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Downtown's Farmer Restaurant to close June 5

Original post made on May 26, 2011

The Farmer Restaurant in the Pleasanton Hotel on north Main Street will close after its last diners are served on Sunday, June 5, it was announced this week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 26, 2011, 7:52 AM

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Posted by Kitty
a resident of Livermore
on May 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

I remember going to the Elegant Farmer restaurant in Oakland long before 1980, and it was an "upscale" place even then.


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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Parkside
on May 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

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Posted by Longtime resident
a resident of Country Fair
on May 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

This is good news! Maybe someone with vision and appropriate financial backing to make it happen can now take over this historic property and put in a quality restaurant (no more Italian, please!) that will succeed in our beautiful downtown. Something that caters to everyone, not a specific demographic at either end of the age spectrum. The Pleasanton Hotel should be the hottest ticket in town - instead it has been a floundering business for many years. Residents will support it if there is something worthwhile to patronize.


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Posted by jim
a resident of Hart Middle School
on May 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

Anouncing a restaurant closing before it happens is a bit strange. Do you think they will have any employees left or customers visiting between now and June 5th?


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Posted by Sad Susan
a resident of Happy Valley
on May 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

Farmers has been one of our favorite places, not only for a nice dinner or weekend brunch on a beautiful day....but we also celebrated several special family occasions....we all loved the food and felt the servers were friendly and very good at what they did. We will miss the Farmer very much...especially this summer. Wish they wouldn't leave.


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Posted by KC
a resident of Country Fair
on May 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

I agree with Longtime resident...NO MORE PASTA Restaurants! Or coffee shops for that matter! Pleasanton Hotel is a prime spot for something great and different. It would be nice to have a restaurant that caters to all palates. Having the separate bar is a plus as well. Used to really love going and listening to the bands they had. Give Pleasantonians something to look forward to..liven downtown up some and put in something everyone can enjoy!


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Posted by Local Girl
a resident of Laguna Vista
on May 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

A Fish Market would be great!!!!! I'd be in there once a week and we don't have a Fish Market close by. Food for all ages and excellent variety.


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Posted by Fish Market fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

Right on, Local Girl. A Fish Market would be PERFECT. Especially considering there are NO SEAFOOD RESTUARANTS in the Tri-Valley--zero, zip, zilch.

Entrepreneurs, are you listening? Seems like a no brainer.


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Posted by Sheryl
a resident of Charter Oaks
on May 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

I'm really sad this place is closing. The food was really good and I loved going there for a cocktail once in awhile. Pleasanton is really going downhill and I don't know why. We need to support our local businesses more. There is more to life than Cheesecake Factory and other chain restaurants.


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Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

Nosy Neighbors is a registered user.

I'm certainly gonna miss the fried chicken & dancing cougars down there.

That building & location is simply too important to go fallow for long so I too hope that a creative, well funded & enterprising developer puts some serious thought into it's next incarnation.

Oh yeah, since the live music in the the bar and the Blues on the Patio bring in the most money percentage wise so keeping them would be a nice carry-over.

That & the fried chicken.


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Posted by Gwyneth
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

With every failing there comes new opportunity. Hoping the new restaurant will serve real American food instead of the ethnics.


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Posted by curious
a resident of Downtown
on May 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Gwyneth -- just asking, would "real American food" be food prepared for and by Native Americans? Because everything else came from somewhere else and should fall into your "ethnic" category.
Maybe you should stick to the real American golden arches as "ethnic" foods seems to offend you.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

"Gwyneth" said: "With every failing there comes new opportunity. Hoping the new restaurant will serve real American food instead of the ethnics."

That reminds me of a girl in the midwest that my brother once dated. She said that she didn't like Chinese food because it tasted "too oriental". LOL! Glad when he dumped her.


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Posted by Just me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

She should have renewed the Laube's lease. The Farmer's food never did it for me. I miss the Sunday Brunches. Not that I'm a pasta fan (Oasis is more my style), but ever wonder why there are so many Italian restaurants?....maybe because people eat at them so they succeed?


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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Posted by Lowell
a resident of Civic Square
on May 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Let someone a successfull track record take it....Starbucks!


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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

It has been my understanding that Striz's catered to the fish crowd. Never got around to trying Farmers. I guess it was my loss. Someone will find the right restaurant for the space, I hope. Our son and daughter-in-law had a great outdoor wedding and reception there, many years ago.


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Posted by Jason
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I'm really hoping for a bank or nail salon if an Italian restaurant doesn't go in.


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Posted by Norm
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

How about a 24-hour KFC? It's good food and all the jobs will help put us back on the path to prosperity.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm

It's always sad to see a restaurant close. It makes you wonder if things would have turned out differently had you booked a reservation there instead of the other place you ended up at the last time you had dinner out.

I'll miss the bar and lament the outcome.


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Posted by Yup
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

We don't need a starbucks or nail salon or a bank. We have so many of those already!! Whatever it is just needs to have a big bar and good prices! I'll be there! Very good Happy Hour!
The Farmers food wasn't that good


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Posted by Liz 249
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

Farmer is a great place to hang out with friends. Staff is friendly and I like the food...My friend and I are regulars there and we will miss the staff!!!


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Posted by Gloria
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on May 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

I heard Target was interested in Farmers and some of the surrounding property. I love the big box store concept. More jobs people!


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

It is my understanding that an Ale House with restaurant, a chain, will be the new tenant. Right across the street from the Main Street Brewery, what a concept!!


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