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Eddie Papa's owner's dream coming true: A restaurant on Main Street

Original post made on Aug 30, 2018

The prestigious and elegant Pleasanton Hotel is returning to the downtown dining scene. Ed Westmoreland, who owns Eddie Papa's restaurant on Hopyard Road, has pulled together 17 investors to bring back entertainment and fine dining at the hotel, which dates back to 1915.

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Comments (25)

Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2018 at 4:26 pm

I for one am very happy the Hotel is getting a facelift and new dining/drinking options. I wish the owners success! Thanks

Posted by Syndarellie
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 31, 2018 at 12:03 pm

This is exciting news. My husband and I went to the hotel every Friday for dinner and had our wedding reception there. Oh I can't wait. Delightful! Much success.

Posted by Bob12
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Hope they start off on the right foot when everyone comes down around their first few opening days by having a good happy hour for cocktails and drinks. The prior place had bitter/tart craft beers mainly, lots of wines and no happy hour for cocktails initially, which are making a comeback. We like the venue focusing on food and drink with an ability to put the "dumb phone" away and be able to converse with friends without 10 TV's blaring at you. - - This place was great years ago under prior management, hope they do it right again. Nothing wrong with starting happy hour now days at 3 PM, there are 10,000 people a day turning 65 in this country and some of them like to have a nice early social hour while whetting their appetites for dinner. THE BEST OF LUCK to the "new" Pleasanton Hotel. Will be looking for Lily.

Posted by Cheryl
a resident of Happy Valley
on Aug 31, 2018 at 2:46 pm

The patio has been one of our favorite places to eat.....looking forward to visiting it again. Congrats Eddie & staff!

Posted by Tom & Ken
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 31, 2018 at 2:55 pm

WHAT FANTASTIC NEWS ! It's like Christmas all over again!! Lily will certainly have a wide grin on her face that Life has been given again to that Grand Lady with a new heart beat and healthy pulse. Good Luck to Mr.Westmoreland and in making your dreams come true. We know you will be an asset to Downtown Pleasanton and its citizens.

Can't wait for the doors to open to receive customers.

Posted by Kristine
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 31, 2018 at 10:27 pm

I am so happy to hear this! I worked as a Hostess in the early 2000's for a number of years, when Bill Laube was running it...I LOVED that job...Though I a sure it will be geared toward the younger crowds, I miss all the old peeps that would come in and chatting with them!!!! I just loved it at the Holidays! :)

Posted by Mikel
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm

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I hope that this new venture succeeds. This will be the forth tenant in this property since I have been going there. There are so many restaurants on Main St. that have closed. A few are trying to reopen in the same spaces but it is taking them many months to get it done. Stacy’s, Fontina, Cafe Main and Dean’s locations are still closed. With the high rents and the long delays I don’t know how anyone makes a profit.

Posted by Jimmyg
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on Sep 1, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Eddie is a true gentleman. I had a problem with a delivery service order from Eddie papa's a while back. Probably not even a restaurant issue, but rather the delivery service. Called and got Eddie himself. He apologized and asked me to call his cell directly for my next order. i haven't taken him up on it, but was impressed with the old school, buck stops here response. I love the food at Eddie papas and will happily support this new place. Very excited to have this ootion and quality guy running it

Posted by Todd
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 4, 2018 at 7:33 am

Fine dining is the absolute last thing Pleasanton needs. They need more affordable, fresh and hip restaurants, like Livermore is full of, to get families and all ages out in the evenings. There is a stark difference of the amount of people out downtown on the weekends in Livermore compared to the ghost town that is Main Street Pleasanton the last few years...

Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm

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Did i miss something in the article? Will there be 2 Eddie Papa restaurants in Pleasanton now?

Posted by Hansen Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 5, 2018 at 10:21 am

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@ highdiver - no, you did not miss anything. Ed Westmoreland is restoring the Pleasanton Hotel and opening a new restaurant and lounge.

Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Must be a lot of those "ghosts" driving to downtown lately because it's certainly been getting harder to find parking around Main Street many nights, including weekends.

