns like Dublin and Ptown. One of taste. The Northeast fosters a culture of inquiry and sociality. Our towns in this neck of the woods seems to only think about profit motive and generating revenue streams. I prefer the Northeast. It is more genuine as compared to the cheapness and tawdriness one finds here. Once my children graduate and my husband retires, I will return to a part of the country where getting one's toenails painted while watching Fox News on a wall-mounted plasma screen is not a priority.
Posted by Another Neighbor in Pleasanton, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Dec 3, 2012 at 10:04 am
The issue I had was the name. Found it a complete turn off. The name "Me & My Friends" is not proper English. (Is this person not educated.) I am trying to get my kids to speak proper English and a name like that sure does not help. Then by the name the owner put him/herself first. That sounds rude. Then is it open to just he/she and friends? Well, we are not friends. Never met them. So no, we never went in. Finally my husband said it sounds like the name of a pet food store.
As far as downtown Pleasanton goes, the hardest is the downtown parking or lack there of. With all the signs and postings of where we cannot park - it just seems so unfriendly. Why not list have the business list the hours when parking is available in their lot? As an example - the banks. They are not open in the evenings - well why not say that parking is open after 6:00 pm or something like that. Or the other restaurants. They have spots that are empty - why not let people park that may not be eating there (perhaps they will later). If your restaurant is good people will find you. Plus if your restaurant looks busy people get the impression that it is a good restaurant.
We like the Rising Loafer. Just wish they had booths to sit in and would change their menu occasionally.
Posted by WTF?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 11:39 am
How did this get political? The fact that Me and My Friends is closing has nothing to do with unions. If anything, blame free market economics...
I'll be sad to see them go. I'm not a big fan of deli food, but they always used good ingredients and their meatloaf sandwich was fantastic. They seemed to get plenty of lunchtime business from the surrounding offices, so the closure is rather surprising. I do think that the location and the parking situation had something to do with it, though; it was always a nerve-wracking couple of minutes trying to park in that tiny lot.
Hopefully they'll open in a more convenient location. I'll bring them plenty of business.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Another Neighbor said: "The issue I had was the name. Found it a complete turn off. The name "Me & My Friends" is not proper English. (Is this person not educated.) I am trying to get my kids to speak proper English and a name like that sure does not help. Then by the name the owner put him/herself first. That sounds rude. Then is it open to just he/she and friends? Well, we are not friends. Never met them. So no, we never went in. Finally my husband said it sounds like the name of a pet food store."
I guess then that "Michael Mina" or "Gary Danko" must also be turn-offs to you since the owner is putting "him/herself first". How about the "French Laundry"? Hey! They're not even a laundry!
Posted by The "Other" Another Neighbor in Pleasanton, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm
So let me get this straight "ANiP" you've never patronized a local eatery on the grounds that they did not include YOU in their title (as in Me & Another Neighbor in Pleasanton's Place) and that they chose to use an improper plural tense in naming their establishment yet you seem fine with showing your ignorance by slamming them when you have no basis, understanding, or first hand experience with the owner, staff or their food? I'm sure your children will learn a lovely lesson from your prejudiced and closed minded attitude.
By the way, never could stand The Rising Loafer (aka the sprout nazis) so I can thank God I'll likely never have a run in with your kind anytime soon.
Posted by Amused, a resident of the Canyon Creek neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm
I am amused at all the hub bub about downtown. Banks and restaurants do not make a Downtown. Pleasanton suffers because it cannot seem to recruit businesses to town on a consistant basis. I would lose the Economic Development gal who is has done little for Ecoomic Development. While Dublin and Livermore beat the pants off us, we remain smug and to "good" to get out there and bring business to town. Bernal Avenue entrance looks like any other town along a freeway. The entrances to a community attract folks. A partnership with the fairgrounds to bring buswiness to town would be good. I think a nice sized professional soccer stadium located east of the Bernal fire station with a bridge connecting the fairgrounds might benefit both entities. Fairgrounds could supply parking for attendees. Maybe football games could be played there too. But as of right now you have to almost always drive out of Pleasanton to get some basics. My wife grouses about having to drive to Joanne's to get sewing supplies, etc. in Dublin. Downtown is paralized by property owners who command high rents (not blaming them) but a real downtown has shops like a shoe cobbler, a hardware store, some other functional stores other than restaurants and banks. We have a "gucci" downtown, but that is what the inhabitants of Pleasanton want. I frequent the businesses outside of downtown because they offer more for me. The sign ordinance is a real hinderance to some businesses and should be looked at.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Sorry to see Me and My's go. They fixed a fresh turkey everyday, and made the best turkey sandwiches and wonderful turkey rice soup. The location was not good. Hope they re-open someplace else in P-town.