ALAMEDA -- The long-anticipated grand opening celebration of Capone's Speakeasy on Park Street on Aug. 30 was marred when police arrested one of the restaurant's owners on suspicion of public intoxication, battery on an officer and other charges.
The arrest occurred after officers were dispatched to the neighborhood because a juvenile who had been reported missing was found at the Starbucks across the street from the restaurant at 1400 Park St., Alameda police Lt. Jill Ottaviano said.
As the officers were talking with the juvenile, Mark Strachan approached the group, pulled on an officer's arm -- the reason why was not immediately clear -- then ran back across the street toward the restaurant, police said.
Ottaviano said officers finished dealing with the juvenile, then decided to follow and question the 50-year-old Strachan because he was possibly drunk.
Along with public intoxication, police arrested him about 9:05 p.m. on suspicion of battery on an officer, resisting police and violating the conditions of his probation.
Strachan, the president and CEO of the restaurant, was not immediately available for comment.
Capone's Speakeasy is a 1920s-themed restaurant located in a former bank. It has an 85-seat dining room and a 72-foot long mahogany-topped bar with brass trim, as well as a private dining venue inside a former bank vault that can accommodate up to 16 seated guests.
-- Peter Hegarty, Staff