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Antioch Council approves reopening of Kelly’s restaurant and card room

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
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Antioch residents show their support for reopening Kelly’s restaurant and card room at the Council meeting on Tuesday night, November 12, 2013.

By Allen Payton

Perhaps it was the lucky numbers of the day’s date, 11-12-13, that played in his favor. But, after working with the city and being “bullied through this process by out of town interests” Antioch businessman Tony Keslinke received unanimous City Council approval to reopen Kelly’s restaurant and card room, Tuesday night.

After a year-long process, we have a staff recommendation for approval,” Keslinke said in his presentation to the council. “Following Planning Commission approval and a 5-0 vote of the California Gambling Control Commission, I am asking for a decision that is conditioned upon state license approval.”

Following public comments of a veritable Who’s Who of Antioch supporting the effort, including two Antioch School Board members, one of whom represented the Rivertown Preservation Society, a former Antioch councilwoman, business leaders, the former Chair of the Antioch Police Crime Prevention Commission, an Economic Development Commissioner, as well as a variety of friends and business owner tenants of Keslinke’s ABC Building on A Street and refurbished Friendship Manor on Cavalo Road, that’s exactly what the council gave him.

City Hall needs to get rid of the red tape and start rolling out the red carpet for business,” stated Brian Bellante, owner of an auto repair business and Chairman of the Board of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

That was followed by a rousing speech by Chamber CEO and local chiropractor Dr. Sean Wright, a former tenant of the ABC Building, which elicited the largest round of applause.

He’s [Keslinke's] done more for economic development in the last 10 years in Antioch than anyone else,” Wright said. “It’s a decision over future economic development for the next five years and the investors he’ll bring to our city.”

The “landmark Kelly’s restaurant” as Keslinke referred to it, which included a six-table card room, located on O Street, near the corner of 4th Street, has been closed for a few years. The building has fallen into disrepair and has attracted homeless people and squatters to the property.

 

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Kelly’s restaurant and card room, as it looked in the years it was open. (courtesy of 500Nations.com)

One neighbor, Ruth Riley-Evans, who owns Scotto’s Auto Body across the street, said she supported “the 24/7 operation with professional security,” which will benefit the neighborhood.

The council’s unanimous decision to approve the issue included a list of conditions, including recommendations from Chief of Police Allan Cantando, a few of which were met with opposition by both Keslinke and one speaker.

Metal detectors and full-body scanners is taking things too far,” stated Antioch resident Phil Robinson, who said he wants a place to play cards in town.

But, no one spoke against the matter and many in attendance held signs stating “I Love (heart sign) Kelly’s” and “I Love (heart sign) Jobs.” It is projected that 48 new jobs will be created at the restaurant, bar and card room.

Following the public comments, Mayor Harper said he had worked for 17 years in Emeryville, which had a card room, and wanted to “move forward on the matter tonight.” The council then approved the motion by Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha, seconded by Councilman Tony Tiscareno to give a conditional license pending approval by the state within 36 months, but not until after they received input from City Attorney Lynn Tracy Nerland and Councilman Gary Agopian about their concerns with voting on the motion without the additional conditions recommended by city staff, and amended the motion.

The Council then took a break allowing the staff and Keslinke to meet in a conference room at City Hall to hammer out the details of the conditions.

That list of conditions was later brought back to the council for their final decision on the matter, which also passed with a unanimous 5-0 vote.

Earlier this year, on the day of the Planning Commission vote, a full-color, glossy campaign-style mailer appeared in Antioch residents’ mailboxes opposing the reopening of Kelly’s. It was put out by a group that labeled itself ProtectAntioch.org. However, it was later discovered that those behind the fake organization was the California Card Club Association, and funded by the Oaks Card Room in Emeryville, California Grand Casino in Pacheco and the San Pablo Lytton Indian Casino, among others, trying to prevent additional competition. During his presentation, Keslinke referred to their representatives, saying “some of them are in this room, tonight.”

Nerland also mentioned a possible lawsuit and a possible referendum of the council vote, which could be led by the opponents.

Antioch allows for six licenses for six-table card rooms. Currently, only one, The 19th Hole, is in operation.

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Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill’s second location now open in Antioch – Grand Opening, Tuesday

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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By Allen Payton

The long wait for the opening of Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill’s second location is over. Opening in late September, at the corner of Lone Tree Way and Golf Course Road in Antioch, Tailgaters features an exciting place to watch your favorite sports teams.

