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September 9, 2009 > World-class jazz and blues club for Hayward

World-class jazz and blues club for Hayward

By Simon Wong

Images courtesy of Dariel Gilder and City of Hayward

Hayward City Council's Downtown Committee has considered proposals for the "B Street Jazz Vault." Gilder Global Management Group will establish a jazz and blues club in the historic bank building at 1004 B Street (and Main Street) and a restaurant next door at 1010 B Street. An arched, double-doorway will connect the two. Each building has a different owner.

The bank building, constructed in the 1920's and once occupied by Bank of America, has been vacant for about 14 years. A contemporary design is planned for the jazz club and restaurant. New windows and exterior lighting will be installed as will outdoor seating on B Street. Small palms will be placed on B and Main Streets but original features will be left in place.

B Street Jazz Vault, with a capacity of 250, will host world-class jazz and blues artists from Thursday through Sunday; Tuesdays are reserved for local and amateur talent. The club will be open 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. with a "happy hour" between 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Tickets for performances will be available through Ticketmaster, other third-party vendors and the club's website. The jazz club will have a multi-sided, full bar enabling access to all parts of the club. Food can be ordered from the neighboring restaurant except during a live concert. Experience has shown that dining during a performance proves a distraction to both the entertainers and the audience.

Outside business hours, the club will host master classes and workshops for local musicians. This educational element will supplement music programs in local schools and colleges.

There will be a mix of bar stools, booths, cocktail tables and lounge seating over two floors with a mezzanine level for a different perspective. The main floor will carry seating at varying heights for unobstructed views of performers. An elevated stage will improve visibility. A VIP-room, with its own full bar and seating, will be located at the rear of the main floor in the former bank's vault. Both floors will have restrooms and the second floor will have an office.

The restaurant will serve tapas and small plates for lunch (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. - 2 a.m.). A wine bar will serve beer, wine and champagne. Clients may also purchase wine by the ounce from Enomatic machines. Wine education classes may also be held in the restaurant.

New parking is not required for this project because it is located in the Central Parking District. A small lot at the rear of 1004 B Street will provide approximately 18 parking spaces. Municipal parking lots #1 and #2, parking behind Cinema Place and the parking structure opposite City Hall provide a total of 1,036 spaces in the Downtown area. This meets the project's parking requirements. Valet parking may be provided when necessary.

The project is anticipated to cost $3.5M and open for business on March 1, 2010.
"We decided to locate in Hayward rather than in Berkeley or San Francisco because Hayward is the Heart of the Bay and is located close to every main artery (I-92, I-880, I-580 & I-680). The City of Hayward has embraced our concept and project more than any other city in the Bay Area," stated Dariel Gilder, President & CEO, Gilder Global Management Group.

The business will create 20 full-time positions and 20 part-time jobs of which at least 51 percent will be offered to low- and moderate-income applicants as per the terms of the small business loan received from the City of Hayward.

The City's Planning Commission will now consider applications for use permits for the proposed venture.

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