Posted by Julie
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 5, 2018 at 3:36 pm

My husband proposed to me at The Pleasanton Hotel 26 years ago so it holds a special place in our hearts. We’ve enjoyed many meals at Eddie Papa’s so having the two join together gives us new hope for a new favorite dining spot. Reserve our spot by the window facing the patio.

Posted by Mikel
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 5, 2018 at 10:36 pm

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With the high rents and unscrupulous landlords Pleasanton will never have family friendly restaurants. Only high end places can earn enough to survive. Get used to $15 for a glass of wine and even more for a small plate. $50 each for a snack, $100 for dinner. Downtown is only busy on holiday weekends. It is slowly dying due to greed. Banks, nail salons and over priced dinner. Main Street will soon be done for.

Posted by Jack
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 6, 2018 at 8:37 am

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Ha... "Only high end places can survive." When I moved to town, Main Street was home only to bars and gas stations and in the 1980's wasn't even considered "safe."

Posted by Paulette
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 6, 2018 at 10:40 am

We are so looking forward to the re-opening of the Hotel as a MUSIC venue. Some of our best evenings have been spent on the patio enjoying the great bands that have played a wide range of music right there under the trees. Eddie, please tell us you will continue to book good danceable bands like The Business Band and Imua that we have enjoyed at the Pleasanton Hotel in the past. Adults like to get away from the chaos of family restaurants now and then, so please keep some of the traditions we have come to appreciate. Best of luck in the new venture. We can't wait for the opening...hopefully with some terrific music!

Posted by Tom & Ken
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 6, 2018 at 11:09 am

Say There Mr.Ed,

In great hopes that you will have good Fried Chicken on that Menu you are preparing , as well as the Champagne Brunches that made the Hotel so famous
for so many people who always look forward to a delicious and enjoyable meal.

Looking forward to the Grand Opening.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

I wish you much success, and please keep the TV sets out of the dinning room. Thank you.

Posted by Susan
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 6, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Thank you for your plan to purchase local produce from Sunflower Hill. We wish you the very best!

Posted by Mikel
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

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Maybe they will fix the fence along Main St. that has been falling down for years.

Posted by Mikel
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 10, 2018 at 4:55 pm

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I saw a sign that the former Stacy’s is leased and the inside is being renovated. Does anyone know what is going in there?

Fontina is still vacant and Relish is all torn up and being rebuilt probably for months to come.

The chiropractor next to Gay 90’s is gone and yet another nail salon is in its place making for over 20 nail salons in downtown. Doesn’t tbe city use any descretion when issuing permits?

The former Fleetfeet/Pans on Fire is for lease. I wonder what will go there? Probably another nail salon.

Posted by Hansen Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 11, 2018 at 1:34 pm

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@ Mikel- It is easy to complain and point out what is wrong, it is harder, but more satisfying to become involved and look for solutions.

Posted by Mikel
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 11, 2018 at 7:11 pm

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Hanson it’s easy for you to act superior and make useless statements. As if I’m a downtown property owner or on the city council. What exactly should one do? What are you doing? I frequent businesses that I like but they are becoming fewer. I vote for candidates that might fix things but they don’t. Maybe if enough people know what’s going on and say something someone will notice. Maybe I’ll move and save my thousands in property tax and spend my thousands on entertainment somewhere that offers better value. Anyway I can say what I like and you really don’t need to comment if you don’t have any content to add.

Posted by Demograpics
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm

Well Mike. You and probably many of us (myself included) are simply in the wrong demographic group. I don't know what that group actually is but evidently the people who are investing in these various business are noi looking to appease us but simply make money based on what they think will sell. Oh well. This too shall pass.

Posted by Hansen Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 12, 2018 at 10:47 am

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@ Mikel- How many City Council meetings have you participated in? Have you voiced your thoughts in one of many meetings on downtown development? How about becoming a member of the Economic Vitality Committee or join the Planning Commission? These are all volunteer posts where you can have direct impact on the future of our City.

Yes, you are correct, if you really do not like the situation in Pleasanton, you can always move.

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