When reached by email today, Paddy confirmed that he is indeed closing the shop at the corner of Smith and Watkins when its lease expires in the coming weeks. Paddy’s last day of operation is Dec. 14, and he plans a big going-away party there on Dec. 15.
But he’s not entirely going away, he said. He reiterated in email what he wrote in a recent blog:
“We see the Paddy’s brand continuing with product offerings including a diverse range of ethnic and contemporary baked products. We are partnering with a local baker to give you the best that there will be in terms of coffee, tea, sandwiches and baked pastries while staying true to our philosophy of community service. We are actively scouting out locations and will keep you informed of our new home.”
Wherever he ends up, Paddy’s the coffee house will be missed. It was my first Tri-City-area hangout as I began covering Union City with The Argus, after returning to the Alameda News Group (as it was then known) in September 2005, after taking a year off from journalism.
Good luck, Paddy.