Proposal for nightclub at Pacific East Mall gets unanimous approval

Proposal for nightclub at Pacific East Mall gets unanimous approval

After promising a nightclub rivaling those in San Francisco, the owners of a forthcoming Peruvian restaurant and dance club at Pacific East Mall have received unanimous approval by the Richmond Planning Commission.

On Sept. 17, the commission approved a beer, wine and spirits license for Inca’s Palace Restaurant & Dance Club at 3288 Pierce St., which owners hope to open later this fall. The business is locating in a site formerly occupied by Coriya Hot Pot City.

The approval came after city planner Hector Lopez said the space is being properly sound-proofed and that owners have taken the steps to comply with building and fire codes. The Richmond Police Department reviewed and approved the plans, and the mall is equipped with adequate parking, Lopez said.

The restaurant’s operating hours will be between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., with the nightclub running from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Owners are working with 5,000 square feet of space, with the first level at 3,500 square feet and the mezzanine at 1,500, Lopez said.

Co-owner Emilio Lara said Inca’s Palace will create 40 jobs and will include a large security staff. The chef for the new restaurant was recruited from Peru, as were ingredients, Lara said. The designers of the nightclub “have opened places in Las Vegas,” he added.

“This is really going to go hand in hand with the plan the city has, which is to put Richmond on the map and give it more exposure,” Lara said.

Fellow owner Jose Lara said safety and security is the primary aim for the nightclub, which intends to feature different types of music depending on the night and appeal to all age groups. The Laras say they have contacted Uber and taxi services to ensure late-night pick-ups.

As the plan will apparently have little impact to nearby residences, Commissioner Andrew Butt said the nightclub “could be an exciting addition to Richmond.”

“It does sound like a really interesting business venture,” Commissioner Marilyn Langlois said. “Once its up and running…I would like to come and patronize it and have some good food.”

Jose Lara said the business is currently under construction. He hopes to have the work done by the end of October.