Redcoats gets OK for four nights of downtown entertainment

Council approval comes 4 months after pub owner's request

Mari Kennard finally won the approval of the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday to add Wednesday and Thursday nights to nighttime entertainment being offered at her Redcoats British Pub in downtown Pleasanton.

She had asked for the required conditional use permit last September in hope of offering four nights of music and dancing at her popular St. Mary Street restaurant during the Thanksgiving to New Year's Day holiday period.

But a nearby resident's complaint and Councilman Jerry Thorne's concern over neighborhood noise delayed final action on the request until this week.

Redcoats already offers music and dancing starting at 9:45 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a conditional use permit required in Pleasanton for nighttime entertainment. Her request in September, which was unanimously approved by the city Planning Commission on Nov. 18, asked that the permit be modified to add music and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight on Wednesdays and Thursdays to meet her customers' request for more nights of downtown entertainment.

With its approval, the Planning Commission stipulated that Redcoats post signs directing cigarette smokers to an outside designated patio so that they would not congregate in the front of the pub on St. Mary Street.

Gene Finch, who with his wife Genie own and live in a second floor apartment just 30 feet away from Redcoats, told city planners that while they didn't oppose Kennard's request for more nighttime entertainment days and hours, they're concerned about litter, loitering, smoking and other activities by the pub's patrons near their front door. Finch suggested that the nighttime entertainment also be subject to noise monitoring.

Thorne agreed and appealed the Planning Commission's decision, moving Kennard's request to the City Council for another round of public hearings and discussion. Thorne asked that a noise monitoring system be installed as part of the council's approval, devices, he said, that could be purchased for less than $100.

Tuesday, he withdrew the demand after city staff and the Pleasanton Downtown Association said they would include noise level considerations later this year when they consider a broader plan that would set standards for all downtown establishments. The current 60 decibel level maximum that governs all Pleasanton outdoor activities also will be studied to see if it's too limiting.

Left in the new "good neighbor policy" that the council added to its approval Tuesday is a requirement that Redcoats' staff perform inspections with flashlights after closing the pub reach night on both sides of St. Mary Street to clean up litter, beverage containers and cigarette butts.

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Posted by Tylermade
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

What ever Redcoats wants to do is fine with me. Because I will not eat there again. The food is not great, and the service is so bad. You know when a place is in trouble financial when they are trying to do anything they can to get business. We call that the Blue Light Special instead of the Blue Plate Special. Cheers.

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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 4, 2010 at 9:59 am

I agree, this place isn't that great for food or drinks, but I want it to succeed because I want more places downtown to go to.

And it's tough to say that they're looking for more nights because they're hurting or if it's because they're doing well and want to add to it. Either way, granting them the extra nights is reasonable and any business owner would want the same courtesy if they opened up something downtown.

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Posted by iwastheretoo
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

So why did this take four months? Because the City Council likes to duplicate the work done by the Planning Commission. And the PDA wonders why things take so long!

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Posted by Its Good
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

The food is awesome! You just didnt order the right thing. The Redcoats is a great place to go and get a drink and just hang out. I'm glad the music got approved!

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Went there twice not good either time, food is at best average. At least it has a good name.

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Posted by jeff H.
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

IMHO - whether great or just good food, we still need places like this downtown to enjoy an evening out. We love our hometown but the downtown area can get dull/boring at times.

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Posted by June
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

We enjoyed the patio over the summer and the food was OK. I hope people give the restaurant feedback so they have an opportunity to improve their menu. We definitely want restaurants with entertainment to succeed in our downtown!!! Thank you City Council for approving the music so we can have a vibrant and thriving downtown.

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