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Diner serves Redwood City with suit

By ngonzales
Monday, March 12th, 2007 at 5:55 pm in Uncategorized.

Bob’s Courthouse Coffee Shop

Downtown restaurant owner Bob Bryant sounded pretty supportive of Redwood City’s efforts to re-energize downtown, especially for someone suing the town over the keystone of that ongoing revitalization campaign.

“The town will be booming one of these days _ maybe in a year,” Bryant said Wednesday inside his Bob’s Courthouse Coffee Shop (shown here) across from the new On Broadway cinema-retail complex featuring a 20-screen movie theater. “I’m all for it. I’m hoping a lot of people come to downtown.

“But I’m talking about the past. I had to take a lot out of my bank account to keep this (shop) open. It wasn’t cheap.”

In his suit filed earlier this month, Bryant complains that the delay-plagued construction of the complex discouraged patrons and hurt his business.

“I lost 75 percent of my business,” he said.

City officials said they had yet to see the suit and declined comment.

Bryant’s complaint in San Mateo County Superior Court seeks unspecified damages for the loss of profits and repairs to parts of the building damaged during construction.

According to the complaint, the project’s delays resulted from inadequate planning, sporadic performance and subpar work that needed to be redone.

The suit also argues that construction workers and others involved in the project snatched parking away from the restaurant’s employees and customers.

“They shut me out a long time,” Bryant added. “You couldn’t get in the front door. You had to go to the side door.”

Construction began in 2003. The complex was originally slated for completion in the fall of 2005, but a series of delays repeatedly dogged the work. City officials largely blamed that on inclement weather and rising material costs.

Work on elements of the complex was steadily finished throughout last year with the theater officially opening July 28.

Downtown’s redevelopment has also brought the new Courthouse Square public plaza and other improvement projects proposed or under way.

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