The Pleasanton Planning Commission will consider a bid tonight by an individual affiliated with Valley Community Church to open a coffee and tea house in the former Round Table Pizza building on Main Street.
Inklings is the name of the business proposed by Mark Lortz that would operate as a meeting hall for community events as well as a coffeehouse.
The building at 530 Main St. was originally constructed as a branch of Bank of America, and then was taken over by the pizza parlor when the bank moved across Main Street. It's been vacant for at least two years.
The two-story building has about 7,000 square feet of floor space which will be configured to accommodate a coffee bar on the first floor with table seating and a portable stage, a small kitchen and two meeting rooms.
The second floor will include two more meeting rooms, with stairs both inside and outside the building. The structure has no elevator.
Lortz, who will operate the coffee shop for Valley Community Church, which is leasing the building, plans to host a variety of special events on the ground floor, primarily between 5 and 10 p.m. on Fridays and ?Saturdays, Smaller events would be held on other days, including small church gatherings primarily on Sundays.
When the meeting room is not in use, Lortz will make it available to the public as a study hall and community gathering place.
The building's parking lot has 71 spaces and since Round Table Pizza closed has become an unofficial public parking lot for downtown shoppers. However, only 46 spaces would be exclusively available to Inklings customers as the building owner agreed earlier to make 25 of the spaces available for use by nearby businesses.
The city's planning staff is recommending approval of the Inklings Coffee and Tea House.
The Planning Commission public hearing on the project will start at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.