Redcoats' petition for longer weeknight entertainment hours goes before Planning Commission tonight

Popular British restaurant, pub would keep music, dancing going to midnight Wednesdays, Thursdays

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.

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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 18, 2009 at 8:16 am

It's the same old story: If you live downtown, you need to expect this. Business owners and residents that want to hang out downtown past 7pm shouldn't suffer just because someone chose to live near an entertainment district.

I'm hoping they pass this and many more!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 18, 2009 at 9:16 am

Most of us who live downtown are in agreement that living here means accepting more noise/traffic/etc. What I am opposed to is the complete failure of this bar to monitor underage drinking. They attract a young crowd because they do not adequately check (if at all) the IDs. They serve excess alcohol to people who are already way past the limit (remember the 2 guys from Danville who beat up the taxi driver?). If they want this town to allow them longer hours they need to comply with the laws. Check the IDs of everyone or lose the liquor license. Stop serving more alcohol to already drunk patrons or lose the liquor license.
If Redcoats is not willing to clean up their act then they should just be shut down. Personally, I went there once and was disgusted by the food the price and the clientele. If they cannot get the underage problem fixed then the city (county? state? whatever) needs to just pull their license.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 18, 2009 at 9:48 am

@ Resident - would you please cite the evidence of Redcoats not complying with drinking laws? Is there a police report or multiple eyewitness reports.

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Posted by Of Age Drinker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Being a frequent patron of the coats I can assure you "resident" they do in fact check id's of everyone entering the bar.

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Posted by funny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I think it's kind of amusing that they used that doctor as a source. Isn't he the (Word removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) guy with the "Obama is a Nazi" signs in front of his practice? Doesn't really help your case when someone like that endorses you, Redcoats! ;)

p.s. I know there are lots of regulars on this site who have similar views to Dr. Long. Here come the flames...

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Posted by Tired of Noise & Litter
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I don't live in the downtown area, so this issue does not affect me directly. However, I do have a friend that lives about a block away and must put up with litter, and loud (drunken?) carrying on that happens all too often on streets near Main. Why must people who moved to an area endure no limits on the level of noise they are subjected to? This is considerably more than present when they bought their home.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 19, 2009 at 8:39 am

I would just like to say "Thank you" to Mary Kennard of Red Coats, Sue Martinovich for The Farmer, and Joe and Maricela Barone for their work at Barone's. Here are three people who have invested massive amounts of money, time and energy into Pleasanton's Downtown. Reading these blogs where all they do is get raked across the coals is not fair and is getting old. If you've got a better idea for the Downtown, step up, put some of your money, energy and time on the line and rent the Domus Building. It's just sitting there for all the do gooders and complainers to make their mark! Good Luck.
And thanks again for those who have actually done something in this economy in our Downtown; Mary, Sue, Joe and Mari!

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