The ‘Best in Sil­i­con Val­ley’ for 16 years plans come­back this fall

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - By Judy Peter­son jpeter­son@ba­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact Judy Peter­son at 408-200-1038.

Mer­cury News read­ers named Double D’s Sports Grille in down­town Los Gatos the “Best Sports Bar in Sil­i­con Val­ley” for 16 years run­ning, but that record came to an abrupt halt when the pop­u­lar hang­out was gut­ted by fire in April 2016.

But Double D’s is com­ing back soon, with re­con­struc­tion of the building ex­pected to be com­pleted by late Au­gust or early Septem­ber. The re­open­ing is tar­geted for somet ime in Oc­to­ber since own­ers Darin and Dean Devin­cenzi plan to spend amonth train­ing em­ploy­ees.

“It’s still a lit­tle early to know for sure when we’ll re­open, but we’re full steam ahead,” Dean Devin­cenzi said. “We’re about three­quar­ters done.”

The re­build­ing ef­fort took a weird twist in Fe­bru­ary 2017 when con­struc­tion work­ers un­earthed four tomb­stones buried on the site, which was once the town’s grave­yard.

The cas­kets buried there were dug up be­gin­ning in 1890 and moved across town to Los Gatos Memo­rial Park. But those four tomb­stones were some­how left be­hind and were re­buried last year on the Double D’s prop­erty.

Al­though con­struc­tion was slightly de­layed by 2017’s heavy winter rains, Devin­cenzi said ne­go­ti­a­tions with the building’s owner over “who would pay for what” caused a month­s­long de­lay.

The new Double D’s will prob­a­bly have a new dy­namic, Devin­cenzi said, with a long counter bi­sect­ing the bar and din­ing area. The counter seat­ing will of­fer a birds-eye view of some of the more than two dozen TV’s that will be mounted on walls.

“We had 22 TVs be­fore and we haven’t de­cided yet how many to put in, but it will be at least 25,” Devin­cenzi said. “It re­ally doesn’t mat­ter if there’s any­thing on TV. That’s just gravy for us. We al­ways want to be known as a place to eat.”

Al­though the menu hasn’t been fi­nal­ized, there will be typ­i­cal sports pub fare such as burg­ers and wings, plus sand­wiches and pasta dishes.

“I’d like to avoid fried foods and cre­ate our own path,” Devin­cenzi said.

He ex­pects to hire as many as 75 em­ploy­ees, some of whom are for­mer work­ers “ea­ger” to come back to work.

One big change pa­trons will no­tice is that the new Double D’s will not have any pool ta­bles, amove that’s ex­pected to help keep noise lev­els down.

PHOTO BY JUDY PETER­SON

Double D’s Sports Grille in down­town Los Gatos is ex­pected to re­open in Oc­to­ber, fol­low­ing an April 2016fire that gut­ted the pop­u­lar sports bar and restau­rant.

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