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Table of Contents

Photo Gallery:
Oakland A's, Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers, Brandi Chastain, San Francisco Giants, Cal v. Saint Mary's (Rugby), San Jose Barracuda v. Stockton Heat, South Bay Duathlon, Race Across America

Weekly Sports Calendar

A Farewell to Francesco's Restaurant
By Dave Newhouse


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For Your Viewing Pleasure


Michael Zagaris - 3-7-16
Spring Training found the Oakland A's at the San Diego Padres on  Sunday, March 6, in Peoria, Az. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Peyton Manning - 3-7-16 - Ed Jay
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will make an official
 retirement announcement on Monday, according to Broncos sources. Manning earned a record five MVP awards and two Super Bowl trophies, placing him in very elite company. Of note: five years from now both Peyton and Charles Woodson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as they both entered the NFL in 1988 and retired this past season. Photo by Ed Jay. 


Quintin Patton - 3-7-16 - Kenny Karst
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton had his best of three NFL seasons in 2015, with 30 receptions for 394 yards, and 17 kickoff returns for 157 yards. Early practice in April, May and June for wide receivers is heaven: no pads, no hitting, and no media coverage. Training camp begins in August for the 49ers. Photo by Kenny Karst.


en - Ed Jay - 3-7-16
Local resident and retired women's soccer legend Brandi Chastain has agreed to donate her brain for C.T.E. research. C.T.E. has been found in several male soccer players and researchers believe heading the ball is responsible. (No female athletes have been found to have had C.T.E. but the sample size has been small.) Chastain played soccer for over 40 years and now teaches youth soccer. Photo by Ed Jay.


Trevor Brown - 3-5-16 - Ed Jay
Spring Training started last week and all is right with the world. Many players are vying for a spot on the San Francisco Giants' roster and catcher Trevor Brown came up for a cup of coffee late last year and early indications are he will compete for the back-up catcher position. To pursue a major league career, Brown left his dream job. And what job might that be? Working at In-N-Out Burger! Photo by Ed Jay.


Cal v. Saint Mary's - 3-5-16 - Darren Yamashita
Rugby is a demanding, physical game played without the protection of face masks, helmets or pads and relies on quickness, strength and an endurance for pain. Above, Saint Mary's College center Aaron Matthews sprints up field as the Cal defense pursues. Cal would prevail on a wet and windy Saturday for a 27-14 win at Saint Mary's Stadium. Photo by Darren Yamashita.


Cal v. Saint Mary's - 3-5-16 - Darren Yamashita
A Cal player tries to run through a headlock applied by a Saint Mary's College defender. With their victory, Cal's record improved to 11-1, 3-0 Pac-12 while Saint Mary's fell to 5-3. Photo by Darren Yamashita.


Cal v. Saint Mary's - 3-5-16 - Darren Yamashita
Yikes! Carrying a heavy backpack is one thing but a 220-pound grown man intent on mayhem is another! Photo by Darren Yamashita.


Cal v. Saint Mary's - 3-6-16 - Darren Yamashita
Cal celebrates after a try by George Vrame gives the Bears an 8-point lead late in the second half over the Gaels. Conference play for Cal resumes on March 12 at home versus Oregon State at 1 p.m. 
To view a photo album of the match, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. 
Photo by Darren Yamashita.


Barracuda - 3-1-16 - Jack Lima
San Jose Barracuda defenseman Gus Young (70) trips Stockton Heat forward Hunter Smith (34). The Barracuda (24-18-6-3, 57pts) scored five goals on special teams for a 7-1 win over the visiting Heat (23-22-1-2, 49pts) in front of 3,985 fans at the SAP Center on Tuesday evening. Photo by Jack Lima.


Barracuda - 3-1-16 - Jack Lima
Stockton Heat's Hunter Shinkaruk (16) goes to the front of the net in front of San Jose Barracuda goalie Troy Grosenick as Julius Bergman (63) defends. Grosenick picked up his 11th win of season with 18 saves. Photo by Jack Lima.


