Blogging Bayport Alameda

September 3, 2014

Succès de scandale

Filed under: Alameda, Business — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Because it deserves a post all to itself and probably the most exciting grand opening of any establishment in Alameda since Target had the Tucker’s Ice Cream cart on their opening day.  I give you, police blotter from the Capone’s Speakeasy Grand Opening night:




You can also take a look at all you missed before the police action through the photos on Facebook.   Unsurprisingly the photographers did not capture one of the owners getting arrested that night.   Although given the theme of the restaurant, maybe instead  of caricatures like they have at Sardi’s, Capone’s could start a new trend of placing mugshots on the walls.  Just a thought.

Looking through the photos of some of the servers, it’s a little clearer why some people thought that the female servers looked “unkempt.”  It’s the hair.  When you think of the 20s and flapper look you think of short bobs and finger waves, not long straight hair.  Anyway.

I still think despite all the, um, hiccups, they can still make it work.  But they’ll need to do some serious outreach and maybe a reboot of the concept. Maybe it will be one of those times where the saying about bad publicity being better than no publicity rings true, but for some reason there is something about this particular spot, owner, concept, or combination of all three that had an inordinate number of people rooting for its demise.



  1. This caught my eye:

    “ARR (arrestee) was also in violation of his probation.”

    What was he on probation for? I am not inclined to want to patronize establishments whose owners are repeat offenders–unless they were arrested for protesting at a demonstration or something like that….

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 3, 2014 @ 8:41 am

  2. Wonder if this is the second or third strike?

    Comment by Not A Alamedan — September 3, 2014 @ 8:46 am

  3. I am not inclined to want to patronize establishments whose owners are repeat offenders


    Please square this sentence with your support for Stewart Chen.

    Comment by dave — September 3, 2014 @ 9:00 am

  4. This (now-deleted) comment from Alameda Peeps made me laugh: “Oh come on, lots of actors have to stay in character around the clock in order to do their job effectively. I for one applaud the proprietor for his effort to maintain the proper ambiance and character for his mob-themed venue.”
    My husband responded: “I don’t want to be there on Valentine’s Day.”

    Comment by trow125 — September 3, 2014 @ 9:08 am

  5. Mr. Spangler: Your query was asked & answered yesterday. Read previous post.

    Comment by vigi — September 3, 2014 @ 10:09 am

  6. Uhh…per yesterday’s post by Julie, the probation is allegedly for felony domestic abuse. That usually translates into spousal battery aka wife beating? Doesn’t that bother anybody else? Could someone please find out if this is true? Considering how much condemnation was doled out to another Alameda resident who was arrested but apparently not convicted of the same charge, I would think this would matter to you, (Lauren). I know it is a nuisance opening an account on DomainWeb & costs a dollar just to search for one name, but it appears you get the money back if the search yields no results.

    Julie says he owns & manages Innovation Construction. There are even more negative reviews of that company on Yelp. Is that the same as Construction Innovation which is in his linked in profile? Call me crazy, but I think the track record of a new business owner should matter.

    Comment by vigi — September 3, 2014 @ 10:45 am

  7. I used to think LinkedIn was useless, but it’s actually pretty useful. That “Leila H”., who has been posting beaucoup positive reviews for Capone’s is one hot chica: Check out her Linked In photo. According to her own LI page, among her many skills are. Massage Therapist & Meteorologist. Owns “Most Influential magazine, LLC”

    Leila Hauck Productions, Inc.:-
    Social Media Management.
    Graphic Designs.
    Reality TV Production.
    Still Photography.

    And she proudly lists Capone’s speakeasy as one of her (two) clients. Mark Strachan’s LinkedIn page links to hers.

    Comment by vigi — September 3, 2014 @ 11:02 am

  8. Err…vigi…didn’t you defend our fearless local media mogul when his anger got the better of him, allegedly? Hypocrisy there too? You don’t seem to have much to do all day. Maybe you can investigate both people.

    Comment by BC — September 3, 2014 @ 11:45 am

  9. Eh, I’ve already dedicated two posts about Capone’s owner being a bit of a wanker. As to his probation past, I don’t really care enough to pay any money to find out why he was on probation, the fact that he was on probation is enough for me to give the whole thing the side eye. But if there are people on the internet more invested in taking him down and want to start posting up his mug shot and arrest paperwork and find out about why he’s on probation, I’ll be interested and totally link to it.

    If people don’t want to go to his place because he (allegedly) is a spouse beater and (allegedly) resisted arrest and battered a police officer, that’s definitely a valid reason not to patronize a business. People stop going to businesses for much less serious infractions.

