Shown in the photo are (from left) Special Events Director Marie Graham, Chef Ryan Osentowski, Westmoreland and Operations Manager April Silvey.
For Westmoreland, who also owns Eddie Papa's restaurant on Hopyard Road, opening a restaurant in the Pleasanton Hotel was “an opportunity for me to be involved on Main Street and to restore the Grand Lady, as the hotel is called.”
The Clubhouse is the first of two restaurants planned for the hotel, along with a refurbished a banquet room and an updated outdoor patio where food and beverages will be served starting next spring.
Work is underway to complete the second restaurant before Thanksgiving. A white tablecloth dining room, it’s been named Lily’s Spirit Room for Lily, the intriguing “friend” who has been haunting the Pleasanton Hotel forever,
“We haven’t seen her,” Westmoreland said, although upstairs office tenants of the hotel have reported unusual nighttime noises and possible sightings.
When fully opened, Lily’s will offer lunch and dinner as well as Sunday brunch.
Westmoreland’s not alone in choosing downtown Pleasanton as a place for surging interest in new restaurants and entertainment centers. Laura Olson, director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, said more are coming.
SideTrack will open soon at 30 West Angela St. It will be a casual dining establishment featuring hand-crafted burgers, small plates, salads, seasonal dishes and a full bar.
Zachary’s Pizza will open early next year in the Bank of America building at 337 Main St., moving into half the current bank space while banking operations will continue in the other half.
Also next year, the Patio Café will take over the former Stacey’s restaurant space at 310-A Main St.
Beso, a higher end Mexican restaurant, will open on the second floor of the new building at 725 Main St.
Ramen 101, known for its great add-ons to its ramen, will open at 444 Main St.
Recently opened downtown are Uptown Burger Bar at 724 Main St.; Shanghai Dumpling House, 201 Main St.; Wild One Cal Mex Grill at 349 Main St.; Experience Burma at 221 Division St.; Prime Poke at 349 Main St., and Salt Craft at 377 St. Mary St.
Also opening next year (hopefully) will be Cook’s Seafood Restaurant in Koll Center, across from the Fairgrounds at the corner of Bernal and Valley avenues. The restaurant has consistently won rave reviews for fresh fish at its Menlo Park location.
“Hopefully” is my expression since a sign on the building since early last year says “Coming Soon.”
Cook’s, on its Website, states: “We know ‘Coming Soon’ sure is taking longer than we all expected. We are working hard to get this right.”
The message continues” “We had some construction delays, but rest assured, we will be opening our award-winning family seafood restaurant soon.”
Since 1928, Cook’s Seafood has been selling fresh crabs and frying up orders of fish and chips on El Camino Real. The Pleasanton restaurant will mark the first time its owners, the Crumrine family, will be expanding outside Menlo Park.