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Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Barclays employees were not family oriented. Back in 90's went w/my daughter
To have dinner and had to take my daughter to bathroom, when I returned
found my table given to another customer. We did not ask to pay and had our food on the plate but employee did not care because I was not drinking beer!
Even the two young couple sat in our table did not care. My daughter was 4 at that time. If they can not understand that customers pay for the meal and have the right to enjoy their time being then I am not surprised they don't understand how to negotiate or thinking a way in advance to cure the lease or find a new location.
There is always a good reason to fall. I knew way in the past that this place is not going to last and that does not make me happy, it is just the way it is. It takes a lot to run a successful business. Next is wood tavern restaurant !!
I have never been wrong in my prediction.
Bijan

Posted by Bijan Zahedi on 05/11/2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Veg Week to Preach Veganism in the Fruitvale

Makes me want to move to Oakland!

Posted by Naijha Wright on 05/11/2016 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

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Posted by Editor on 05/06/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

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Posted by Editor on 05/06/2016 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

If every negative can be blamed on Silicon Valley than maybe every good should be too

Healthy lives with new biotech drugs, cleaner sources of energy, better ways to communicate, cars that don't pollute the air, available information in real time, easy ways to buy things and have them delivered to your home, ways to watch the Warriors on the road....

Oh, those are due to Silicon Valley!

#improvingtheworld

Posted by Matthew Le Merle on 05/05/2016 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

The comment about Silicon Valley can be best summed up by the demise of the Twenty Tanks Brewery in San Francisco for which the landlord kicked them out at the peak of the dot com in hopes of higher lease income, and the subsequent crash left the building vacant for years and we lost a pioneering landmark. I don't know the situation here, it wouldn't be the first case of "we can kick them out and make money" that I've seen. In both scenarios it shows that return on investment weighs in over building a community asset. Having said that, real estate is an investment, and it's not a simple matter of calling foul. I don't like it any more than the rest of you, but it's an unfortunate reality.

Posted by Chris Miller on 05/04/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

How about that vacant lot at College and Claremont. With those trees and open space, they could fashion a real beer garden.

Posted by B Tom Smith on 05/04/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

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Posted by Editor on 05/04/2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Oops, almost forgot...Ye Hut is gone too, at least under current management.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 05/04/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

I'm having difficulty understanding the comment about Silicon Valley. Rockridge is rather distant from that and the Pub skews old, like the neighborhood it's in.

Sad but restaurants and bars have come and gone in Rockridge before. Indeed, residents have been rather hostile to them...ask Yoshi's.

Barclay's might do better in a new locale, if they truly do have loyal customers. I can't say that it's likely new folks starting a "new" bar there will be received eagerly. And Barclay's customers can find solace at Ye Hut or George and Walts if they don't follow Barclay's wherever it goes.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 05/04/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Booooooooooooooo

Posted by doc benway on 05/04/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “An Oakland Chef Wants to Decolonize Cinco de Mayo

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Posted by Editor on 05/04/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Yeah. They take it over after Barclays built up the clientele for 25 years. Guys like ctuan7e98 think it's OK, cuz it's not a tech bro who's taking it over. It's not.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 05/04/2016 at 9:37 AM

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Posted by Editor on 05/04/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

I think Barclays opened the day after the big Oakland Hills fire. It was a miracle that it survived under the circumstances as so many lost their homes. However, it served as a warm, friendly place for people to meet and celebrate life. Gene, you did a wonderful job. Hope you find a new place soon and your customers follow!

Posted by Christie Ann Seeley on 05/04/2016 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

I'm stunned.

Posted by Todd Mallory on 05/03/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

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Posted by Editor on 05/03/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Thanks a lot silicone valley, your destroying the Bay Area as we have known it all our lives, greedy landlords!

Posted by Merrill L Roland on 05/03/2016 at 5:07 PM

Re: “An Oakland Chef Wants to Decolonize Cinco de Mayo

Yeah, I think I'm gonna skip this for my annual colonization party -I already bought the sombrero.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 05/03/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “An Oakland Chef Wants to Decolonize Cinco de Mayo

Beautiful idea. Pio Pico is an inspriational and fascinating character who unfortunately, has been lost to history and is unknown to most Californians who have no idea that California had its first governor of African descent over a 100 years ago. Thank you!!

Posted by Chanty Nok on 05/03/2016 at 11:04 AM

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