Mari Kennard, the owner of downtown Pleasanton's Redcoats British Pub and Restaurant, will ask the Planning Commission tonight to allow her business extend its indoor DJ music and dancing to Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The application adds Redcoats to a growing number of downtown businesses looking to spice up nightlife along the Main Street corridor.
In her petitions, Kennard said the entertainment during the work week would have earlier closing hours than the weekend. Currently, according to a city planning staff report, Redcoats, located at 336 St. Mary St., is allowed to start the music at 9:45 p.m. and end at 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Kennard is requesting that music and dancing be allowed from 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The request has gotten some feedback from the public. Dr. Howard Long, who lives and works across the street, said the restaurant has been a good neighbor and he supports the proposal.
However, others who contacted the city are not pleased. Bill Apperson, who lives a block west on St. Mary near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, said intoxicated people are littering and relieving themselves on his property.
Most affected by the extended hours are Gene and Genie Finch, who live just 30 feet from Redcoats, according to the city staff report. The Finches said they are against the proposal, adding that they currently have to keep their windows closed due to the noise and cigarette smoke emanating from the restaurant. They've requested that the extended hours for Wednesdays and Thursdays be limited to 10 p.m.
But city planners are on board with Redcoats' proposal as requested, saying that the music is appropriate in the mixed use zoning district downtown. As part of the original conditions of approval for entertainment, Redcoats is required to monitor both inside and outside the business and Kennard has hired security to help enforce that.
Kennard's request follows one made by Barone's Restaurant, located on St. John Street, which drew negative reactions from residents who live nearby the upscale eatery. In September, the City Council voted 3-2 to accept the unanimous decision of the Planning Commission allowing Barone's to open earlier, stay open later and offer outdoor music from as many as three stages six days a week.
The city's planning staff is recommending that the commission approve Kennard's petition.
The Planning Commission meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. tonight in the Civic Center's council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave.