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Danville council to vote on continued outdoor dining

Original post made on Oct 4, 2022

The Danville Town Council is poised to vote on a measure Tuesday that would allow extended use of expanded outdoor dining areas such as parklets while putting in place new, stricter safety and design requirements.

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Posted by Danville Mom
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2022 at 1:16 pm

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The extra seating works for a lot of restaurants/food establishments, like Yogurt Shack and Primo’s or in The Livery. However, much of the seating along the main street in Danville seems dangerous, like right on Hartz Ave., where cars drive by very fast, especially on weekend nights, and there is nothing but some flimsy metal gate between the seating and the narrow lanes on this street. My friends and family and I have sat a few times at a few different restaurants along this street recently at night and we did not feel safe at all, realizing how easily it is for a car to easily crash right into us. At least in Pleasanton they close the road down for this outdoor dining just during the dining hours.

Also, on another note, many Danville restaurants are closed at 8 pm on weekend nights or at 9 pm. This is too early. Also, they start cleaning up around you a half hour before closing and putting chairs on tables while you’re eating, so a restaurant that closes at 9 pm really doesn’t want you to stay past 8:30. You feel like you have to arrive somewhere by 7:30 pm at the latest and be finished by 8:30 for a restaurant closing at 9 pm or an hour earlier at the many places that close at 8 pm, even on weekend nights. Not all Danvillians eat early and are in bed at 10 pm on weekends!!!


Posted by Harrison Tamaki
a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2022 at 9:24 am

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• However, much of the seating along the main street in Danville seems dangerous, like right on Hartz Ave., where cars drive by very fast, especially on weekend nights, and there is nothing but some flimsy metal gates.

^ Installing reinforced cyclone fences or concrete barriers (similar to freeway dividers) along Hartz Avenue would remedy this safety issue.

• Not all Danvillians eat early and are in bed at 10 pm on weekends!!!

^ This practice is generally reserved for the elderly types who enjoy getting up early.


Posted by Keshawn Jackson
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2022 at 12:24 pm

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Eating a meal outdoors with car whizzing by blowing exhaust fumes sounds very unpleasant.

How about restricting Hartz Avenue traffic to EVs only?


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Oct 7, 2022 at 5:40 pm

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Dining on Hartz does seem dangerous. I prefer indoor dining myself, but I want restaurants to make money and what's best for Danville.


Posted by Mavis Young
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 8, 2022 at 6:34 am

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Another option would be having domed concrete pods erected along Hartz Avenue to provide protective outdoor dining with an indoor experience.


Posted by Claudia Jenkins
a resident of Danville
on Oct 8, 2022 at 8:30 am

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How about a 'drive-in' dining experience where the food servers bring dinner to your parked car?

They could attach a serving tray to each car door where a diner is situated.

That way the regular parking options remain viable along Hartz Avenue.

The only time this approach might not be feasible is if it is raining heavily outside but little tray canopies (resembling a dome tent) covering the food would solve matters.


Posted by Bruno Lentz
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 8, 2022 at 9:50 am

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Closing off Hartz Avenue to all traffic would accommodate more restaurant diners and ensure their personal safety from passing cars.


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