I was unable to connect yesterday with Table 24 co-owner Michael Karp for my article about valet parking in downtown Orinda, but I spoke with him for a few minutes this morning about the restaurant’s plans.
Table 24 is talking with parking companies, including Douglas Parking, which manages the Theatre Square parking garage, Karp said, and hopes to begin offering valet service in a couple of weeks.
The restaurant would validate its customers’ parking tickets to give them a discount on valet service, Karp said, and is open to partnering with other downtown businesses to share the cost. The city’s policy requires valet service be available to anybody, regardless of where they plan to shop or dine.
“We’re excited to sponsor (the valet) and to manage it and to have it as an added amenity to downtown Orinda,” Karp said. “We think that we’re part of hopefully a growth or the next steps in what it’s going to take to develop that downtown retail comm, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
And for the record, the valet parking policy is to allow for the use of city streets for the valet service. As several pointed out at last week’s council meeting, Casa Orinda offers valet parking to its customers, but does so on-site and thus does not require a permit to do so.