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 3, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

  10. Vigi good work ,
    I like to comment on innovation construction keep going …… you are on the right track
    I definitely would love to have Leila H as my massage therapist during poor weather …….

    Comment by joel rambaud — September 3, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

  11. I was going to make a joke about Leila H. being a gun moll, but it seems she has already posted a series of YouTube videos of herself with hi-powered handguns & ammo:

    This is perfect: a violent felon on probation opens a bar called Capone’s, with his trigger-happy British girlfriend doing the promotional photos & reviews. Only in Alameda.

    Note to BC: there’s a significant difference between an arrest and a conviction. I’m not the hypocrite. Maybe you should use the dictionary once in a while.

    Comment by vigi — September 3, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

  12. I’ll tell you this. Only white guys get away with being a convict with a liquor license putting their hands on policemen! Not my style.

    Comment by Dt — September 3, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

  13. Actually I looked up for the requirements for a liquor license, and if you are on probation it can’t be in your name. It can be under one of his partners name. I am not compelled to do anymore research on it.

    Comment by Joseph — September 3, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

  14. Interesting using my diploma in massage therapy as a hilarious subject on this post. Obviously you have little clue about studying for a year, full time (5 days a week) and while memorizing 206 bones, every human muscle, action, origin and insertion, while learning how to heal people in therapy, which by the way, 13k later, I realized people like yourself happen to have a dirty and perverted mind. Oh by the way, my massage therapy instructor from college currently works for Google as a massage therapist, while other is the Raiders massage therapist. So please keep your stupid comments coming. They just make you look perverted and uneducated.

    Comment by Leila Hauck — September 3, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

  15. About my hand gun, obviously you must know the California Law! You must have clear record to own guns! Second, I am NOT his girl friend. If I continue to see my name and company slandered without proper knowledge, while ruining my reputation and slandering my and company name, I will see you in court.

    Comment by Leila Hauck — September 3, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

  16. Leila, you have a rather high bar to cross, getting to court being that you are a public person. However what you have said about your massage therapist training is true. Its long and expensive to get that license.

    Comment by John P. — September 3, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

  17. Leila, don’t get your undies in a bunch…it’s a blog…what do you expect. The only thing he got wrong was saying you were his girlfriend. I went back and read what was written and I don’t see where your name or company was slandered. No one called you a criminal…and didn’t say anything dirty and perverted about being a massage therapist I personally love getting a professional massage by a massage therapist. I don’t know if Vigi meant something else. I also like getting facials which a lot of guys don’t do. My dentist plays relaxing music through headphone, shows slide shows of relaxing scenery, and practices aroma therapy during a visit. With all that said I respect massage therapists.

    Comment by Joseph — September 3, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

  18. If you do decide to sue, the Editor and Publisher of Action Alameda News may be able to recommend a lawyer. He’s quite experienced in such matters. Mind you, he always lost.

    Comment by BC — September 3, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

  19. Capone’s is the best thing that happened to this damn town because finally there’s something to talk about! (Other than school board petty bickering). Thank God. However, I have decided to refer to Capone’s only by it’s tagline henceforth: “The Ultimate Lounge Experience.” Yes. That really nails what Alamedans want at the corner of Park and Central. “The Ultimate Lounge Experience.” Run by a convict who can’t even stay sober on his opening night after dropping $2 million on it. I give this place one year, tops. Then can we PLEASE get a Pluto’s in there!!??

    Comment by Big Johnson — September 3, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

  20. I have to admit, Big Johnson may be right. Personally, I haven’t been able to stop laughing today. Maybe this is all a publicity stunt – who knows. But I agree, nice to talk about something other than school board bickering. But if Capone’s doesn’t make it – I’d like to see a Gordon Biersch or a Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 3, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

  21. I agree I am tired of school issues.

    Gordon Biersch would probably do great, but I never been to the Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant. I got sick of Gordon Biersch when I worked for B&B upstairs in Hills Plaza and after we worked 10 or more hours or on the weekends, which was 50% of the time, they would order food for us from Gordon Biersch or Palomino’s . After awhile it got old, but for the rest for the Alameda, they would enjoy it.

    Comment by Joseph — September 3, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

  22. wasn’t this fun? And a good time was had by all! Thanks for playing, Leila!

    Comment by vigi — September 3, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

  23. 16. maybe we should consult GGH from the other thread about what constitutes a “public person” since he or she is a has a law degree, or claims to. Our local media baron was deemed a public person by the court because he purposefully put himself in the public spot light by posing as a journalist and deliberately created a high profile for himself. These days with Face Book and other social media a clear definition of a “public person” may be a muddy proposition. The easy definitions are politicians or others who are regularly in the media, businessmen , sports team owners etc..