Barracua - 3-1-16 - Jack Lima
Barracuda forward Ryan Carpenter (40) reaches for a rebound as Heat goalie Kevin Poulin tries to clear the puck. Photo by Jack Lima.


Larry Rosa - 3-7-16
The South Bay Duathlon was held on Sunday, March 6, in Morgan Hill with the bike course consisting of rolling hills and fast flat straights to keep all athletes challenged. Photo by Larry Rosa.


Larry Rosa - 3-7-16
Steve Fung of CBRE Racing finishes first in his age group and third over all for the men at the South Bay Duathlon. Photo by Larry Rosa.


Larry Rosa - 3-7-16
Above, cyclist Kelsey Withrow heads for a win. Photo by Larry Rosa.


Larry Rosa - 3-7-16
Ronald Papa, of the Oakland Triathlon Club, during the bike portion of the South Bay Duathlon in Morgan Hill on Sunday, March 6.


Larry Rosa - 3-7-16
The forecast stormy weather never materialized and other than a few puddles, the weather was beautiful at the South Bay Duathlon season kickoff. Photo by Larry Rosa.


Larry Rose -- 3-7-16
With spring-like weather, everyone was treated to a great morning of racing. Photo by Larry Rosa. (Footnote: Larry will also cover the Half Moon Bay Triathlon on April 17. For information, visit usapevents.com.)


Vic - RAAM - 3-7-16
When Mark Pattinson finished second in the 2014 Race Across America (RAAM), he posted a finish time of 9 days, 2 hours and 50 minutes, his second fastest RAAM finish ever. On the finish stage he said, "This probably is my last one. I know I've said that before but I'm 44 years old and you can't do the same thing forever. I've done five. Can you believe that? Five." But it appears he's reconsidered and has registered for his sixth RAAM. With three-time champion Christoph Strasser sitting out 2016, will Pattinson finally take his first win?