They offer something for pretty much everyone with over 40 flat screen TV’s and 49 beers, wines and mixed drinks (including three Margaritas) and even root beer on tap, plus great food including Saturday and Sunday breakfast and brunch buffets, and two full-size pool tables and a hand shuffle board game, as well as power strips to keep your cell phone or laptop plugged in, and finally, two outdoor dining patios, also with TV’s.

After opening their Brentwood location in 2005 and enjoying success, there, they’ve been working all year to open their new, Antioch location.

They’ve built a $200,000 custom-designed tap room, kept at 29 degrees, so the drinks are served nice and cold.

The self-contained, walk-in, refrigerated tap room runs on a mix of nitrogen and oxygen,” said Norman Poot, the brains behind its construction. “There’s not one piece of refrigeration equipment under the bar.”

It has glass and mug dispensers and operates “like a well-oiled machine,” Poot added.

The bar features 49 taps in just eight feet of space and another set of 38 duplicated taps for the servers who take care of those eating in the restaurant. The tap handles are all three inches long, which offers a better pour, due to more control.

Their menu includes bone-in, boneless and grilled chicken wings with 16 different flavors. They can handle orders of 10 to 1,000 wings. Be sure to get there for Wing Wednesday when they offer an All You Can Eat special.

Plus, they offer a variety of burgers, sandwiches, sliders, soups, salads, wraps, appetizers, fries, onion rings and soft drinks, as well as a kids menu.

As for sports, you can watch all the college football games on Saturdays and NFL games every Sunday, Monday and Thursday with their DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket, as well as NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball games.

Every where you look, you can see a TV,” they said.

Plus, any time a Bay Area team scores, they offer a $2 Fan Favorite on drinks.

Their Grand Opening will be tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12 at 11 a.m.. The first 100 guests get free food for a year.

So stop in, today and see what you’ve been waiting for. Tailgaters is located at 4605 Golf Course Road, at the corner of Lone Tree Way in Antioch. Call them for a take-out order at 754-2277 or visit them online at www.TailgatersSportsBars.com. They even offer a Tailgaters app for your Android or Apple iPhone.

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Antioch girl is youngest smog check technician in the nation

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Mina Guevara Antioch girl is youngest smog check technician in the nationBy Allen Payton

Antioch resident Mina Guevara has grown up around cars all her life. Her father, George, owns a car dealership and smog station in Antioch.

On October 3, 2013, at age 16, just 10 days before she turned 17, she became the youngest Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Smog Test and Repair Technician in America.

Mina’s been working as a service writer since her dad’s shop, VIP Smog opened in 2011. The shop is located at the corner of West 10th Street and Auto Center Drive in Antioch.

She also passed her state test of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s STAR Program, which allows her to provide vehicle smog inspections.

Mina is a hard worker. She amazingly graduated from high school a year early, at age 16, by doing 100 hours of home work each week, even while working over 60 hours per week at VIP Smog.

I was ready to start work and pursue my goals and interests,” Mina said as for the reason for getting done so quickly.

She’s now also working at the new family business, Little Mexico Restaurant, that just opened on W. 10th Street next door to the smog station, as part of her pursuits into the restaurant business.

Mina recently applied to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in San Francisco. Her desire is to open a steak house, some day.

But, for now you can get your car smogged by the youngest technician in America while you enjoy some of her authentic Mexican food.

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Learn to write a Business Plan at the Antioch Chamber

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Business Plan Writing Course Learn to write a Business Plan at the Antioch Chamber

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Delta RC adds indoor track at new location in Antioch

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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RC enthusiasts race at Delta RC’s new indoor track in Antioch.

By Allen Payton

Delta RC Hobbies has opened a new, indoor, asphalt track at it’s store in Antioch. That allows races to gain greater speeds than on their dirt tracks.

Located at 1400 West 10th Street, across from the County Fairgrounds, Delta RC is a full service radio control hobby retail store.

“We currently have four courses or tracks and hold racing events on a weekly basis,” owner Kraig Terazono said. “We strive to create a family fun atmosphere and cater to all levels of the RC hobby from the backyard basher to an expert level competitor.”

The other courses are located in the back of the fairgrounds, accessible off L Street at 18th Street, and behind the little league baseball fields off W. 10th Street in Antioch – across from the store.

Delta RC Hobbies also carries a full line of RC helicopters, boats, airplanes and accessories.

A calendar of events and weekly racing schedule can be viewed on their website at www.deltarc.com.

The retail store is open seven days a week with hours Monday through Friday 11am to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call them with any questions you might have at 925-778-2966.