    Comment by MI — September 3, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

  24. 16. when I got legally entangled with Mr. Action Alameda it was not libel like yours John, but a bogus request for a restraining order. It wasn’t a judge but some sort of referee, but his words for A.A. were that “the world of politics is rough and tumble sometimes”, and he hadn’t heard my explanation for confronting Mr. A.A. in public, which was in fact about A.A. having posted a video on his site which intentionally made vague but slimy innuendo about supporters of the parcel tax. The ruling was basically “tough noogies”, you poke somebody with a stick over a public debate and they poke back, you are on your own, don’t come whining to the legal system. Vigi, the restraining order which was granted against the same individual after he was detained by APD for domestic violence did not result in further legal proceedings because the alleged victim fled the state and dropped the charges just to get out of Dodge.

    Comment by MI — September 3, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

  25. The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant is an awesome brewery and restaurant located across from Ocean Beach in San Francisco. They also have two sister restaurants:
    The Park Chalet, also in San Francisco, and the Lake Chalet, on Lake Merritt in Oakland.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 3, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

  26. – if this continue I will laugh to death ….
    Here we have a shit metal worker , who come across money , open a bar and food joint , has the bright idea to name it after one of the most notorious criminal” the one that refined the IRS” .
    Opening night decide to cross the street and grab the Police officers , Gee we have nice Cops in Alameda , anywhere in the USA , He would be laying on the stainless steel table of the Coroner ,
    Never mind the Police already gave them a break by not enforcing the City laws on noise after hour

    Then out of the blue , come a pretty blonde, posing all over the net in skimpy clothes , showing her Macha at the shooting gallery “I use 50mm it kick like a S.O.G.” then threaten to sue anyone talking about Her , She is in production , reality TV karda Chian anyone , graphic design , Massage , photography” nice one I may add” , could not find any proof of the massage no name filed in the State of California as required by law , not even expired ,
    Hey guys I have a Diploma in Ants brain surgery…

    Threatening to sue everyone , in my view cut your losses fast , get your money while they can pay you , it wont last very long , they need 3 years of capital to keep the business afloat. My trade for well over 30 years ,
    Not a hobby after doing shit metal work or mixing concrete like that one.
    Expensive realty , expensive payroll ….
    As far as litigation you stand no ground , it’s a blog and it’s freedom of speech , notice no name ……
    take it from a little no one who not only sued but successfully forced in bankruptcy one of this Country biggest and most respected retailer not once but twice ,
    nailed out the entire board of one of North America most powerful investment fund , forcing the sec to get involved and firing every member of the board
    not to mention screwing for 3 years one of the highest and most respected life insurance in the USA I did not make a cent out of that one the Attorneys did fleece them clean , I send them a congratulation post card from Brussel Belgium with the mankin piss afterward.

    Sorry for the poor Zinglish , this is the USA .

    Comment by joel rambaud — September 3, 2014 @ 10:30 pm

  27. Best blog comment thread ever. Gangster bar owner comes out swinging (literally) and then hottie sidekick comes into blog comments section swinging (figuratively). Should have named the place Bonnie & Clyde’s. Not sure why they called this place a speakeasy. I had envisioned a secret entrance into a cellar-style bar ala Bourbon & Branch in SF.

    Comment by AJ — September 4, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

  28. @ BigJohnson #19: Couldn’t agree with you more about the need for a Pluto’s in Alameda. I had been hoping that one would go into Alameda Landing. I had lobbied the planning commission for it but no one listened and now we have 2 more burger joints. Boring. Lame. A Pluto’s on Webster would do well IMO.

    Comment by AJ — September 4, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

  29. AJ, the Planning Board really doesn’t have a lot of control over the retailers that decide to go into different developments.

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 4, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

  30. I just read the menu on Pluto’s and it sounds great. Hopefully one will come to Alameda Landing (they still have a lot of space), Webster St or the retail on the point. Maybe instead of lobbing the planning board lobby Pluto’s.

    Don’t count Capone’s yet, they could still turn it around.

    Comment by Joseph — September 4, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

  31. Hard not to feel bad for all the people who worked so hard on Capones for so long and are watching it slip away because of this gentleman’s rage/alcohol issues. Also- all those people who will lose their jobs if the license gets yanked and has to close but hopefully- it is in one of the partners’ names and if they sideline him- it can get back on track. Still routing for the place and all the other people working there – the gloating out there is getting really old though.

    Comment by librarycat — September 4, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

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