WEEKLY SPORTS CALENDAR
Monday, Mar. 7
Golden State Warriors v. Orlando Magic, 7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans, 5 p.m.
San Francisco Giants @ Texas Rangers, 12:05 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Kansas City Royals, 12:05 p.m.
San Jose Sharks @ Calgary Flames, 6 p.m.
Saint Mary's (M) BB v. Pepperdine, West Coast
     Conference Championships, Semifinals, Las
     Vegas, 6 p.m.
Saint Mary's (W) BB v. USF, West Coast
     Conference Championships, Semifinals, Las
     Vegas, 2 p.m.
USF (W) BB v. Saint Mary's, West Coast
     Conference Championships, Semifinals, Las
     Vegas, 2 p.m.
Sacramento State (W) BB v. Southern Utah, Big Sky
     Tournament, First Round, Reno, 5:35 p.m.
Fresno State (W) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, First Round, Las Vegas, TBA
Tuesday, Mar. 8
San Francisco Giants v. Cincinnati Reds, 6:05 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Texas Rangers, 12:05 p.m.
San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers, 6 p.m.
Sacramento State (M) BB v. Montana State, Big
     Sky Tournament, First Round, Reno, 5:35 p.m.
Saint Mary's (M) BB @ West Coast Conference
     Championships, Championship Game, Las
     Vegas, 6 p.m.
UC Davis (W) BB @ Big West, First Round, Irvine,
     TBA
Saint Mary's (W) BB @ West Coast Conference
     Championships, Championship Game, Las
     Vegas, 1 p.m.
USF (W) BB @ West Coast Conference
     Championships, Championship Game, Las
     Vegas, 1 p.m.
San Jose State (W) BB v. New Mexico, Mountain
     West Championship, Quarterfinals, Las Vegas,
     2:35 p.m.
Fresno State (W) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Quarterfinals, Las Vegas, TBA
Wednesday, Mar. 9
Golden State Warriors v. Utah Jazz, 7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings v. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
San Francisco Giants v. Colorado Rockies,
     12:05 p.m.
Oakland A's @ Chicago White Sox, 12:05 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda @ Stockton Heat, 7 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB v. Washington, Pac-12
     Tournament, First Round, Las Vegas, 12 noon
San Jose State (M) BB v. Colorado State, Mountain
     West Championship, First Round, Las Vegas,
     4 p.m.
UC Davis (W) BB @ Big West, Quarterfinals, Irvine,
     TBA
Sacramento State (W) BB @ Big Sky Tournament,
     Quarterfinals, Reno, TBA
San Jose State (W) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Semifinals, Las Vegas, TBA
Fresno State (W) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Semifinals, Las Vegas, TBA
Thursday, Mar. 10
San Francisco Giants @ Milwaukee Brewers, 
     12:05 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Los Angeles Dodgers, 12:05 p.m.
San Jose Sharks v. New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m.
Cal (M) BB v. Oregon State or Arizona State,
     Pac-12 Tournament, Quarterfinals, 8:30 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,
     Quarterfinals, Las Vegas, All Day
San Jose State (M) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Quarterfinals, Las Vegas, TBA
Sacramento State (M) BB @ Big Sky Tournament,
     Quarterfinals, Reno, TBA
Fresno State (M) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Quarterfinals, Las Vegas, 6 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 11
Golden State Warriors v. Portland Trailblazers,
     7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings v. Orlando Magic, 7 p.m.
San Francisco Giants v. Seattle Mariners,
     12:05 p.m.
Oakland A's @ Cincinnati Reds, 12:05 p.m.
Stockton Heat v. Texas Stars, 7:30 p.m.
Cal (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament, Semifinals,
     Las Vegas, 8:30 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,
     Semifinals, Las Vegas, 6 p.m.
San Jose State (M) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Semifinals, Las Vegas, TBA
Sacramento State (M) BB @ Big Sky Tournament,
     Semifinals, Reno, TBA
Fresno State (M) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Semifinals, Las Vegas, TBA
Sacramento State (W) BB @ Big Sky Tournament,
     Semifinals, Reno, TBA
San Jose State (W) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Championship Game, Las Vegas,
     12 p.m.
CSUEB (W) BB @ NCAA West Regionals,
     First Round, TBA
UC Davis (W) BB @ Big West, Semifinals, Anaheim,
     TBA
Fresno State (W) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Championship Game, Las Vegas,
     12 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 12
Golden State Warriors v. Phoenix Suns,
     7:30 p.m.
San Francisco Giants (SS) v. Arizona
     Diamondbacks, 12:05 p.m.
San Francisco Giants (SS) @ Los Angeles Angels,
     12:05 p.m.
Oakland A's @ Texas Rangers, 12:05 p.m.
San Jose Sharks v. Washington Capitals,
     7:30 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors,
     7 p.m.
Stockton Heat v. Texas Stars, 7:30 p.m.
Cal (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,
     Championship, Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,
     Championship, Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
San Jose State (M) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Championship Game, Las
     Vegas, TBA
Sacramento State (M) BB @ Big Sky
     Tournament, Championship, Reno, TBA
Fresno State (M) BB @ Mountain West
     Championship, Championship Game, Las
     Vegas, TBA
CSUEB (W) BB @ NCAA West Regionals,
     Quarterfinals, TBA
Sacramento State (W) BB @ Big Sky
     Tournament, Championship, Reno, TBA
UC Davis (W) BB @ Big West, Championship,
     Anaheim, TBA
Sunday, Mar. 13
Sacramento Kings v. Utah Jazz, 3 p.m.
San Francisco Giants v. San Diego Padres,
     3:05 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes v. Portland Timbers,
     4 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda v. Ontario Reign, 5 p.m.
CSUEB (W) BB @ NCAA West Regionals,
     Semifinals, TBA

Golf Tournaments
7th Annual Bogey Bash, The Hill Course @
    Castlewood Country Club, Monday, May 9.