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There’s lots of room to race at Delta RC’s new indoor track.

 

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There’s a large work area at Delta RC’s new indoor track.

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Third generation tailor opens A-Z Tailor & Tuxedo in Antioch

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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A-Z Tailor & Tuxedo owner, Hanif Mones works in his store.

By Allen Payton

Hanif Mones has worked as a tailor for 25 years. After working for his father’s tailoring business in Afghanistan – just like his grandfather – he came to the U.S. in 1992. He first worked for a uniform company in San Jose, then for George Zimmerman’s Men’s Wearhouse in one of their stores.

Then in 2006, he opened his own tailoring business in Roseville, for men, women and children. But, then moved to East County in 2011.

Tired of the commute, in March of this year, he opened his own business, A-Z Tailor & Tuxedo at the Crossings Shopping Center, next to Safeway, in Antioch. and I”d like to mention that he does the best service for his  costumers and he got a lot of repeated costumers from March of this year he does great alterations for and he is great at it  

We do work for any kind of clothing – men’s suits, women’s dresses and children’s clothes, as well,” Hanif said.

They also offer Italian tuxedos for sale or rental, plus accessories, as well as formal dresses for proms, balls or that special night on the town. He plans to expand his line of formal dresses, this fall.

We offer the best services on alterations, in a timely manner, and for an affordable price,” he added.

Mones offers a friendly atmosphere where they treat you like family. So stop by today with all your tailoring, tuxedo or formal dress needs, today and be sure to see the offers in their ad in this issue. Their phone number is (925) 238-0350.

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East Bay Leadership Council’s Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Philanthropy Awards program seeks online nominations by August 15

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Help the East Bay Leadership Council promote and honor good works in Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley by submitting your nominations to the Third Annual Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Philanthropy Awards program by Thursday, August 15. The annual program recognizes outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support by businesses, individuals, families and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Nominations are sought in communities throughout Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley, including Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.

The annual awards breakfast honoring nominees and award recipients will be held Thursday, November 7, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Hilton Concord. The event is a project of the Council’s Social Responsibility Task Force.

Each nomination must come from a nonprofit or have a letter of support from a nonprofit. Organizations may make multiple nominations. Award categories include Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (small, medium and large companies), Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker, Outstanding Collaborative Project, Volunteer of the Year, Next Generation Philanthropist (new) and Lifetime Achievement. A prestigious panel representing all sectors of the community and government is formed each year to make the award selections.

The awards program is dedicated to the generosity of the many great people and organizations that offer a richness in our region,” says Mark Hughes, who chairs the awards committee and will emcee the breakfast celebration in November. “Through it, we are working to build awareness and inspire many more organizations to get more involved in this work, which can transform companies and make a true difference in our communities.”

To access the Philanthropy Awards nomination form and eligibility details, see the nomination form on the Council website. For other questions, contact Terry Shoaff at 925.246.1880.

Presenting the keynote at the November 7 breakfast celebration is Sid Espinosa, Microsoft’s champion for philanthropy and citizenship in Silicon Valley. He is the former director of global philanthropy for HP, a Palo Alto City Council member and former mayor of Palo Alto. Espinosa has served on numerous boards of directors for business, nonprofit and educational organizations around the world, including the board of trustees at his undergraduate alma mater, Wesleyan University. He worked at the Democratic National Committee during the 1994 congressional campaigns, joined the Clinton Administration to work at the White House and as an advisor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Philanthropy Award recipients in 2012 were:

  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (over 500 employees): Wells Fargo

  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (100 to 500 employees): Neiman Marcus, Walnut Creek

  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (1 to 99 employees): InVision Communications

  • Outstanding Philanthropist: Mary Garaventa

  • Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker: East Bay Community Foundation

  • Outstanding Collaborative Project: SparkPoint Contra Costa

  • Volunteer of the Year: Kay Aaker

  • Lifetime Achievement: Judy Lazarus

Title sponsor of the event is Wells Fargo, and presenting sponsor is Chevron. Other sponsorships are available.

About the East Bay Leadership Council (formerly the Contra Costa Council): The Council, also referred to as the EBLC, is a private sector, public policy organization with a membership that includes business, nonprofit organizations, government, education and labor. The mission of the Council is to provide advocacy on public policy issues affecting the economic vitality and quality of life in the Greater East Bay region. For more information, see www.eastbayleadershipcouncil.com and follow us on twitter (@EBLConline) and Facebook.

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Seacret offers natural skin care from the Dead Sea and income opportunity

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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