1273 Locust St, Walnut Creek
The downtown Walnut Creek pizza scene has been exploding recently. Although Project Pie closed, two more pizzerias are coming to take its place. Last week we learned that Slice House would be coming to Walnut Creek and now San Jose-based pizzeria Take One Pizza is coming to downtown Walnut Creek next to Century Movie Theater where Coco Swirl used to be. Check out their menu here. Pizzas ready in 5 minutes.
From their website:
We’ve taken the model of a movie studio—call it the pizza studio—and made you the director at Take One Pizza where you call the shots. Pick the toppings you want exactly the way you want. Our staff moves when you say action and your pizzas are ready in 5 minutes or less. Daily, our chef hand selects over 40 fresh ingredients and toppings to choose from. Flaming hot, our brick ovens bake your pizza in three minutes or less. We are all about great flavor and convenience.
3614 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Early this summer we saw the progress of Walgreens in Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd. and they are now open. Conveniently, the parking lot is connected to the Pet Food Express parking lot making it easy to exit for a left turn. Thanks to everyone who emailed about this.
Lindsay Wildlife 60th Birthday Bash & Community Festival:
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Ave, Walnut Creek
Sunday, October 11th, 2015
10:00am – 5:00pm | Free
Join us for a free day in the exhibit hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where you can meet Lindsay’s animal ambassadors, see our pioneering animal hospital, have fun in a special Lindsay 60th Photo Backdrop. Then head to Larkey Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy live wild animal exhibitions, falcon flights, raffle, crafts, face painting, food from Taste of the World Food Trucks and fun!
Click here for full schedule events!
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
In July we learned that lululemon would be relocating, along with ivivva, its shop geared towards athletic wear for girls within downtown Walnut Creek to Broadway Plaza and recently plans were submitted for a cool metal tree sculpture that would adorn the outside walls. Located across from Nordstrom, this will have a major impact in Broadway Plaza due to its visibility. I wonder how close the final design will be to this rendering. Stay tuned…
This week we learned that Sinful Bliss Cupcakes closed in Pleasant Hill with some wondering whether cupcakes have had their 15 minutes. Same for frozen yogurt. These days juice bars seem to be in vogue. What do you think the next big thing will be, say, five years from now? Cronuts?
Herbal Remedies Workshop – Simple Herbal Remedies:
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm | $20
Looking for natural ways to fend off a cold this fall and winter? Learn how to create your own immune-boosting herbal remedies and make some herbal tea at our October workshop: Simple Herbal Remedies!
Willows Shopping Center, Concord
We have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Palo Alto-based Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream in the Willows Shopping Center in Concord and they are now open. They have been around since 1956 and this is their only other location! With flavors like Computer Chip (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips and a hint of orange flavor) I can see how they’re from Palo Alto. Check out their complete 48 flavor menu here. On Saturday, October 10th from 11am – 10pm they are having a special buy one-get one free deal for scoops and regular sundaes.
More photos after the jump…
Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center
Last November we learned that Lucky supermarket closed in the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center and as you can see from the sign in the above photo Orchard Supply Hardware is opening in its place, “coming soon”.
2nd Annual Art of Mixology:
2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
4:30pm – 7:00pm | $45
Find yourself in good spirits on Saturday, October 10 from 4:30-7pm at the second annual Art of Mixology cocktail tasting and competition at Orinda Theatre Square. Sample 20 craft cocktails, snack on tasty foods and enjoy the festive music. Professional bartenders compete for cash and the Mixologist of the Year Award and Audience Favorite. Tickets at http://LamorindaArts.org/Mixology. This event benefits the Lamorinda Arts programs.
1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek
Pizza fans rejoice! Slice House by Tony Gemignani is coming to the 1500 Mt. Diablo building at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek. The projected opening is scheduled for January, 2016. They will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Check out their 2nd St. San Francisco menu here. Look for updates on their Walnut Creek website here. According to the developer, the Walnut Creek location will feature:
- Imported Italian Triple Stack Brick Ovens
- Traditional and Artisan Slices made with an array of authentic sauces and seasonal ingredients
- New York, Sicilian, Grandma, California Style
- Multi Ancient Grain Pizzas
- House made – Pasta and Italian Sausages
- Hand Pulled a Mozzarella
- Several Salads and cold Pasta Salads
- Panini, Subs
- Gourmet/third wave coffee from North Beach such as Cafe
- Roma and Cafe Trieste
- Cold Press Juices
- Soup from scratch
- Gelato and Tiramisu
From the developer:
We’re very excited that our last and smallest space which is on the ground floor at Mt. Diablo & Commercial Lane will be a Slice House by Tony Gemignani, which will be his first location in the East Bay.