Minor League Team Affiliations (Hockey)
San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks) -- AHL,  
     American Hockey League
Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) -- AHL, 
     American Hockey League

Minor League Team Affiliations
(Baseball)
Nashville Sounds (Oakland A's) -- AAA,
     Pacific Coast League
Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants) --
     AAA, Pacific Coast League
San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants) --    
     Advanced A, California League
Stockton Ports (Oakland A's) -- Advanced A,
     California League
 
Legend 
(BB): Basketball
(M): Men
(W): Women

Media 
Cal BB (M): KGO 810 AM
Cal BB (W): Pac-12 Network
Cal football: KGO 810 AM
Fresno Grizzlies: KYNO 1430  AM
Fresno State football: 940 AM ESPN Radio
Golden State Warriors: KNBR 680 AM
Oakland A's: 95.7 FM The Game
Oakland Raiders: 95.7 FM The Game, KFOX
     102.1/98.5 FM
Sacramento Kings: KHTK 1140 AM
Sacramento River Cats: Talk 650 AM KSTE 
San Francisco 49ers: KNBR 680/1050 AM, KGO
     810 AM, KSAN 107.7 FM
San Francisco Giants: KNBR 680 AM
San Jose Barracuda: KDOW 1220 AM
San Jose Earthquakes: 1590 KLIV  AM,
      1370 KZSF AM (Spanish)
San Jose Giants: MiLB Gameday Audio
San Jose SaberCats: KDOW 1220 AM
San Jose Sharks, KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose,
       102.1 FM San Francisco
San Jose State football: KLIV 1590 AM
Stanford BB (M): KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)
Stanford BB (W): KZSU 90.1 FM
Stanford football: KNBR 1050 AM
Stockton Ports: KWSX 1280 AM
UC Davis football: KTHK 1140 AM
Sports Pulse
Francesco's Crew - 3-16 - Ann Cooke
(Left to right) Columnists Dave Newhouse and Frosene Phillips, long-time patron Sandy Gross, owner Theresa and head chef Mike Erwin. Photo by Ann Cooke.

Dave Newhouse - 2015

A Farewell to Francesco's Restaurant
 
By Dave Newhouse

 

Tradition is taking another blow to the chin. Two blows, actually. Francesco's Restaurant in Oakland will close Friday, March 31 after 48 years. The Oakland Tribune will cease being a daily newspaper Monday, April 4 after 150 years.

That's nearly 200 years of tradition down for the count, and the timing couldn't be stranger. For Oakland is experiencing an economic boom unlike anything we've seen in modern times. Businesses are opening, right and left, and Oakland now is perceived nationally as a destination city. Even Oakland's restaurants are receiving better reviews than San Francisco's.

And the food still is great at Francesco's, a fixture at the corner of Hegenberger and Pardee, just north of the Oakland International Airport. And with three sports teams in Oakland, including the best basketball team on the planet, Oakland won't have the daily Tribune to cover them anymore.

Francesco's clearly had an attendant role in Oakland's sports scene, as representatives of the Raiders, A's and Warriors dined there for years. Al Davis had his own booth, No. 51. Billy Martin dined there with his mother, and two of his uniforms hang in a banquet room filled with sports memorabilia. In another banquet room, the A's Booster Club held its regular meetings, at which I occasionally was the master of ceremony. Tom Flores still loves Francesco's.

Davis and Martin are gone, and soon so will be Francesco's, the restaurant that Dewey Bargiacchi built into one of Oakland's most popular eating spots. Bargiacchi is gone, too, and his daughter, Theresa Erwin, the new owner, finally decided that it was time for the restaurant to say goodbye.

"I've been here since it opened in 1968," she said. "I'm third generation; my grandmother, Josephine Bargiacchi, owned the Villa de la Paix Restaurant in Oakland. My father had the Chandelier Restaurant before coming to Francesco's. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Sociology, but I got too comfortable with the restaurant, and decided I would get my fill here instead of with social work. It's been a wonderful relationship."

Francesco's - 3-16
Left to right: Waitstaff Juan Villegas, Karen Patrone, Kent Berman.
Francesco's - 3-16
Personable bartender Dino Keres served guests for over 25 years.

Employees of Francesco's got their fill as well, and didn't leave. Cucu Curiel has been there since '68, several others from 20 to 35 years. It's a great working environment as well as having great cuisine. So what changed to the point of shutting down operations for good?

