The Hidden Gem of Union City
Where can you find a great spot to eat and have a drink, a hidden gem, right here in Union City? Chaplin’s Sports Bistro is giving us all a needed break from chain restaurants. A place to watch the game, and have a local craft beer, with some great food. A place any woman can enjoy even if she’s not a sports fan, with a crafted cocktail made with freshly pressed juices. Servers and staff who love where they work and make you feel at home when you walk in the door.
In my conversation with Alfred Anderson, the owner of Chaplin’s we break down what makes Chaplin’s a success. It is no accident. Alfred is an East Bay native, who worked for years in the hospitality industry. Bartending in a local major chain restaurant, Alfred grew frustrated. He wasn’t able to make the changes he wanted to make since it wasn’t his place.
So Alfred made the jump, investing in a business of his own. He put all of his knowledge, his high standards, and big ideas into creating the restaurant and bar he envisioned, and Chaplin’s is the result.
We dive into his journey from College to traveling the world, and the lessons learned that he eventually brought back home. Hear his story of a simple yet perfectly crafted, Jack and Coke Alfred had in Japan, that was part of his inspiration to bring something different to the East Bay.
Chaplin’s has become a go-to spot for many to catch the Warriors games and UFC fights with tables filling up an hour before game time. The last few years have been great for Sports in the Bay Area. From the Giants winning the World Series, to our Championship Warriors. It’s also a Beer Lover’s destination with 4 rotating taps from mostly local breweries, and a large curated selection of bottled craft beers. There is a beer revolution going on around us. A culture has formed around beer, much like wine enthusiasts, with Beer Apps that allow people to find or discover new favorite micro breweries.
Alfred shares his story of where the name Chaplin’s came from. We also talk about his challenges in running his business and his advice on how best to handle them.
“Problems are going to happen you won’t always have the answers right away and you can’t take care of everything all at once, that’s just going to stress you out. Things take time and you can’t control everything.”
I asked Alfred for his advice, as an entrepreneur, on being able to make it work.
“If I know I gave it my all and do everything I can to make them have a good experience it makes it easier for me to sleep at night
Keeping a smile on my face is going to go a long way towards people having a good time when they come to my establishment.” – Alfred Anderson