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September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Filed under: Alameda, Business — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Nothing for today except enjoy your day off if you have it.

I tried to go to Capone’s the Sunday after the grand opening on Saturday night, because I sort of wanted to see if I’d get turned away for wearing jeans and the husband wearing shorts.  According to the Yelp reviews people were getting turned away left and right indiscriminately for “inappropriate” attire.   Since I wasn’t going to get belligerent if I did get turned around and I sure as hell won’t get dressed up to go to breakfast, I thought I’d try it out.  Unfortunately Capone’s was closed on Sunday morning even though it listed a 9:00 a.m. opening time.  Oh well.



  1. I have watched the progress at Capone’s for month–mostly from the bench outside Peet’s while sipping my coffee–but did not even get word about their actual grand opening. I wonder what their goal is with enforcing “appropriate attire,” and what that standard actually is…. (I try to dress reasonably and *rarely* go out in public without wearing the legal minimum–I don’t want to scare anyone… 😉

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 1, 2014 @ 9:57 am

  2. There were a lot of rumors flying on the Alameda Peeps facebook group about Capone’s. I’m not going to repeat any of them here ’cause I have no confirmation whether or not they’re true, but a lot of people really seem to have it in for this place already. Personally, I don’t know whether or not I’ll ever dine there — it doesn’t really sound like my kind of place — but they seemed to do a beautiful job on the renovation and I hope they make it.

    Comment by trow125 — September 1, 2014 @ 10:58 am

  3. It’s the Bay Area, people wear shorts to job interviews. The owners must hate money to have a policy like that.

    Comment by dave — September 1, 2014 @ 11:00 am

  4. Perhaps a better idea would have been an invitation-only Grand Opening, requesting formal or even 20’s era attire, then splash the photos on social media & open the next weekend to the public, however attired. Instead they made fools of themselves with their first publicity. The food had better be damned good to overcome that.

    Comment by dave — September 1, 2014 @ 11:06 am

  5. 4. great suggestions and comment about the food. One wonders who among the partners may have had any experience. Seems like they were so taken with their own concept of a theme that they couldn’t believe it wouldn’t be a universal success, yet it may be a universal failure.

    Comment by MI — September 1, 2014 @ 11:31 am

  6. Our son assisted on managing the construction of this venue in Manhattan for several months. Something he stumbled into out of doing set construction Off-off-off Broadway. He was a bit cynical about it being decadent and elitist, but it’s New York! and guess what? it’s apparently been a big success, but the folks doing it knew exactly what they were up to.

    a review:

    Comment by MI — September 1, 2014 @ 11:42 am

  7. My wife and I stopped by. We had walked to the Library and I remembered (from Mark) something about ‘dress code’ so I wore long pants and a nice shirt. Overall they did a great rehab. It is upscale and food is pricey and they didn’t quite have their bar menu all together yet. I have rarely ever been to a bar in Alameda in all the years I’ve lived here. However it is nice to have a place within walking distance where you can dress up, listen to some music and dance. It is a niche maybe not for everyone. I too wonder it the owners have the experience to make it long term. In any case they have certainly spent a lot of $$$$ re-habing an empty building and hopefully they will reap the benefit. If not someone else will.

    Comment by frank M — September 1, 2014 @ 11:46 am

  8. The thing is you can eat at most 4 or 5 star restaurants in SF and wear shorts or jeans, but they cater to tourist. Manhattan is different and you could demand more if it was located around Union Square or the Theatres. When I stayed at a 5 star hotel in San Diego they didn’t say anything about a dress code, but they wouldn’t since the rooms were like $500/night. You have to remember this is California. The other thing is a women can wear shorts, tank top type shirt and open toe shoes and for men there is a different dress code according to Yelp.

    When I first heard about this place I thought it was just the people who worked their that were suppose to dress a certain way…not the customers. I went on to their website and it didn’t say anything about a dress code. I would agree with #4. I hope they make it but they need to address the needs of their patrons. The first comment on Yelp is that they need to keep the riff raff out…I guess people who live in Alameda or walk up or down on Park St. are riff raff.

    Comment by Joseph — September 1, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

  9. My husband & I saved up to go to Coi (at the time, one of the most expensive restaurants in SF) for our anniversary a few years ago. We both dressed up for the occasion, but we were seated next to a couple guys wearing sweatshirts and jeans. No one in the Bay Area can afford to maintain a dress code because chances are the guy coming into your fancy establishment wearing board shorts and a t-shirt is making $500K a year at a tech job, and he may well drop a few hundred bucks on drinks and dinner. I suspect the “dress code” at Capone’s was only for the opening, and I agree with #4, they should have done things differently.

    Comment by trow125 — September 1, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

  10. Sorry they were closed because they were in jail ….. that’s too funny ! anyone has $12 500.00 to bail Him out , how did they get a liquor license

    Comment by joel — September 2, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

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