"There was so much activity around this area in the '60s and '70s that we were spoiled by those times," said Theresa. "We had the A's, the Raiders, the Warriors, and the (hockey) Seals. The Coliseum was jumping, local hotels were filled, but as time went on, the emphasis of the city was spent on building up Jack London Square and lower and upper Broadway. And we see now a great revival (in downtown Oakland), but this area kind of got lost in the shuffle."

Francesco's still does a wonderful business, but it doesn't pack them in like the old days. The old generation of Oakland's sports heroes dine here when they are in town -- Flores and Jim Plunkett never miss stopping by  -- but a new generation of sports heroes dine elsewhere. Plus there's a security issue; vandalism in the parking lot. Theresa was forced to hire a parking lot security man.

"It's time in a lot of ways; 48 years is a long time to be in business," she said. "And I don't have a fourth generation (of family) that would be interested (in continuing the tradition). Plus you live and die in the restaurant, and I'm getting toward the age of retirement. You don't want a call at 2 a.m. from someone who says, 'You better get down here, something's gone wrong.' "

Thus in another month you won't be able to call Francesco's for a reservation and you won't be able to call the Oakland Tribune to see why the morning paper wasn't delivered. Dial up the East Bay Times instead. Theresa is unsure who the next owner of the building will be, but that owner, for sure, won't be serving great Italian food. She believes the building will be razed.

The family relationship at Francesco's is so unusual that the owner, Theresa Erwin, and the head chef, Mike Erwin, once were man and wife. They had a daughter, now 28, and the parents continue to work together amiably.

Mike, a former boxer, is an avid weightlifter who pumped iron with Raiders' Matt Millen, Dave Pear, Todd Christensen and Art Shell. Mike also became friends with Marcus Allen, Kenny King - the three fished together - and Howie Long. Mike Davis had his wedding reception at Francesco's.

"The Raider coaches used to come in on Monday, which was film night (at their complex)," Mike said. "The offensive coaches sat at one table, the defensive coaches sat at another table, and they wouldn't talk to each other. I couldn't figure it out."

Mike is unsure where he'll work after Francesco's. "Got any ideas?" he said. Sandy Gross, owner of nearby AFCO Electronics and a Francesco's regular since 1968, isn't sure where he'll eat next.

"Maybe I'll go to Alameda," he said. "I used to come here two or three days a week. We also had a tie-in with the (Oakland) sports clubs, sponsoring them, giving them gifts. We still have A's season tickets behind home plate."

Francesco's - 3-16
Brothers Pepe (left) and Refujio (Cucu) Curiel minded the cooking fires.
Francesco's - 3-16
Waitperson Lisa Mendoza was an early staff member.

Francesco's and the Tribune once worked hand in hand. "What's Cooking at Francesco's", Dewey's column, ran weekly in the Saturday Tribune. There will be no more cooking, or cooks, after March.

But how to react when tradition dies and Francesco's and the Tribune are no more?

"It's sad," said Sandy Gross. "My business also is third generation and my kids will have no interest in it after I'm gone. It'll just die."

"It's like Sandy said, very sad," added Mike Erwin, "but nothing lasts forever."

"We do have to move on," said Theresa, "and remember the memories, the good times we've had, and all the customers we've met. We've been blessed to do it all these many years, but I'll miss it."

Restaurant equipment, she noted, will be auctioned off, while photographs on the wall will be donated or given away. The family will claim the chandeliers. Francesco's, then, will be everywhere.

I worked at the Oakland Tribune for 45 years, plus two years at the Contra Costa Times. The two merged into the Bay Area Newspaper Group, which now will become the East Bay Times.

But it's not the same tradition. Something significant is dying, divided by two. It's history, yes, but it's also home. And we won't be able to go home again, because it won't be there.
 
Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse published two books in 2015: Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty, and Dare To Dream: How James Madison University Became Coed and Shocked the Basketball World. Both are now available at bookstores and from Amazon.
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Below is a list of sports bars we recommend for all your sports viewing needs. Each is a worthy institution and they have the added distinction of also being longtime Ultimate Sports Guide advertisers. When you stop in, please extend our thanks.

 

San Francisco

Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary Street

The Blue Light, 1979 Union Street

Bus Stop, 1901 Union Street

The Chieftain, 198 5th Street

Danny Coyle's, 668 Haight Street

Dave's, 29 Third Street @ Kearny

Final Final, 2990 Baker @ Lombard

The Holding Company, #2 Embarcadro Center

Il Pirata, 2007 16th Street

Jake's Steaks, 3301 Buchanan Street

Jullian's, 101 4th Street

The Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan Street

Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight Street

Mucky Duck, 1315 9th Avenue

Nickie's Bar, 466 Haight Street

Players Sports Grill, Pier 39, Buildings L & M

Polo Grounds, 747 3rd Street

 

East Bay

Brennan's Restaurant, 4th & University, Berkeley

Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street, Alameda

City Beach, 4020 Technology Place, Fremont

Crogan's Montclair, 6101 La Salle Avenue, Oakland

Cue & Brew, 1029 Arnold Drive, #6, Martinez

Dan's Irish Sports Bar, 1524 Civic Street, Walnut Creek

Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill, 77 Hegenberger, Oakland

Ed's Mudville Grill, 6200 Center Street, Clayton

The Englander, 101 Parrott Street, San Leandro  

Evie's, 7138 Village Parkway, Dublin

Francesco's Restaurant, 8520 Pardee Drive, Oakland

Frank's Saloon, 2014 Marina Blvd., San Leandro

Funky Monkey, 22554 Main Street, Hayward

George & Walt's, 5445 College Avenue, Oakland

Grand Oaks Restaurant, 3701 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Go Sports Bar, 736 Washington Street, Oakland

Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany

Kingfish, 5227 Claremont, Oakland

Linguini's Pizza & Brew, 1508 Park Street, Alameda

Livermore Casino Sports Bar, 3571 First Street, Livermore

McCovey's Restaurant, 1444 N. California, Walnut Creek

Mr. Lucky's Bar & Grill, 1527 Locust Street. Walnut Creek

Oakland Moose Club, 690 Hegenberger Road

Oaks Corner, 4099 San Pablo, Emeryville

Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster Street, Alameda

Pacific Coast Brewing Co., 906 Washington Street, Oakland

Pasta Pelican, 2455 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda

Pete's Place, 610A San Pablo Avenue, Pinole

Rancho Sports Bar, 3912 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante

Ricky's Sports Grill, 15028 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro

Sports Edition Bar, Hilton Oakland Airport, Oakland

Stadium Pub, 1420 Lincoln Avenue, Walnut Creek

Tierney's Sports Bar, 540 San Pablo Avenue, Albany

WPLJ's Dance Club, 2112 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

 

Brisbane

7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd.

 

Burlingame 

The American Bull Bar & Grill, 1819 El Camino Real

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar, Hyatt Regency, Burlingame

 

Campbell 

Capers Eat & Drink, 1710 West Campbell   

 

Fair Oaks

Players Sports Pub, 4060 Sunrise Blvd.

 

Half Moon Bay 

Cameron's Restaurant Pub & Inn, 1410 South Cabrillo Hwy

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road

 

Foster City 

The Club House Bistro, 1221 Chess Drive  

 

Palo Alto 

Sundance The Steakhouse, 1921 El Camino Real

 

Point Richmond

Up & Under, 2 West Richmond Avenue   

 

San Jose 

Bay 101 Casino, 1801 Bering Drive

Britannia Arms, 5027 Almaden Expressway

Britannia Arms, 173 West Santa Clara

Britannia Arms, 1087 De Anza Blvd.    

 

San Rafael 

Pete's 881, 721 Lincoln Avenue

 

Santa Clara

City Beach, 2911 Mead Avenue

 

Santa Cruz 

One Double Oh Seven Club, 1007 Soquel Avenue    

 

Vacaville 

Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway

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