By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 4:48 pm in Lafayette.
And now another reason for Lafayette to sing “neener-neener” to neighboring cities. It appears Oakland-based Fentons Creamery is looking to open another location — at the former Park Theatre.
Fentons, as you probably know, is famous for its cameo in the 2009 Pixar film “Up,” and hopefully will soon be making an appearance in my stomach.
In a letter to the city, Park Theatre property owner Greg Woehrle says the well-known creamery wants to open in the long-abandoned building, and that Lafayette even beat back Orinda, Walnut Creek, Alamo and Danville to earn the right to be the home of the eatery’s next location.
The only problem? Parking (of course). Woehrle says they cannot find enough parking spaces nearby to meet the city’s requirements, and along with other Plaza Way property owners will ask the City Council on Monday to ease the regulations.
The inability to work out a parking solution could cost Lafayette ice creamy deliciousness, Woehrle writes:
Fentons has given us a directive to either solve the parking issues timely or release them so that they may continue their search for a new location in other neighboring towns.
Translation: Ease your parking rules or kiss this sweet rocky road goodbye.
City staff appears amenable to working something out, suggesting the council “seize this opportunity to achieve the vision (for Plaza Way outlined in the General Plan) by appointing the planning subcommittee of the Council to work with the property owners to develop a parking solution for Plaza Way.”
You can see the full staff report, including the letter from Woehrle, here. The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lafayette library.
Fentons also has locations in Vacaville and at the Oakland airport. And just for kicks, here’s a Bay Area News Group video put together shortly after “Up” was released: