It's started off slowly, but Richard Patane and Timothy Fowler are planning nightly activities to get customers into Joe's Bar & Grill, which opened a little more than a week ago on Highway 88 in the west end of Lockeford.
Patane, who's owned upscale restaurants on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and in Burlingame, is now trying his hand in Lockeford after deciding he didn't want to live in the Bay Area anymore.
Petane has teamed up with Timothy Fowler, a Lockeford community leader, to operate Joe's Bar & Grill. An official grand opening is scheduled for the next two weeks, but a date hasn't been set.
Petane, who lives on a golf course in Ione, learned the restaurant business from his father, who owned Scomas's Restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf. It has since been sold.
More recently, Petane owned Joe's of Italy in the same shopping center as where Joe's Bar & Grill is. Petane decided he wanted a different kind of restaurant in a larger building that offered greater variety.
"I wanted to put something in here that everyone can enjoy," Petane said.
On Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, it's a sports bar for the football fan. There will be live country-western and classic rock bands on Friday and Saturday nights, and karaoke on Thursdays.
Every six to eight weeks, a tribute band will perform. At the former Joe's of Italy, tribute singers to Elvis Presley, Journey and the Rat Pack performed. Petane envisions bringing them back to the new restaurant.
The new restaurant has a banquet room and two pool tables, which will allow for pool tournaments
Fowler got into the picture as an occasional customer at the former Joe's of Italy. In May, Petane decided to expand and open the bar and grill, and Fowler proposed that he be promotions and marketing manager.
Fowler is known in Lockeford on several fronts — he was the first chairman of the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council when it formed in 2002, he helped rescue the Clements-Lockeford Chamber of Commerce in 2006, which was ready to disband and was in dire need of leadership, and he's vice president of the Lockeford Historical Society.
Fowler was also vice president of the Lodi All-Veterans Plaza Foundation in the early 2000s.
Born and raised in Lodi, Fowler lived in Amador County for 10 years beginning in 1989 and then moved to Lockeford. He was a building contractor for 35 years, then operated a computer store on Highway 88, ran a debt negotiating business and now manages property in Lodi and Lockeford.
In addition to a full bar and full menu, the restaurant has a bunch of sports memorabilia, including jerseys and framed pictures along with framed pictures of celebrities who dined at Scoma's, such as Joe Montana and Liza Minelli.
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