What do you think of the idea of a poker club, sports bar and 24-hour American-Italian-Mexican-Asian restaurant on Foothill Boulevard?
Our story today revealed that the owners of the Palace Card Club want to relocate to the site of the Kumbala nightclub and expand their operations there.
Charles Blanchard, one of the card club owners, wasn’t able to be reached for comment earlier this week, but called today and revealed a couple additional details and opinions. He said:
A. His poker club would be a much better-managed venue and cause a “whole lot less problems” than the nightclub there now. He called Kumbala a “real hazard” because of its problems with police and the alcohol board.
B. Contributing to downtown revitilization? “We’re looking to make a big impact on the Foothill strip redevelopment,” he said, mentioning his proposed poker club expansion in the context of the coming Cinema Place complex at Foothill and B. “People who get out of the movie late now have a place to go eat, snack or whatever after the show.”
C. There is demand for 24-hour restaurants, especially because a lot of people work at night now, he said. The closest 24-hour, sit-down venue is a Denny’s near the Union City border. The Palace restaurant and card club would be open 24 hours. “Believe me, people want to eat at 3 a.m.,” he said. The bar, like all bars, would have to close by 1:30 a.m.
D. Expanding from 8 to 16 tables? He said the main reason for expansion is because of heavy demand. The club on Mission is cramped, and parking there is a problem. He said the club would double its security, which he says would be beneficial to neighboring businesses, as well.
E. Interior design: The poker would happen at the spacious north room of the building, overlooking San Lorenzo Creek. There would be a curved wall separating the card club from the sports bar, and drinking wouldn’t be allowed in the card club.
F. The club would bring in more revenue to the city than Kumbala, he professed. Revenue sources: Annual fee per each employee that goes to police department; table fee; annual license fee; quarterly permit fee; plus city gets 1 percent of sales tax, mostly on beverages. So what’s the projected total? We’ll have to check.
So that’s what Blanchard thinks. What do you think?