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Don’t count Nostrand out in future elections

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Jul 22, 2010

Fellow business associates and friends crowded into a newly-expanded outdoor seating area the other day to celebrate its official opening at the Hop Yard American Alehouse & Grill on Hopyard Road and to toast the pub's owner Otis Nostrand. I can't recall such a boisterous event before over a new patio, but then Nostrand is a lifelong Pleasanton enthusiast who always draws a crowd. With the added space, the Hop Yard, as it's most often called, can easily accommodate more than 200 patrons on Friday evenings when football fans from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools stop in for late night family meals. Although it's not a Sports Bar, the Hop Yard has television sets most often turned to sporting events and the place caters to both adult players and younger soccer, baseball and soccer players and their parents from the Pleasanton Sports Park players just back of the restaurant. It's the only food and beverage facility with a back door that leads to the Sports Park, including a spacious parking lot Nostrand shares with the fans.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

It's time...

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Posted by You Know You're Old School Pleasanton if.....
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

.....You know Otis Nostrand's real name is Eric and he was given his nickname by Mr. Zac in the 5th grade at Valley View because he wore a KC Chiefs Otis Taylor jersey every day to school.

Otis would win any elective office in this town by a landslide. If he is so inclined I would be happy to vote for and support him. It wouldn't matter how many candidates were running. I won't hold his UC Berkeley heritage against him.