New life for the Globe, new nightlife for Fremont?

New hope for the Globe? Fremont’s Epcot Center of Stevenson and I-880 could be getting a major new banquet hall. Actually Royal Palace would include two banquet halls and a restaurant/bar.

The palace would take up three store fronts in the same spot where The Globe wanted to open Sutra Ultra Lounge, a hot club that ran into a lot of city opposition and never opened.

The banquet hall idea heads to the Planning Commission this week.

Matt Artz


  1. Wow, another banquet Hall just what Fremont needs. How many do we have now 3, 4,
    Police Chief Steckler will not allow any nite clubs in Fremont He sponsored regulations that make it impossible for people to invest in Nite Clubs in Fremont.
    Who elected Chief Steckler to make these decisions????

  2. While I’m sure these people have done their due diligence in researching the viability of a business of this type, it is hard to see how the local population could support another large-gathering facility in the area. People must be having a lot of weddings, quinceaneras, reunions, etc. In any case, they’d probably be better tenants than the Ultra Lounge that seemed to have the potential to draw a questionable clientele. If Royal Palace can be good neighbors and can make it in this economy, good for them.

  3. That’s Steckler being Steckler… like killing Joe’s Corner reopening in Niles quite possibly in his own self interests. Just like Lifer and the fringe mob who killed the A’s coming to Fremont because they were saving Fremont from the big bad Lew Wolf. The A’s were only giving our community the opportunity of a lifetime. These businesses (large and small) had major upsides and little downsides. If you hadn’t noticed we’re in the worst economic fix since the great depression. Come on people it’s about time to wrestle the world from fools.

  4. Royal Palace will serve Chinese, Indian, and Japanese food. Their plan is ridiculous because you have to walk around the restaurant/bar just to get to the banquet hall.

  5. Wow, that’s the first time in a long life that I’ve ever been put on the same bag as Chief Steckler – what a trip. I’m sure he’d be as surprised as I am.

    Yes, we are in the worst economic fix since the great depression. How did we get here? Eight years of Bush administration free-market run wild, that’s how. By people being not just allowed but encouraged to do stupid things simply because it was financially beneficial for them, not to the for common good. Fremont is not the ugly girl looking for any chance to go to the prom; we owe it to ourselves not to jump at every hare-brained scheme that comes down the pike. If the stadium proposal had merit, it would still be on the table.

    We did wrestle the US government from fools, Squiddy – did you miss the last election? It’s the fools that cast 215 votes in the House on Saturday. Now we need to work around another set of goofys in the Senate to get what working people in this country deserve.

  6. Guys, haven’t you heard? The recession is over. Obama uses three metrics to gauge the recovery — GDP, housing prices and unemployment rates — GDP is up! Housing prices are up, up, up! And, unemployment is not that important anyway. That’s why Biden is on it.

    And, don’t pay any attention to stories like this:

    “There are families not eating at the end of the month,” said Stephen Quinn, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Wal-Mart Stores, and “literally lining up at midnight” at Wal-Mart stores waiting to buy food when paychecks or government checks land in their accounts.” (NY Times 11/8)

    These people are weak and unsophisticated, and probably racists anyway.

    Dow 10,200!

  7. As a general comment, not directed to any individual poster, Mr. Quinn would be well advised to avoid the issue of poverty in America. WalMart is part of the reason why some families are not eating at the end of the month.

    A substantial number of WalMart Associates earn below the federal poverty line. In 2008, the average full time Associate (34 hrs/week) earns $10.84 hourly for an annual income of $19,165. That’s $2000 below the Federal Poverty Line for a family of four. [http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/08poverty.shtml]

    WalMart Associates don’t earn enough to support a family. The national median family budget for a family of four (two parents and two children) in 2005 was $39,984, more than twice the average full-time Associate’s annual income of $19,165. [Sylvia A. Allegretto, Basic family budgets: Working families’ incomes often fail to meet living expenses around the U.S 2005]

    WalMart’s wages are lower than other retail wages. As of 2008, a full time WalMart Associates earns 16% less than the average retail wage. [http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t16.htm]

    WalMart can afford wage increases. WalMart could give each of its workers a $1 per hour raise without affecting their annual $12 billion profit margin, by raising prices only one half of one penny per dollar. For instance, a $2.00 pair of socks would then cost $2.01. That half of a cent would add up to a $1,800 raise for each employee. [Analysis of WalMart Annual Report 2005]

    A 2007 study found that WalMart could increase its starting wage to $10 per hour, and even if were to pass 100% of the cost on to customers, it would only need to increase prices by 0.9%. This works out to $0.36 per shopping trip, or $9.70 per year, for the average WalMart customer. [Arindrajit Dube, Dave Graham-Squire, Ken Jacobs, and Stephanie Luce, Living Wage Policies and WalMart: How a Higher Wage Standard Would Impact Wal-Mart Workers and Shoppers 2007]

    Your tax dollars pay for WalMart’s greed. In 21 of 23 states where data is available, WalMart forces more employees to rely on taxpayer-funded health care than any other employer. [“Disclosures of Employers Whose Workers and Their Dependents are Using State Health Insurance Programs,” Good Jobs First 2007]

    WalMart drives down wages and increases poverty in communities. A 2007 study found that the opening of a single WalMart store lowers average retail wages in that county nearly 1%. In the general merchandise sector, wages fell by 1% for each new WalMart. For grocery store employees, the effect of a single new WalMart was a 1.5% reduction in earnings. [Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester, and Barry Eidlin, “A Downward Push: The Impact of Wal-Mart Stores on Retail Wages and Benefits,” 2007]

    Money spent at WalMart does not stay in the community. In Virginia, for example, 60 cents of every dollar spent downtown, stays downtown – compared to just six cents for every dollar spent at a big-box stores like WalMart. [Rocky Mountain Institute]

    Please take this into consideration as you do your holiday shopping at one of the two WalMarts here in town or online.

  8. Fremont does have a comedy club, lest we forget. Roxas Boulevard Comedy bar…

    …And by “forget” I mean not know it in the first place since it is tucked away behind a shopping strip in the vacuum of Ardenwood. 🙂

  9. Matt, where is my post from yesterday afternoon regarding WalMart? It was “awaiting moderation”, and now it’s gone. If my comments are being withheld, I would like to know the basis for that action.

  10. I voted for Obama and as of now would vote for him again. If it were an option I would never vote for Steckler for he is anti business as demonstrated with what he did to the “Joe’s Corner” plan in Niles. WalMart is a greed sucking leech and the only reason I would ever shop there is if I were one step away from dumpster diving to eat.

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