Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Downtown Bars, Clubs Face Later Closings

IN THE NEWS: Bars and clubs in downtown San Jose could stay open later under a pilot program aimed at reducing rowdiness downtown at closing time, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports. The Planning Commission was to hold a hearing on the plan June 11 at City Hall, and the City Council was scheduled to take it up at a June 19 meeting in council chambers. The temporary plan would go into effect this summer. The proposal is to allow bars in part of downtown to stay open until 3 a.m. so that customers will leave in a more orderly fashion. The city already requires bars to stop serving at 1:30 a.m. That would be unchanged. ... A Florida-based restaurant chain is putting out feelers that it wants to greatly expand its reach, the Denver Business Journal reports. Earl of Sandwich, founded in 2004 and based in Orlando, says it's looking for franchisees around the United States, including Denver. Other cities on the company's radar screen include Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco (including Oakland and San Jose), Dallas/Ft. Worth, Seattle, Columbus, Nashville, San Diego, Cleveland, St. Louis and Sacramento. The company's president, Michael Grodi, said the goal is to add more than 100 locations a year. A former executive at Denver-based Quiznos, Grodi was named president and CEO of the sandwich chain in January. Quiznos sued Grodi and Earl of Sandwich in federal court in Denver in April, alleging Grodi would hurt Quiznos by disclosing their trade secrets about selling sandwiches to his new employer. Grodi left Quiznos in May 2006. He has denied Quiznos' allegations. ... Metro Active's Cheryl Sternman Rule reviews Green Elephant Gourmet (3950 Middlefield Road, Charleston Shopping Center, Palo Alto. metroactive.com ... FoodNotebook.com reviews Michael Mina's Arcadia in San Jose. ... The Mercury News' Aleta Watson reviews Sam's Chowder House (4210 N. Cabrillo Highway, Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay). mercurynews.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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