A popular downtown Danville business closed its doors to Anglophiles and fish and chips lovers in August. British pub and restaurant The Crown closed its Hartz Avenue location after more than 12 years in business.
"We decided last Christmas that would be our last summer," said Crown owner Mari Kennard. "With any business it's like renewing your vows when you decide to reinvest in business and renew the lease."
Kennard also owns Redcoats Pub & Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton where she says many Danville patrons are visiting to enjoy fish and chips. Although she is nearing retirement, Kennard said she has no plans to close Redcoats.
"The primary manager (of The Crown) was my daughter Sally and she... is making a career change to have a better family life with a nine to five kind of job," Kennard said. "This allows us to get together socially more as it's hard to hang out with family when you're both working at restaurants."
Kennard called the "outpouring of support and nice, kind words" from long-time patrons heartwarming.
"I'll miss the people, our staff and the customers. We've had long relationships with people," she said.
Come February 2014, 331 Hartz Ave. will be home to another homegrown restaurant when Cafe Esin owners Esin and Curtis deCarion open a second restaurant with a new twist. The restauranteurs will gut the old Crown space and renovate to fit Rebel, a neighborhood tavern.
"We're doing a slightly different concept than what we're doing here," said Esin Manager Randy Cross. "Rebel is going to be an upscale neighborhood tavern, Curtis and Esin's quality and care with the food but in a more small plate environment. More bar driven with craft cocktails, craft beers and keg wine."